|Affiliation||Fantastic Four (Earth-52161)|
|Base of Operations||Baxter Building|
|Relatives||Maker (Genetic Template/Creator), Hulk (Genetic Template)|
|Unusual Features||Made of rocks|
|Place of Birth||Baxter Building|
|Created by||Artemis Panther|
- I was created by using DNA from the Maker and the Hulk. I'm the ultimate hero. If you think you can beat me, you're wrong. Big time.
- the Thing
A few days after Reed Richards, Susan Rosum, and Pyro moved into the Baxter Building to learn to control their powers, Reed began experimenting with his own altered DNA. The first clone he created ended up being a failure, so he got rid of it. Eventually, he combined his DNA sample with a small drop of the Hulk's blood, which completely altered the clone's body.
Reed brought his creation to life, giving the name "Benjamin", but Johnny said that sounded nerdy. The clone monstrosity, only a few hours old, was unable to register any words, until that point. He took offense to Johnny's comment and went into a rage. He broke out of the Baxter Building, so Reed sent Johnny and Sue after it until he could find a way to neutralize him.
As "Benjamin" began charging out of the tower, Johnny and Sue tried to keep him out of sight until they could think of a way to introduce him to the public. Eventually, Johnny decided he'd had enough of derailing "Benjamin" from society. He attacked the creature with his fire, which made Ben even angrier, almost snapping Johnny's neck. But Sue discovered she could create force fields, so she kept "Benjamin" captured until Reed arrived with the sedative.