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The Thing that outlived midcentury conformism

The Fantastic Four including Ben Grimm, aka “The Thing,” have been around for a little more than 60 years now. I have no more than a very limited idea what has gone on with the character during the most recent third of that.

But something occurred to me yesterday, which seems interesting enough to note. Did the original concept of The Thing, as a character tortured by his transformation into a monster, rely on a conformist culture which is now very obsoleteā€”and has the character concept evolved in response?

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