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Appearing in "The Pegasus Project Part 1: The Inner War!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #53.

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Synopsis for "The Pegasus Project Part 1: The Inner War!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #53.

Feeling guilty that he has neglected his adopted "son" Wundarr, the Thing decides to pay a visit to Project Pegasus to see if the young man has recovered from his coma since being exposed to the energies of the Cosmic Cube. After passing the security screening he is granted access and given a priority access card. When he meets Quasar, the new chief of security, Ben mistakes him for the Crusader -- an insane Uranian super-hero which the Fantastic Four previously battled and thought dead. After a brief scuffle, Quasar reveals that he is really Wendel Vaughn, whose father had recovered the Crusaders Quantum Bands following his death and gave them over to his son. With the misunderstanding cleared up, Quasar takes Ben to see Wundarr. Along the way, Ben runs into Thomas Lightner, who seems innocent enough but gives Ben the creeps. For good reason, however, because after the two heroes leave Lightner's presence, he calls in his mysterious employer and tells his master at an organization called Nth Command to initiate the next phase of a fiendish plot.

Meanwhile, in Manhattan, Thundra is walking the streets when he runs into a musclebound man threatening wrestling promoter Herkimer J. Oglethorpe. Easily beating the ruffian, Oglethorpe decides to offer her a career in the wrestling league which he promotes for.

Back at Project Pegasus, Quasar takes Thing to Wundarr's room and explains that since the man-child had been exposed to the Cosmic Cube he's been a living sponge, absorbing energies in his vicinity, even the Thing's own strength. Trying to rouse the boy doesn't work and so the two decide to retire for the night to check on the boys status in the morning. As they try to rest, Lightner knocks out some guards and allows Nth Command's operative: The cyborg Deathlok entry into the compound.

Unable to sleep, the Thing decides to pace around the compound, lost in thought he is unaware that he is walking right into the waiting aim of Deathlok who is programmed to kill anyone who gets in his way.

This story is continued next issue....

Appearing in "The Pegasus Project Part 2: Blood and Bionics!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #54.

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Synopsis for "The Pegasus Project Part 2: Blood and Bionics!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #54.

Continued from last issue.... The Thing is wandering the Project Pegasus complex when he is attacked by the Nth Command's agent, the cyborg known as Deathlok. The cyborg attacks Ben with lethal force and manages to injure his arm. When Ben tries to appeal to Luther Manning, the cyborg informs Ben that it has been culled of all it's organic components and is run completely by an artificial intelligence before resuming it's brutal assault on the Thing. When Quasar arrives with Pegasus security, Deathlok flees the scene. With Ben given the care of Pegasus medical staff, Quasar goes after Deathlok to figure out what the cyborg is up to.

The damaged cyborg meanwhile has traveled deep into the complex and has begun setting up a Nth Projector in the Radioactive Disposal Section of the facility. Quasar manages to track Deathlok there and resumes his attack (unaware of what Deathlok was doing in this area.) During the fight, the cyborg suffers severe damage to its body, even more so when Pegasus security arrives along with a medically treated Ben Grimm. When Quasar hears that Deathlok has activated a self-destruct device he uses his Quantum Bands to destroy it's body, leaving its head intact for questioning. However, the cyborg has foreseen this possibility and causes it's head to self-destruct leaving nothing behind to determine the cause of Deathlok's attack on the facility.

While back in New York City, Thundra has begun practicing for her new career as a female wrestler for Oglethorpe, and is pitted against a group of female wrestlers known as the Grapplers (Titania, Poundcakes, Letha, and Screaming Mimi) all of whom Titania manages to defeat easily.

Back at Pegasus, Thomas Lightener has ventured down into the Radioactive Disposal section to check and see if the Nth Projector had been discovered. Finding it unmolested, he calls his leader at Nth Command who demands that Lightner finish constructing the device himself and to initiate their contingency plan that they had organized in the event that Deathlok had failed in it's mission.

As Ben and Quasar greet Bill Foster (who has come to bring the villain Atom Smasher into the Project's custody for study) Lightner sneaks into the cell of another radioactive menace: Nuklo, the mutant son of the Whizzer and Miss America. He awakens the child like creature and opens up his cell in the hopes that the mutant will cause enough destruction around the compound for him to finish his plan.

This story is continued next issue....

Appearing in "The Pegasus Project Part 3: Giants in the Earth"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #55.

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Synopsis for "The Pegasus Project Part 3: Giants in the Earth"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #55.

Continued from last issue....

The Thing, Bill Foster, Quasar, and Jennine O'Connell are enjoying a poker game when suddenly the alarm goes off. They all pair off to find out which prisoner has escaped, with Bill Foster tagging along with the Thing. Entering an elevator, they find it stopped (unknown to them by the radioactive mutant known as Nuklo) When Ben's injured arm prevents him from stopping them from being crushed, Bill exposes his identity as Black Goliath to Ben in order to save their lives. His added strength causes Nuklo to give up on the "game" he is playing and find fun elsewhere. As Ben and Bill continue their search for the escaped prisoner, Ben suggests to Bill to take on the identity of Giant-Man since the name isn't being used presently by any other hero. As they continued their search, Quasar checks on the nuclear reactors and finds that they are going out of whack and realizes that only Nuklo could possibly be the cause, and goes out to try and find the creature.

While back in New York, Thundra is preparing for her first big match against the Grappler known as Titania. Unknown to Thundra, Titania's employers have passed her a needle with a potent drug in it, which Titania uses in the ring on Thundra in order to weaken her enough to be defeated at her hands.

Meanwhile, back at Project Pegasus, Giant-Man and the Thing have tracked down Nuklo who has been found by his keeper, Henri Sorel who has managed to talk Nuklo down. Unaware of this, and having his hands wrapped in metal to protect them from Nuklo's radioactive body, Giant-Man lashes out and beats the child-like creature into submission, knocking it into an anti-gravity device that renders it helpless. With the threat of Nuklo passed, Sorel berates the two heroes on beating the boy senseless.

While in the room where Wundarr has been in a coma since his exposure to the Cosmic Cube, the man-boy from another world dreams about his past -- being the last survivor of his home world, his encounters with the Man-Thing and others and his eventual turn over to Project Pegasus. When he awakens, a voice in his head tells him that the power of the Cosmic Cube is his to harness and that when he wakes again he will be able to channel its power.

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Appearing in "The Pegasus Project Part 4: The Deadlier of the Species!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #56.

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Synopsis for "The Pegasus Project Part 4: The Deadlier of the Species!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #56.

Continued from last issue....

Following her defeat at the hands of Titania, Thundra has been forced into aiding the Grapplers in breaking into Project Pegasus for their employers Nth Command, a subsection of a private company. As they break into the facility, elsewhere in the Pegasus compound, Ben visits the seemingly unconscious Wundarr to express his guilty at letting the people at Project Pegasus experiment on him. Feeling tearful, the Thing leaves the room unaware that Wundarr has revived and forgives Ben for what happened.

Returning to his quarters, Ben runs into Thundra who uses force to try to prevent the Thing from stopping her. Their subsequent battle leads to the alarm going off, which brings Quasar and Giant-Man to investigate the situation. Quasar runs into Letha, and Screaming Mimi first, and is at first put on the defensive by Mimi's sonic scream, however, he manages to overcome the scream's hallucinogenic effects and defeat the three women with his Quantum Bands. Giant-Man meanwhile finds Titania and Poundcakes in the research center. His giant size working against him, Giant-Man is easily taken off guard, however, Giant-Man manages to turn things to his advantage and easily knocks out the two overconfident Amazons. As this is happening, Ben is losing his fight against Thundra, however, he manages to turn the battle around on her and defeats her as easily as her comrades.

With Thundra and the other Grapplers subdued, the Thing, Giant-Man, and Quasar attempt to question them. The Grapplers refuse to speak, and Thundra regrets that she cannot talk either because she had been honor-sworn not to reveal what their plan was. Elsewhere in the facility within the Nuclear Research Module, Thomas Lightener has taken the payload brought by the Grapplers and is busy completing the assembly of a Nth Projector, a device that he intends to use to destroy the Pegasus Project.

This story is continued next issue....

Appearing in "The Pegasus Project Part 5: When Walks Wundarr!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #57.

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Synopsis for "The Pegasus Project Part 5: When Walks Wundarr!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #57.

Continued from last issue....

Following attacks on Project Pegasus by Deathlok, the release of Nuklo and most recently the attack by Thundra and the Grapplers, Quasar, Giant-Man and the Thing believe that someone within Pegasus must be helping with these attacks and put the base on alert. Thing goes off to try and question Thundra again, hoping to be able to talk her into explaining what exactly happened.

As the Thing questions Thundra, Wundarr has once more awaken and has begun walking the halls of Project Pegasus. The alien man-child's energy dampening powers absorb the nearby power sources he passes and he unwittingly frees Solarr from his cell. When Solarr finds his powers cannot harm Wundarr, he decides to free some of the other criminal captives and try to find a way out. He first tries to recruit Electro, but finds that the villain is all bandaged up following his last battle with Spider-Man and leaves the electricity based villain. As Solarr continues to look for an ideal ally, Quasar and the other heroes have the computer logs sifted through and the computer determines that the only Pegasus employee that has been seen in the areas of all the attacks is Thomas Lightner, which does not surprise the Thing.

Meanwhile, Solarr busts into Klaw's holding cell and is furious to find only Klaw's sonic claw and furiously throws it against a wall. This causes Klaw's body to reconstitute and regain consciousness. As Solarr and Klaw plan their escape, Quasar, Giant-Man and the Thing go looking for Lightner. Lightner himself has finished the Nth Projector, however, instead of using it to destroy Project Pegasus like his masters intended, he hopes to restore his Blacksun powers and targets on himself, with unexpected results.

The heroes end up running into Solarr and Klaw and a brawl happens between the two groups. Solarr attempts to fight Quasar one on one but finds himself hopelessly over-powered. Meanwhile, Wundarr has made his way to the room where the Cosmic Cube has been stored, while at the same time the Thing and Giant-Man manage to overpower and defeat Klaw. After the villains defeat the three super-heroes begin to contemplate how the two crooks managed to escape from their cells. Unfortunately, they fail to notice Klaw reviving, and the master of sound manages to knock them all out with a powerful sonic blast. With the three heroes knocked out, Klaw aims his sonic claw up against the Things temple hoping to fire at point-blank range and destroy his longtime nemesis once and for all.

This story is concluded next issue....

Appearing in "The Pegasus Project Part 6: To the Nth Power!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #58.

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Synopsis for "The Pegasus Project Part 6: To the Nth Power!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #58.

Continued from last issue....

Klaw has the Thing, Quasar, and Giant Man at his mercy and is about to blast the Thing at point-blank range when he suddenly discorporates and is shunted back into his sonic claw. This has been caused by Wundarr who has now achieved a normal intellect and is calling himself Aquarian. When the Thing revives, Aquarian explains to Ben that he has undergone this change after a second exposure to the Cosmic Cube. With the help of the Project Pegasus security staff, Ben and Wundarr take Giant-Man and Quasar back to the infirmary. There Aquarian explains to Ben that he has detected a disturbance in the very fabric of reality.

Taking the Thing down to the lower levels of the Pegasus complex, they find that Thomas Lightner has transformed into the nebulous Nth Man, a human-shaped sentient void that is literally sucking all reality into itself. Nth Man explains his plot to the two of them and his intention to absorb all reality. Aquarian then tries to stop Lightner by using his energy dampening powers, which succeeds only in turning off all the power in Project Pegasus, including the energy bars of Thundra's holding cell.

As Wundarr continues to try and stop Nth Man, Quasar and Giant-Man revive and meet up with Ben to see what they can do, they are soon also joined by Thundra. Quasar tries first to stop the creature with his Quantum Bands, however, they have no effect as Nth Man can absorb even it's massive energies. Giant-Man then decides that he is going to sacrifice himself to save the universe hoping that his size powers can "plug" the Nth Man. When the others try to stop them, Giant-Man reveals that he had contracted terminal cancer from his encounter with Atom Smasher and that he is doomed to die anyway and jumps into the Nth Man. This ploy also does not work, and in a desperate measure, Aquarian jumps into the Nth Man hoping his powers can work from the inside.

This works in the heroes favor, and Aquarian and Giant-Man are pulled out of Nth Man, as Aquarians very own powers causes Nth Man's absorption to reverse shunting the menace off to another reality. Although they are victorious, Quasar grimly wonders if their victory over the Nth Man has doomed some other reality in the Multiverse.

With the battle over, Ben decides to return to the Fantastic Four and bids farewell to everyone, including Wundarr who decides to venture on his own and try to bring peace on Earth. The Thing departs leaving Bill to try and find a cure for his illness, Quasar resuming security detail at the Project and Thundra going to investigate who her mysterious employers were. Unknown to all, the masterminds behind the attacks on Project Pegasus is none other than the Roxxon Oil company, hoping to stop the project in order to prevent a discovery of a perpetual fuel source that might cut into their oil profits. However, the CEO of Roxxon writes off this failure as his organization has more lucrative measures in place that will soon come to fruition.

Appearing in "Trial and Error"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #59.

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Synopsis for "Trial and Error"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #59.

As the Thing reads through the daily newspaper he is interrupted by the Human Torch who has just finished modifying his latest sports car and wants to know if the Thing wants to go out for a spin. When Ben tries to pass Johnny off, the Torch engages in his usual prankish torments on the Thing. After the mood has lightened up, Ben decides to take Johnny out for hamburgers and the two leave the Baxter Building.

While they are walking the streets they witness a young bespectacled man trying to ride a horse with little success. When this stunt causes a car to crash, Ben goes to the aid of the drive while Johnny stops the wild horse. When the two confront the young man, they are soon joined by his fiancée Deena Jasper. Deena scolds Norman Dunsell (her husband to be) for pulling such a stupid stunt. Norman tries to explain to the two FF members that all he is trying to do is accomplish a list of things he wanted to do before turning 30, this being a week away it is also coincidentally the date in which he and Deena are to be wed, and storms off. Deena tells Ben and Johnny that it's unlikely that Norman will stop his foolish quest and asks for their help and two decide to keep an eye on Norman.

When Norman manages to hop aboard a speeding fire truck and put on a uniform, he manages to fool the firefighters into thinking that he is one of them. Unfortunately for poor Norman, he has to help them put out a fire at the World Trade Center. This leads to Norman putting himself in danger along with the people he is trying to save, however, he is rescued by the Thing and Human Torch who manage to track him down and lend a helping hand. When Deena once more tries to get him to stop his foolish crusade, he refuses and storms off again.

Norman finds his next opportunity -- to be a detective -- when he happens upon a museum robbery. Taking the bound night watchman's gun and tries to stop the crooks. He is once more assisted by the timely arrival of Ben and Johnny, who manage to fight off the crooks until one of them grabs Norman. Through dumb luck and his natural clumsiness, Norman manages to trip up the crooks and turn the tables on them allowing Ben and Johnny to round them up for the police.

This time when Deena asks Norman to stop his foolish quest and just marry her, he agrees and leaves, dropping his crumpled list of things he wanted to accomplish before turning 30. When Ben picks it up and checks out the list, he finds that the last item on the list was to be a husband. Ben jokingly wishes Norman the best on the last point, figuring he won't survive it and he and Johnny depart to get a bite to eat.

Appearing in "Happiness Is a Warm Alien!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #60.

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Synopsis for "Happiness Is a Warm Alien!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #60.

With Ben due for an art show of Alicia's most recent sculptures, Reed Richards finds the Thing working away in the exercise room. He reminds Ben of the show before departing to go out on a date with Sue. After spending time reflecting on his life before becoming the Thing and once more wondering what Alicia sees in him, Ben decides to get ready for the art show and hops into the shower. It is interrupted by the Impossible Man who is bored and wants to follow Ben about. When Ben gets ready for the show, the Impossible Man turns into a top hat for Ben to wear and promises that he won't be a nuisance, although Ben knows better he resigns and allows the alien from planet Popup to follow along.

Along the way, the Impossible Man grows bored and changes his form into various other kinds of hats for his own amusement. When Ben goes to pick up Alicia, Impossible Man attempts to present himself to her almost accidentally blowing his cover. However, Imp is unaware that Alicia is blind and Ben manages to quietly convince him to change back into his hat. Later, as the couple are walking down Yancy Street, the Impossible Man protects Ben from a prank launched by the Yancy Street Gang.

As Alicia and Ben attend the function, Alicia hob-nobbing with the art community and the Thing dealing with their snooty attitudes and the Impossible Man's antics, they are unaware that Ben's old foes the Terrible Trio are acting as the events caterers in order to get revenge against the Thing.

Using his special mental talents, Yogi Dakor allows himself and his comrades to take possession of statues of their choice. Harry taking possession of a statue of Dr. Doom, Bull a statue of Blastarr, and Dakor a statue of Diablo. Ben is attacked by the Dr. Doom and Blastarr statues, and when he is forced to smash them to bits, the resulting destruction knocks both Bull and Harry out, allowing Ben to realize what is going on.

However, he is too late to stop Yogi Dakor's statue, which grabs Alicia and takes her hostage. However, Dakor is defeated when Impossible Man turns into a water balloon and bursts on the mystic, distracting him enough for Ben to get close enough to easily knock his old foe out.

With the battle over, the Impossible Man observes the love that Ben and Alicia have for each other and feels inspired. Wanting to learn more about human relationships, Impossible Man creates an Impossible Woman, and the two decide to travel the world to learn how human relationships work.

Appearing in "The Coming of Her!"

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Marvel Two-In-One #61.

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Synopsis for "The Coming of Her!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #61.

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A bunch of dock workers on New York's Pier 17 pull a strange cocoon out from the water and are shocked when it suddenly bursts open and a blazing female figure rises from it and flies off into the sky. The figure bursts into Alicia Masters apartment where she is having a candlelit dinner with the Thing. Introducing herself as Her, the female being attacks Ben when he tries to approach her. Confronting Alicia, she explains that she has sought Alicia out in order to find Him, and when Ben tries to stop her from taking Alicia away, the powerful Her blasts the Thing away and leaves with Alicia.

Taking Alicia to Central Park, Her explains that she is an artificial being created by the Enclave, and how she originally was formed in a male body called Paragon. Following the Enclave's battle with Dr. Strange and the Hulk, Paragon (learning of the creation of Adam Warlock, aka Him, previously) formed a cocoon that entered the ocean, where Paragon began a metamorphosis into Her, so that it may be the perfect mate for Him. She further explains that since Alicia had previous contact with Him, that she may help Her find her intended mate.

Meanwhile, Ben returns to the Baxter Building to find the rest of the Fantastic Four are nowhere to be found. Ben then calls the Avengers and only finds Jarvis on duty, and cancels the communication before the Avengers butler could make another suggestion. Ben then decides to try and use one of Reed cosmic energy readers but reaches a dead end. He is then visited by Starhawk, a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy who have been staying at Avengers Mansion during their visit to the 20th Century, and explains that he was dispatched to help Ben by Jarvis. Starhawk explains that he has the power to help Ben track down Her and save Alicia.

Back in Central Park, Her and Alicia are approached by Moondragon, who after a brief struggle with Her explains that she had been waiting long for the artificial beings coming. Moondragon then explains how Adam Warlock had perished during a battle against Thanos, sacrificing his life to save the universe from the tyrant and that after the defeat of Thanos, the Avengers, Thing, Captain Marvel, and Spider-Man buried Adam's body on a Counter-Earth. Believing that she has the power to resurrect Adam Warlock, Her asks Moondragon to take her to the Counter-Earth, Alicia asks to be taken along with them as well so that she may experience the adventure as well.

At that moment, the Thing and Starhawk arrive to try and save Alicia, unaware of what is going on. The two attack Moondragon and Her, however, they are easily overpowered and fail to stop Moondragon from raising her ship from out of a lake. Before they can escape, though, Starhawk tries once more to stop them and takes a point-blank burst of energy fired from Her and crashes into the lake. Ben is forced to let the women escape in order to save Starkhawk from drowning.

Reviving Starkhawk, the two men regroup and Ben vows to rescue Alicia no matter what it takes.

This story is continued next issue....

Appearing in "The Taking of Counter-Earth!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #62.

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Synopsis for "The Taking of Counter-Earth!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #62.

Continued from last issue...

Following their defeat at the hands of Her and Moondragon, the Thing and Starhawk retreat to the Baxter Building so that they can get a spaceship to follow after them so that Ben can rescue Alicia. Inside the Fantastic Four's hangar, they decide to take the Skrull flying saucer that the FF have had in their possession since their first encounter with the Skrulls and follow after the three women who have left Earth in Moondragon's spaceship.

Meanwhile, the three women are on their way to find Adam Warlock's body, which was buried on Counter-Earth following his death. However, upon their arrival they have found that Counter-Earth has gone missing, however, it's moon is still intact. Providing Alicia with a space suit, the three women land on the artificial moon and enter the High Evolutionary's secret complex. There they find the inert body of the High Evolutionary himself, but before they can investigate further they are confronted by the Thing and Starhawk who attack Moondragon and Her.

During the battle, Thing faces Moondragon and finds himself woefully outmatched, while Starhawk battles Her. During the fight, Starhawk is unable to stop his wife Aleta's personality coming to the fore of their shared body and take over -- causing the body they share change into its female form who attacks Her with even more ferocity.

The battle is soon stopped, however, when Alicia calls for all the combatants to stop and explains to Ben that she came with the two women of her own free will. With the misunderstanding sorted out, the quartet of heroes then decide to band together to help find Counter-Earth and revive Adam Warlock. Moondragon uses her mental powers to revive the High Evolutionary, however, finds that his life force has left his body. Detecting that the High Evolutionary has become a higher being, Her uses her powers to brings his life force back into his body, reviving the geneticist and restoring him to his previous form.

The High Evolutionary explains what had happened to him: That Adam Warlock, thinking that Counter-Earth had been destroyed (even though that it clearly had not and something was making Warlock unable to see the world) struck out at the High Evolutionary with a blast of his Soul Gem. However, before it could strike him, the High Evolutionary advanced his evolution into a godlike form and his life force left his body before the Soul Gem could steal his soul.

After explaining about Adam Warlock's fate, the High Evolutionary is shocked to learn that his artificially created world has been stolen. Scanning space, the Evolutionary finds a unique radiation trail that they can track to Counter-Earth's location, and so they set a course to find the missing world.

This story is continued next issue....

Appearing in "Suffer Not a Warlock to Live!"

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Marvel Two-In-One #63.

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Synopsis for "Suffer Not a Warlock to Live!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #63.



Appearing in "The Serpent Crown Affair Part 1: From the Depths!"

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Marvel Two-In-One #64.

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Synopsis for "The Serpent Crown Affair Part 1: From the Depths!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #64.

Fearing that he is constantly putting Alicia in danger, Ben decides that it's best that they break-up so that Alicia is no longer in any danger from any of the Fantastic Four's villains. This upsets Alicia who tearfully, and angrily accepts it, and Ben regrets the suggestion right after she slams her door on his face but decides to stick with his decision.

Returning to the Baxter Building, where he helps Reed Richards out in the lab, they are interrupted by the arrival of Walter Newell (aka Stingray) and his colleague Henry Croft. The two men have come seeking Reed Richard's aid, as Henry and a group of people living on Hydro-Base had been turned into amphibians by the villain Dr. Hydro and all their attempts to restore everyone on Hydro-Base to normal have to date failed. After hearing about how Dr. Hydro changed all the people of Hydro-Base into amphibians Reed agrees to help.

Meanwhile, Thundra has gone back to the gym where she was tricked into helping the Grapplers in invading Project Pegasus on the behalf of Roxxon Oil. Inside she confronts her former manager Herkimer Oglethorpe, however before she can get information out of him she is confronted by his bodyguard and sometime wrestler, Hyperion. While out on the New York/New Jersey highway, Aquarian wanders the streets and saves a deer from being struck by a car.

Back at the Baxter Building, Ben is roused from a dull exercise session by Reed Richards, who informs Ben that he found similarities between Dr. Hydro's formula and the Inhuman's Terrigen Mists. Having contacted the Inhumans, they had agreed to give Reed a sample, and so Reed sends Ben, Walter, and Henry to meet Triton in California to pick up the Terrigen Mist sample.

Arriving on the California coast, Walter notices a suspicious looking Roxxon Oil rig, and comments on how it's in a location where there are no oil deposits, Ben simply dismisses it as they land the Pogo Plane in the ocean and wait for Triton's arrival. With some time to kill, Ben and Walter decide to investigate the strange oil rig, Walter changing into his Stingray costume.

When they approach the Roxxon Oil Rig they are asked to leave by the workers, when suddenly an underwater explosion damages and destabilizes the rig's ability to stay afloat. As Ben keeps the rig upright, Stingray jumps into the water and tries to find out the cause of the explosion. To the Thing's surprise, he is attacked by the rig workers, and Stingray finds himself attacked by a bunch of underwater divers.

As the two heroes manage to fight off their attackers, they are suddenly brought to the attention of an approaching submarine. When the sub rises from the water, from its exit hatch comes a new group of costumed super-villains: The Serpent Squad.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "The Serpent Crown Affair Part 2: Serpents from the Sea"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #65.

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Synopsis for "The Serpent Crown Affair Part 2: Serpents from the Sea"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #65.

Continued from last issue....

While investigating a Roxxon Oil rig, while waiting on a rendezvous with the Inhuman named Triton, the Thing and Stingray end up in a battle against the Serpent Squad, a group of costumed super-villains who have come seeking the Serpent Crown for their employers at Roxxon Oil. With the unconscious Stingray taken captive by the Squad, the Thing stops his fight and the two are tied to the compromised rig while the Serpent Squad and the workers escape, leaving the heroes to die when the rig ultimately collapses into the ocean. Worried about the length of time it's taken the heroes to come back, and unaware of the battle that has just occurred, Dr. Henry Croft uses the Pogo-Planes radio to call for help.

Meanwhile, back in New York City, Thundra gets into a fight with Hyperion but agrees to help her manager and teams up with Hyperion for a new job, unaware that she is once more being manipulated as a pawn for Roxxon Oil.

Back on the California coast, the oil rig collapses, and the Thing manages to break himself and Stingray free before they can drown. They are given a helping hand from Triton who has just arrived with his sample of the Terrigen Mists for Reed Richards to examine. Telling Triton about his encounter with the Serpent Squad and how they are searching for something under the water, the aquatic Inhuman agrees to travel underwater with the Thing to try and figure out what it is they are looking for.

The Serpent Squad uncovers the long lost Serpent Crown and soon engages in a fight with the two heroes. At first, the heroes (especially the Thing, who is attacked with visions of Alicia by Black Mamba) are overpowered by their serpentine foes. However, they are soon joined by Stingray who has revived and come to lend them a helping hand. Although they are able to over-power the Serpent Squad, the villains manage to escape along with the Serpent Crown, using an exploding depth charge to cover their escape.

With the Serpent Squad defeated, the three heroes return to the Pogo-Plan and advise Henry Croft of the situation and decide what they are going to do about he Squad's procurement of the Serpent Crown.

This story is concluded next issue....

Appearing in "The Serpent Crown Affair! Part Three: A Congress of Crowns!"

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Marvel Two-In-One #66.

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Synopsis for "The Serpent Crown Affair! Part Three: A Congress of Crowns!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #66.

Continued from last issue...

Following their failure to stop the Serpent Squad from stealing the Serpent Crown, the Thing and Stingray decide to go after the villains, sending Triton and Henry Croft back to the Baxter Building with a sample of the Hidden Land so that they may hope to cure the amphibians of Hydro-Base.

Flying back to New York in the Pogo-Plane, Ben tries to radio Reed to get some help, however only Agatha Harkness is present to answer the call. Explaining to Ben the origins of the Serpent Crown, she offers to contact her former pupil, the Scarlet Witch to aid the Thing and Stingray in recapturing the Serpent Crown. Contacting the Scarlet Witch telepathically, the mutant sorceress uses the combination of her mutant hex powers and magical training to pinpoint the location of the Serpent Crown: Washington D.C. With this information at hand, Agatha sends the Scarlet Witch there and advises Ben and Stingray to meet the Witch in D.C.

In Washington, Sidewinder turns the Serpent Crown over to Roxxon Oil owner Hugh Jones. Jones surprises Sidewinder by revealing that he already has as Serpent Crown, and explains that the one on his head is from another reality, and that the one that he had the Serpent Squad recover was native to this one. Sending Sidewinder away, Jones then prepares to merge the two crowns together.

Elsewhere in the capital, Thing, Stingray and the Scarlet Witch meet up and begin tracking down the location of the Serpent Crown. Finding everyone in Washington frozen in some kind of trance, they track the Serpent Crown to the Capitol Building. There in the assembly hall, they find the Set possessed Jones, who has used the combined power of the Serpent crown to create duplicates of all who have worn the crown previously.

As Ben and Stingray battle the Serpent Crown created simulacrums, the Scarlet Witch is locked in a mystic battle against Jones, when suddenly two snakeheads from the crown lash out and bit her, linking her directly with Set and battling the demon in the astral plane. As the simulacrums are destroyed, Ben notices what is happening and tries to pull the Serpent Crown off of Hugh Jones' head, in order to try and stop him the crown turns Thing back into his human form.

When the Scarlet Witch loses her battle with Set she passes out, causing the psychic battle to end, and also creates enough distraction for Ben to pull the Serpent Crown off of Hugh Jones' head. Changing back into the Thing, Ben feels compelled to put the Serpent Crown on his head. However, because it cannot penetrate his rocky form, Ben quickly snaps out of its control and tosses it away. Gathering up the Serpent Crown and the unconscious Hugh Jones, the three heroes depart so that they may dispose of the Crown once and for all.

Appearing in "Passport to Oblivion!"

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Marvel Two-In-One #67.

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Synopsis for "Passport to Oblivion!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #67.

Needing a place to dispose of the Serpent Crown, the Thing brings it to Project Pegasus, where he is reunited briefly with his old allies Quasar and Giant-Man. He tosses the Serpent Crown into a containment field, and then joins the two other heroes for lunch, and learns that so far nobody has been able to find a cure for Giant-Man's cancer.

Meanwhile, in New York City, Hyperion takes Thundra to the secret headquarters of Nth Command, which is disguised as a bank. There, she meets the commander of Nth Command, where she is shown their Nth Projectors devices that can open portals to parallel worlds, and is surprised when they are able to open a portal to her own world.

Returning to the Baxter Building, Ben consoles in Reed that he made a mistake in breaking up with Alicia and after the pep-talk with Reed decides to try and make up with her. However, when Ben arrives at Alicia's apartment with flowers, she spots him leaving her home with another man, and assumes that she has moved on and walks away without approaching her.

Back at Nth Command, after Thundra has been shown how the Nth Projector works, she betrays the Nth Command members by stealing the device and making a break for it. The Nth Command sends Hyperion after her to try and recapture the device, however, has developed feelings for Thundra, Hyperion decides to aid her in escaping wishing to go wherever she goes. This leads to an armed group of Nth Commandos to chase after them in a hover car.

When their battle ends up on the streets of New York, Thundra and Hyperion run into the Thing, who believes that Hyperion is attacking her and rushes to her "aid". As Hyperion and Thing battle, the Nth Command members try to recover both Thundra and the Nth Projector. Although they manage to snare her in a net, Thundra manages to break free and smash their hover car and send them running.

Briefly knocked into Thundra's vicinity, she explains to Ben what is going on and activates the Nth Projector and admits that she loved Ben. Ben contemplates going with her to her world but has only moments to decide because the Projector is set to destruct after it's used. Ben decides to stay behind when Hyperion rushes in to join Thundra in her world, and the portal closes as he is passing through, destroying the Nth Projector and leaving Ben all alone.

Appearing in "Discos and Dungeons!"

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Marvel Two-In-One #68.

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Synopsis for "Discos and Dungeons!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #68.

In order to take the Thing's mind off of Alicia Masters, Johnny Storm takes Ben out to a disco to dance it up, however, Ben is not in the mood for doing so. Returning to the bar they run into Warren Worthington III, aka the Angel, and Johnny leaves Ben with the X-Man while he dances Candy Southern. When Warren drinks a bad drink, Ben takes him to the men's room, unaware that they are walking into a trap and find themselves gassed and secreted out of the dance club.

When Ben revives, he finds that he and the Angel are inside a castle and have been suspended over a vat of acid. When Angel revives the two use teamwork to get out of their trap and are greeted by a robot designed to resemble Magneto. The robot advises them that they have been brought to the castle by his master to see if they can get out of his castle which has been rigged with deathtraps.

Fighting their way through the castle and breaking through all the traps, Thing and the Angel soon enter the throne room and find that it's been designed to look like a mechanical swamp. Greeting them is Toad, who advises them that he has gotten into the business of assassinations and that he sought to use it against one of his old X-Men foes to test it out. Attacking the Toad, the two heroes are once more forced to go on the defenses against the various devices and death traps in the castle.

During the battle, Toad gets a call from his mysterious benefactor, Mr. A, who demands payment for all the devices as soon as possible and becomes mortified because he doesn't have the money. Fighting off the death traps and seeing the pathetic Toad crumpled up in a sobbing ball, Angel feels sorry for Toad's plight and offers to pay off his debts, and in return, the Toad would have to agree to work for the Angel. A few weeks later, Angel takes Thing and Candy back to the castle which Warren has converted into an amusement park called Toadland, which he hopes will encourage the Toad to turn his life around.

Appearing in "Homecoming!"

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Marvel Two-In-One #69.

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Synopsis for "Homecoming!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #69.

While making breakfast for Sue and Franklin, Ben and Sue talk about the man that Ben saw Alicia previously and Sue tries to get him to consider the idea that Alicia might not have found a new man in her life. They are suddenly interrupted by the arrival of Starhawk of the Guardians of the Galaxy, who tells Ben that their leader Vance Astro has gone AWOL and they fear that he has gone to confront his past self and try to alter history so that his younger self doesn't become an astronaut and lost in space until the 30th Century like he did. Starhawk warns that this may have grave consequences on the fabric of time and asks for Ben's help, Ben and Sue agree to get the rest of the Fantastic Four to help and leave to rendezvous with the Guardians.

Meanwhile, in Saugerties, New York, young Vance Astrovik (Vance Astro's younger self) is on his way to school when he is confronted by Vance Astro. Astro convinces the boy to follow him and begins explaining about his future, as he does so a strange fog begins to swirl and envelop the town.

Back at the Baxter Building, one of Mr. Fantastic's devices picks up the strange mist and the Fantastic Four head off to investigate, splitting the Fantasticar into its component parts to explore the fog separately. As the FF explore the fog, Vance Astro desperately tries to warn his younger self about his future, however, his frantic behavior scares the boy who flees. Astro ends up running into the Thing who tries to talk Vance out of trying to change history, explaining that his past experience doing so did nothing more but create an alternate reality, instead of changing his future. When Vance explains that he doesn't care, so long as at least one version of himself doesn't endure the Hell he's lived, Ben agrees to help him find young Vance.

They try the Astrovik home first, where they run into the other Guardians of the Galaxy, who easily overpower the Thing and take Vance prisoner, bringing their errant leader back to their space station, Drydock. Back aboard the ship, the heroes realize the cause of the fog was not their leaders encounter with his past self, but the manifestation of young Vance Astrovik's latent mutant powers. Realizing the mistake, the Guardians return to Earth where Vance uses his powers to stabilize the abilities of his younger self. However, this causes the young Vance to lash out uncontrollably, however, Ben manages to talk the boy into controlling his powers and suggests that perhaps with is newfound abilities the young man could someday be a super-hero.

When Vance's father has stern words about the Guardians of the Galaxy's involvement in their son's life, Arnold Astrovik is in for a shock when Vance Astro briefly removes his mask revealing that he is his son, all grown up, before the Guardians depart back for their space station.

As Vance Astro tells his crew members that he is content that he saved at least one version of himself, Ben is reunited with Reed and the rest of the Fantastic Four and introduces them to the "newest super-hero on the block."

Appearing in "A Moving Experience"

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Marvel Two-In-One #70.

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Synopsis for "A Moving Experience"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #70.

The Thing has finally decided to approach Alicia Masters and try and makeup with her after breaking things off due to his fear of Alicia constantly being at risk as long as she's associated with the Fantastic Four. After a slight altercation with some boys playing baseball, Ben arrives at Alicia's apartment and learns that she has missed him and that the man that he thought she was dating was someone interested in her sculptures.

With their romance rekindled, Ben asks Alicia to move in with him to the Baxter Building, because it is the place that he believes that she will be the safest if their relationship is to work out. The two head off to the Baxter Building to confirm the arrangements with Reed and the rest of the Fantastic Four, however they are unaware that Ben's old rivals Live Wire and Shellshock are stalking them in the hopes of stealing Alicia's priceless sculptures.

Going to the Baxter Building, Ben announces his decision to have Alicia live with him to the rest of the Fantastic Four, who agree with Ben's idea and welcome their longtime friend into their home. Ben then quickly arranges for movers to move Alicia's things from her apartment to the Baxter Building. The movers, however, are knocked out and replaced by Live Wire and Shellshock, who intend on making off with the moving truck full of statues.

There is one slight complication however: When all of Alicia's items are loaded into the truck, the Thing insists that he rides shotgun to make sure that nothing gets damaged. However, the two villains manage to shake Ben off the truck by taking a sharp turn and speeding off to a pre-arranged warehouse where they have the moving truck repainted.

Upset about the theft, Ben and Alicia try to find it, which takes them to Yancy Street. There Ben spots the moving truck, noticing that it's dripping wet paint. Attacking the truck, he forces Shellshock and Live Wire to stop and engage him in a fight. Ben at first finds himself outmatched against the crooks high tech weapons, however, he is given a helping hand from the Yancy Street gang who believes that nobody should mess with the Thing -- except for them. With the Yancy Street Gangs help, Ben makes short work of the two crooks and turns them over to the police.

When Ben thanks the gang for their help, they spout their usual string of epitaphs about the Thing being a dumb clod and tell him to get out of Yancy Street. Ben however, believes that the gang is finally warming up to him and he and Alicia leave in their moving truck, unaware of the fact that the Yancy Streeters painted "The Thing is a Butt-Head" on the back of the moving truck.

Appearing in "The Cure!"

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Marvel Two-In-One #71.

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Synopsis for "The Cure!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #71.

The Thing has accompanied Reed Richards to the Great Refuge of the Inhumans where Reed and the Inhuman's scientists are busy working on a cure for Henry Croft and the other amphibians of Hydro-Base. Reed and the Inhumans have come to the conclusion that the gas used to mutate the amphibians was similar to that of the Inhuman's own Terrigen Mists. During their continued research, Attilan is hit by another earthquake, and Ben saves Reed and the Inhuman scientists from being crushed to death by a falling device.

After saving Reed, Ben decides to go and visit his other Inhuman allies, briefly visiting the now pregnant Crystal (and her husband the mutant Quicksilver) before letting off some steam by playing Interia-Ball with Triton, Gorgon and Karnak, a sport that Ben takes to very quickly. As they play on, Reed Richards and the Inhuman scientists manage to create a gas to counteract the mutations in the amphibians, however, the Inhumans are concerned that such a cure could be used to decimate the Inhuman race as well. These prove to be foreboding words, as a being known as Maelstrom has been spying on the Inhumans and sends his agents Phobius, Gronk, and Helio to collect it for just such as use.

Accompanied by the Thing and the Inhumans, Reed Richards and Dr. Croft fly to Hydro-Base where they reveal to everyone there that they have developed a cure and begin setting up a means to administer it by a special gas chamber, Ben, the Inhumans and Stingray are put on security detail while the curative process is put underway. Growing bored with the lack of action they decide to play another game of Interia-Ball. As they are playing this sport they fail to spot Maelstrom's minions sneaking onto the island.

The trio of mutates uses a combination of their powers to steal a sample of the curative mists and try to make their escape. Spotted by Reed Richards, the alarm is raised and Ben, Stingray and the Inhumans engage the creatures in combat outside of the main complex. During the fight, they are overpowered at first, however, develop a strategy to defeat their foes. While the heroes manage to knock out the invaders and take them into custody, the canister is knocked into the ocean where Maelstrom activates a self-propulsion unit inside the canister to bring it to his lair where he waits for his previous cargo to be delivered.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "The Might of Maelstrom"

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Marvel Two-In-One #72.

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Synopsis for "The Might of Maelstrom"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #72.

Continued from last issue...

Mr. Fantastic, the Thing, and the Inhumans have captured Maelstrom's Minions, however, failed to stop them from collecting a sample of the gas they invented to reverse the mutated states of the amphibians of Hydro-Base. This sample, by means of self-propulsion travels to Maelstrom's undersea base. With the sample in his possession, Maelstrom sends his agent Deathurge to kill his failed minions.

When Deathurge arrives at Hydro-Base, the creature easily kills its master's minions and is able to evade capture from the Thing, Karnak and Gorgon before escaping. Examining the dead creatures more closely, the Inhuman scientist Nadar realizes that they bear similar characteristics to Inhumans exposed to the Terrigen Mists. When they deduce the only possible place that the mists could be utilized is the original location of Attilan out in the Atlantic Ocean. Curious, Reed sends Ben, Gorgon, and Karnak to investigate.

They travel by sub and find Maelstrom's underwater base and find themselves easily captured and shackled. When Reed reports to Black Bolt about what has happened, the leader of the Inhumans goes after Ben and the others. While back at Maelstrom's base of operations, Maelstrom visits his father, the aged Phaeder and recounts about how his father's experiments got him exiled from Attilan and how with the anti-Terrigen Mist compound he intends to get revenge on the Inhuman nation for abandoning them for so long. He then goes to boast in front his captives when Karnak breaks free and attacks him.

During their brief struggle, Black Bolt also arrives and frees the others who all join the fight against Maelstrom. Locked in a one-on-one battle with Maelstrom, Black Bolt is told that a missile filled with the anti-Terrigen Mists was just launched at Attilan with the intent of wiping out the Inhuman race. Black Bolt then breaks off his fight to chase after the missile and destroys it before it could cause any harm to his people.

As the battle rages on, Ben is knocked into a canister of the anti-Terrigen Mists, and in an ironic twist tosses it at Maelstrom, neutralizing the villains' powers. Fleeing the scene, he sets his base to self-destruct and has Deathurge kill him. The heroes flee the collapsing base, leaving Maelstrom and his secrets (including cloning chambers for himself and his minions) to be buried under tons of rock.

Appearing in "Pipeline Through Infinity"

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Marvel Two-In-One #73.

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Synopsis for "Pipeline Through Infinity"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #73.

When Project Pegasus asked Quasar to investigate the former base controlled by the Nth Command, he asks the Thing to tag along with him. Travelling down the tunnel that leads to Nth Commands former base, the duo are ambushed by members of the Command who blast the two heroes with a Nth Projector, transporting them to a parallel world.

Ben and Quasar find themselves on a world still in the early development, where primitive humans and dinosaurs live side by side. However, in this primitive land, there is the taint of evil: Roxxon Oil has been using the Nth Projector technology in order to harvest crude oil and other resources from alternate realities and has enslaved the primitives of this world to do their hard work.

The duo are attacked by some of Roxxon Oil's guards, and Quasar is injured and left for dead in the jungle while the Thing is subdued and taken back to Roxxon's head base for questioning. Quasar is rescued by some of the locals who nurse him back to health, learning what Roxxon has done to this world and witnessing their most recent "recruitment drive" for slaves, Quasar agrees to help the tribal chief lead a rebellion to save this world and drive Roxxon out.

Meanwhile, Ben is brought to Bennett Pittman, the head of the Roxxon oil project who offers Ben a position within the company. Ben, upon learning that Roxxon is exploiting this world for their own financial gain refuses and is set to be executed. Just then, Quasars rebellion attacks the oil plant, and during the confusion, the Thing breaks free and reunites with Quasar.

When they try to stop the Roxxon members from escaping, they fail to prevent them from using their Nth Projector to escape back to their native reality leaving the two heroes stranded. Realizing that the oil pipeline is connected to a Nth Projector bringing oil to their Earth, Ben and Quasar help the primitives of this world finish smashing Roxxon's operation before using the pipeline to return to their own world.

There they cause a huge flood of oil in the Roxxon complex and manage to round up the Roxxon employees and smash the operation.

Appearing in "A Christmas Peril!"

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Marvel Two-In-One #74.

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Synopsis for "A Christmas Peril!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #74.

After finishing some last minute Christmas shopping with the Fantastic Four, Alicia manages to convince Ben to send a Christmas card to her step-father the Puppet Master in the hopes of making peace between the FF and their old foe. However, things are anything but when the vengeful Puppet Master is released from prison. Coincidentally this is also when he is delivered the Christmas card sent by Ben.

Returning to his secret hideout, the Puppet Master opens his safe filled with his special radioactive clay to begin a new revenge scheme only to find that the clay has decomposed and is useless. Needing to go to his home village in the Balkan mountains, the Puppet Master remembers the letter he got and wonders if it's from his old associate the Mad Thinker. When he finds that it's from his old foe, the Thing, the Puppet Master believes that Ben is mocking him, however he is inspired to try and facilitate a bold plan.

That Christmas Eve, the Puppet Master pays a visit to the Baxter Building during the FF's annual Christmas party with all their closest friends. Alicia is delighted that her seemingly reformed step-father has come to bring them glad tidings and welcomes him in with open arms, Ben, naturally suspicious decides to give Phillip the benefit of the doubt and welcome him as well. When Franklin selflessly offers the Puppet Master one of his presents upon realizing that the Puppet Master has no gifts, Phillip tells Franklin about how he'd want nothing more to be able to visit his homeland. Franklin relays this to Reed who is convinced by his son to allow Alicia and Ben take Phillip in the Pogo-Plane to his home country.

Arriving in the small Balkan village, the trio get rooms for the night, and later that evening the Puppet Master sneaks out to the wooded area where he originally found his clay. His dig is interrupted however when he is suddenly captured by giant toy soldiers. The next morning, Alicia and Ben awaken and check on Phillip to find him missing. They canvass to town trying to see if anyone has seen the Puppet Master. Nobody is able to help them, and they decide to check out a lonely cabin outside of town that the locals seem to fear.

There they find that the home is owned by Bova, an artificially evolved cow that was created by the High Evolutionary, who has taken up residence in the cabin following the departure of the High Evolutionary and the New Men, where she takes care of the now infantile Modred the Mystic. The childlike Modred believes that the Thing is a bad man, however, Bova invites the couple in to stay the night, willing to help them try and find Phillip the next day.

The Puppet Master awakens to find himself shrunken down to size and inside of Modred's toy box. Escaping and seeking aid, the Puppet Master awakens the Thing and finds that his old foe has also been shrunk down to size as well. They soon find themselves attacked by an army of animated toys. Realizing that Modred is the cause everything they attempt to get him to reverse the spell. While Ben fights off the toys Phillip attempts to make a puppet of Modred out of some of the clay he obtained the night before, however, he fails to get it to work. When Ben wakes up Modred, the man-child causes enough racket to rouse both Alicia and Bova who enter the room.

Continually shrinking and becoming harder and harder to hear, Ben finally manages to tell Alicia what happened by getting close to her ear for her to hear him. When Alicia begins to cry over the impending loss of Ben and her step-father, Modred restores them back to normal. Afterword, Phillip shows Modred how to consciously animate his toys in order to keep himself company in the future. After the episode, Phillip explains to Ben and Alicia that he's realized the errors of controlling people like puppets having experienced the sensation himself and vows to reform, and the trio return to New York.

Appearing in "By Blastaar -- Betrayed!"

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Marvel Two-In-One #75.

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Synopsis for "By Blastaar -- Betrayed!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #75.

After an exercise routine, the Thing bids farewell to his fellow Fantastic Four members who are heading off on vacation for the weekend. Pulling Reed out of his lab, Ben takes note that Reed has been monitoring the Negative Zone for any activity. Coincidentally, this comes at a time when Annihilus, now armed with the Super-Adaptoid robot (which he has been working to revive since it was banished to the Negative Zone by Captain Marvel) begins his plot to destroy all life in the Zone in order to preserve his own continued existence.

The creatures work is disturbed by an attack from Blastarr, who is blasting Annihilus' base with his powers, leading to a brief altercation between the two. When Blastarr reveals he merely wishes to speak with Annihilus. Blastarr explains that he is an exiled royalty, and if Annihilus were to ally with him in regaining his throne, he would aid Annihilus in the conquest of the rest of the Negative Zone. The two make a pact, however, both secretly intend to betray each other for their own ends.

Taking Blastarr back to his planetoid where they watch a gladiatorial battle, Blastarr is shocked to find his lover Nyglar in the pens as well. Blastarr then jumps into the arena and sends the monster they were being forced to fight into the void of the Negative Zone. Furious at being denied to watch a slaughter, Annihilus kills all the other combatants but spares Nyglar and allows Blastarr to let her accompany him when Annihilus shows him the Super-Adaptoid. When Nyglar realizes her love has changed and become more violent and bloodthirsty, she sneaks away and tries to call for help.

Meanwhile, back on Earth, the Avengers Captain America, Beast, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Wasp and their butler Jarvis have joined Ben at the Baxter Building for one of Ben's roving poker games. Their game is interrupted when Nyglar's distress signal sets off the Negative Zone alarms in Reed's lab. Deciding to go to Nyglar's aid, Ben and the Avengers enter into the Negative Zone, leaving Jarvis behind to watch over the equipment and advising the butler that they can only operate in the Zone for seven hours time.

As the Thing and the Avengers traverse the Negative Zone, Annihilus has revived the Super-Adaptoid, who's adaption of Captain Marvel's cosmic consciousness alerts the two Negative Zone despots of the heroes presences in their realm. In response to this invasion, Annihilus and Blastarr lead an entire army against the heroes.

In the initial strike, while the heroes manage to hold their own they are soon overpowered and the Beast, Wasp, and Hawkeye are captured by Blastarr and taken back aboard Annihilus' flagship. While in the Negative Zone debris, the Thing, Captain America, and Iron Man regroup and prepare for another attack on Annihilus and his forces. As Blastarr leads an attack on his homeworld of Baluuur, Nyglar -- still aboard Annihilus' ship -- overhears the creature advise the Super-Adaptoid that once they have taken over Baluuur, he intends to eliminate Blastarr.

As the Thing, Captain America, and Iron Man are forced to battle the Super-Adaptoid, Nyglar frees the captured Avengers. Witnessing this betrayal, Annihilus kills Nyglar before Blastarr, who "agrees" to continue their assault on Baluuur. The escaped Avengers reunite with their comrades to witness the Thing single-handedly beat the Super-Adaptoid into submission. Meanwhile, in an unforeseen twist, the warriors of Baluuur turn the tables against Annihilus' invasion fleet, and Blastarr reveals that this was all nothing more than a cunning ruse, and that he was always in command of his world and that he orchestrated the entire episode in order to destroy his only competition for ruler-ship of the Negative Zone.

The Avengers and the Thing however, with the Super-Adaptoid secured and Annihilus quelled return to Earth just in the nick of time and tell Jarvis all about their amazing adventure.

Appearing in "The Big Top Bandits"

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Marvel Two-In-One #76.

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Synopsis for "The Big Top Bandits"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #76.

The Thing, his girlfriend Alicia Masters and William Foster are out enjoying the circus, unaware that it's a front for the recently freed Circus of Crime. When the Clown spots the Thing he goes and warns the Ringmaster, who is putting in the final touches of a new giant-sized version of his hypno-disc that can put an entire city under his thrall. The Ringmaster is furious that super-heroes have once more wandered into his business to cause trouble, however, is confident that he can stop these apparent meddlers.

Elsewhere in the city, Bobby Drake hitches a ride to his dates house as the Ice Man before meeting up with her in his civilian guise to take her to the circus as well. Back at the Circus, the Ringmaster uses his hypnotic hat on the crowd and begins robbing the people. However, he doesn't account for the fact that Alicia's blindness makes her immune to the device, and she manages to rouse the Thing out of his trance and instantly starts fighting the Circus of Crime.

While outside, Bobby Drake and his date find that they have been barred admission, figuring that there is something wrong, he sends Terri to call for help while he goes into action as Ice Man to investigate the situation further. With the added assistance of Ice Man, the Thing is able to fight off the various members of the Circus of Crime. The Ringmaster, not wishing to get caught comes up with an escape plan by grabbing Alicia and then releasing the crowd from his hypnotic control and causing a panic by releasing all the circus animals to cover their escape.

However, they do not account for the fact that William Foster is secretly the hero Giant-Man, who changes into his costumed identity. With Giant-Man's added muscle, the three heroes manage to put the animals back to safety and fight off the Circus of Crime members. However the Ringmaster attempts to use his giant hypno-device, however, Ice Man manages to resist its control long enough to use his ice powers on it causing the device to explode.

Trying to flee the scene in their truck, the Circus of Crime are easily defeated and rounded up for the police to take into custody. With the battle over, Ice Man changes back to his civilian guise and meets up with his date, and Ben is reunited with Alicia, only the terminally ill Giant-Man has nobody close to him and he briefly broods over this fact before leaving with Ben and Alicia.

Appearing in "Only the Swamp Survives!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #77.

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Synopsis for "Only the Swamp Survives!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #77.

After a failed test of a new fitness device for Ben, the Fantastic Four are visited by Nick Fury and scientist Dr. Hansdor. He has come to ask Ben to help test out a new super-jet the FX-24 that would be able to travel at speeds of Mach-6, and they believe that Ben is the only one with the skill and endurance to fly the device without any ill effects, unlike the previous test pilots.

Although there is a risk of death, Ben agrees to test the jet out after he has a tearful time alone with Alicia. After rigorous training, Ben goes to Florida to test out the new jet. As the test begins, in the swamps near Citrusville, some hunters come across the shambling muck-monster known as the Man-Thing, that is drawn by their fear and burns them at its touch. While up in the sky, the FX-24 has a jet failure and crashes in the swamp. At the airfield, all assume the worse and begin trying to track Ben down, while Alicia hopes and prays the man that she loves is still alive.

The Man-Thing, meanwhile, is drawn to the sound of the crash, leaving the two hunters to flee the scene. It witnesses the Thing emerge from the jet, and even though he is practically on death's door forces himself to move through the swamp and find help. As Ben wanders through the swamps he reflects back to the days when he was a soldier during World War II and about a mission he once had with Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos.

In this memory, he was assigned to pilot the Commandos into the mountains where the Nazis were hiding out. They would get shot out of the sky and Dum Dum Dugan would be taken hostage, the young Ben Grimm would aid the Howling Commandos in smashing the Nazi base and freeing Dugan from captivity.

During his recollection, Ben would be spotted by the two hunters previously encountered by the Man-Thing, who would mistake the appearance of both monsters as an invasion of some sort and begin shooting at Ben, however, the Man-Thing would rescue the Thing. Meanwhile, the Fantastic Four and Nick Fury would begin tracking Ben through the swamp, the Torch mostly upset due to his previous chiding of Ben to accept the mission.

The Thing finally collapses in the swamp and with the fear of approaching death causes the Man-Thing to attack him. Surprisingly, the Man-Thing's burning touch startles Ben out of his fear and makes him continue his struggle to survive. With no more fear in the area and the arrival of the Fantastic Four and Fury, the Man-Thing slinks away unseen into the swamps. Ben is taken to a hospital where he is given immediate medical attention and is expected to make a full recovery.

Appearing in "A Mission of Gravity!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One Annual #4.

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Synopsis for "A Mission of Gravity!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One Annual #4.

Medusa and Black Bolt are teleported into the Baxter Building by Lockjaw to seek out the aid of the Fantastic Four, however they find the heroes headquarters deserted. The Hidden Land has been plagued by "air quakes" recently and the Inhumans have come to seek the FF's aid in determining their cause. With nobody present, Black Bolt sends Medusa and Lockjaw back to the Hidden Land while he searches for the Fantastic Four. Remembering that the Thing is in a relationship with Alicia Masters, Black Bolt disguises himself and goes seeking out her home.

Finding her home, in spite of the communication barrier between Black Bolt's self-imposed muteness and Alicia's blindness, Black Bolt is able to communicate to her that he is seeking out the Thing. Knowing that Ben had gone to renew his driver's license that day, Alicia agrees to help Black Bolt find him. At the local DMV, the Thing is impatiently waiting in a cue, unaware that both Edwin Jarvis and his lady friend Judy are waiting in the line as well as Jarvis had just gotten his American drivers license.

Outside, Judy is recognized by the amnestic Graviton who grabs her and freezes Jarvis in place with his gravity powers. When the cab driver tells Alicia and Black Bolt of the commotion in the street, Blot grabs Alicia and runs out of the cab. This is just as Ben is exiting the DMV himself and when he sees some disguised person running off with his girl Alicia, he unthinkingly attacks the person realizing too late that it's his old ally Black Bolt. The confusion allows Graviton to escape with Judy, however, Jarvis is freed from the excess gravity locking in place and he asks Thing and Black Bolt for help rescuing the girl.

Graviton reveals himself to the girl in an alley and explains that he doesn't remember who he is. Just then the Thing and Black Bolt catch up and attack the villain, who defends himself with his Gravity powers. With Black Bolt distracting Graviton, Judy explains to Ben of Graviton's origins and his battle against the Avengers which left everyone believing that he had been killed. After Judy finishes explaining her story, Graviton remembers who he really is and absorbing a much mass as possible he mutates into a living black-hole. Realizing that he has gone too far, Graviton asks Black Bolt for sanctuary and a chance to redeem himself, a request which the king of the Inhumans denies.

Furious at this rejection, Graviton uses his powers to extract a part of the sun and send it hurtling toward Attilan. As this is happening he unleashes an onslaught of miniature black holes against the two heroes, which Black Bolt's powers easily deflect. Graviton then goes on a rampage through the city. Ben sends Alicia and Judy back to Avengers Mansion with Jarvis while Black Bolt goes into space and destroys the portion of the sun hurtling towards Earth before rejoining Ben in New York to continue their battle against Graviton.

With the help of a physicist, who translates an idea that Black Bolt has come up with, they heroes determine that Graviton is a representation of a negative universe and that a chunk of anti-matter would be enough to destroy the foe. Converting a chunk of concrete into anti-matter, the two heroes take it to Graviton who has fought his way to the United Nations building. However, when Ben throws the chunk of Anti-Matter at Graviton, Black Bolt -- realizing that Graviton has regained his sanity knocks it away. Graviton explains to Ben what the leader of the Inhumans had seen, and disgusted with what he has become Graviton seemingly destroys himself.

Appearing in "Chapter 1: Skirmish with Death"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One Annual #5.

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Synopsis for "Chapter 1: Skirmish with Death"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One Annual #5.

The Fantastic Four are on their way to the New York City Mayor's office to help promote the "I Love New York" campaign when the Fantasticar is suddenly struck by a mysterious bolt of energy that puts Reed, Sue, and Johnny into a death-like state. Avoiding a near crash, Ben takes his comrades back to the Baxter Building and puts them in life pods and runs an examination machine. He learns that they have been bombarded with Gamma radiation, and figured that in a situation like this Reed would seek out the aid of Bruce Banner, a.k.a. the Hulk.

While in the New Mexico desert, the Hulk bounds through the desert, finding peace in the solitude. Not far away, Betty Ross and her father General Ross go to the site of the Gamma bomb test where Bruce Banner was transformed into the Hulk. When the Hulk happens upon them, he becomes furious and tries to attack when the trio are all struck down by another energy bolt. While Betty and the General are also put in a death-like state the energy causes the Hulk to transform back into Bruce Banner. Banner takes Betty and the General to one of his secret labs where he determines that they have been bombarded with cosmic rays and that he should seek out Reed Richards' aid in saving his loved ones.

Meanwhile, in deep space aboard his personal planetoid, the Stranger prepares to deal with a cosmic threat that threatens the entire universe and must swallow his pride when he realizes the only beings that will be able to help him accomplish his goals are the Thing and the Hulk. He then straps himself into a device that sends him in a beam speeding toward the two beings he seeks. Back on Earth, Banner notices that Ben is on his way in the Pogo-Plane and prepares to meet him outside. Just then the Stranger materializes on Earth causing Ben's plane to crash and upsetting Banner enough to trigger another transformation into the Hulk. The two recognized the Stranger as a menace from their previous encounters both the Thing and the Hulk try to attack the cosmic being and find themselves woefully overpowered. The Stranger freezes the two brutes and explains that he has come seeking their aid in stopping a universal menace. The Thing easily understands and agrees and then manages to convince the Hulk to join them as well.

The Stranger transports them to Hades, the Olympian underworld where it's ruler, Pluto, has devised a device that fires hellish energy into the heart of a black hole in the hopes of destroying the universe so that Pluto might rule over a universe of eternal darkness. When the Hulk attempts to attack straight on, both the Thing and Stranger try to get the simple-minded monster to exercise restraint and form a strategy, which leads to the Thing and the Hulk coming to blows and forcing the Stranger to attack Pluto head on. During the fight, Pluto manages to overpower the Stranger and unleashes a horde of demons on the Thing and the Hulk. Pluto then threatens to throw the Stranger's body into the device (thereby speeding up its process of destroying the universe) however the Hulk becomes furious and uses his strength to destroy the device itself, leaving the Thing to save the Stranger while Pluto falls into the device of his own making. Pluto's spirit is fired up into the black hole where it is seemingly destroyed, ending his threat.

With the machine also destroyed, the revived Stranger returns them to Earth where he thanks the two brutes before departing. When Ben wonders what he is to do about their unconscious friends, he is surprised when General Ross and Betty emerge from the cave alive and well. The Hulk departs not wanting to be hassled by the military once more, and Ben rushes back to the Pogo-Plane where he finds that his fellow FF members have similarly been revived following Pluto's defeat. Ben promises to tell his bewildered teammates about what happened as they hitch a ride back with General Ross.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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