Appearing in "Visiting Hours!"Edit
- Alicia Masters
- Fantastic Four
- Franklin Richards
- Doctor Doom
- Mad Thinker
- Mecho Marauder
- Mole Man
- Bill Foster
- Celia Jackson
- Scarlet Witch
- Wonder Man
- Gladiator (Only in flashback)
- Champion (Only in flashback)
- New York City
- Captain America's Shield
- Captain America's Uniform
- Iron Man Armor Model 4
- Daredevil's Billy Club
- Ant-Man's Helmet
- Cyclops' Visor
- Doctor Doom's Armor
- Beetle Armor MK I
- Floating Super-Hero Poker Game (Mentioned)
Synopsis for "Visiting Hours!"Edit
Following his battles against both the Shi'ar's Gladiator and the Champion of the Universe, the Thing has been hospitalized for his injuries. There he is visited by his girlfriend Alicia Masters, his teammates in the Fantastic Four, his godson Franklin, and Captain America and Iron Man of the Avengers. As he gripes over not having anything good to watch on television and not being allowed to smoke any cigars, he is also visited by his pal Bill Foster and his girlfriend Celia Jackson. Suddenly the visit is interrupted by Ben's nurse who tells those gathered that visiting hours are over and that her patient needs his rest. As they leave the room, the Invisible Girl asks her husband what he seems so grim about, and Mister Fantastic points out that Ben's admission to the hospital is public knowledge and he fears that one of their many foes may attack him here. Just as Reed expresses these fears, the Mad Thinker is plotting the demise of the Thing from his secret lair. Running data through his computers he has determined that one of the Thing's foes will manage to get into his hospital room, however, there is insufficient data to determine who that person might be, much to his frustration. However, the Mad Thinker is convinced that at least one super-villain will be successful in destroying the Thing.
Meanwhile, Spider-Man has gotten some flowers and decides to pay a visit to the Thing at the hospital. His arrival coincides with an attack by the Mecho Marauder. Jamming the villain's weapon systems with his webbing, Spider-Man causes the Marauder's armor to implode and leaving the villain defenseless while Spider-Man webs him up for the authorities. Spider-Man joins the others who have regathered in Ben's room. When the nurse enters she is upset that someone has given Ben a cigar and orders everyone out and confiscates the stogie as well. Not long after this, the villain known as Mirage enters the hospital content he will get past whatever security may stop him thanks to the multiple illusions of himself. However, he does not account for Daredevil being on the scene, who is able to easily detect the real Mirage with his radar sense and knock the villain out. While up in his room, the Thing is unaware of the attack. Trying to catch the baseball game he is upset to hear reports that it has been canceled due to rain. While down below, Doctor Donald Blake has come into the hospital to oversee the Thing's recovery. Coming back from examining x-rays he is a witness as the Mole Man and an army of his Moloids burst through the floor. Tapping his cane twice on the floor causes Blake to transform into Thor, who then uses Mjolnir to summon a storm in the basement of the hospital to drive the Mole Man and his minions back.
While Ben fusses over getting his temperature taken, Shellshock attacks the hospital only to be ambushed and knocked out by Ant-Man. The Grapplers also arrive on the scene and try to gain access only to be repelled by Captain America with an assist from the X-Men. When the Hijacker tries to ram the hospital in his massive tank, his vehicle is incapacitated by Iron Man. While the Thing struggles to fight boredom, his condition becomes privy to Doctor Doom in Latveria, and he begins plotting a fitting response to this news. Meanwhile, the waiting room of the hospital is filled with Ben's friends within the super-hero community. The Human Torch then warns everyone that an army of super-villains have amassed and are heading toward the hospital. This leads to a massive brawl between the heroes and those seeking to harm Ben. While back at his hideout the Mad Thinker gloats that that brawl is the distraction that will allow one of the Thing's enemies to slip by and is convinced that his death will soon follow. What the Mad Thinker doesn't realize is that villain is the recently reformed Sandman, who has sneaked into Ben's room to thank him for giving him a second chance and has come to see how he is doing. Seeing that the Sandman has brought a six pack of beer and some cigars, he believes that this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
- The Thing's injuries come from his battles against Gladiator in Fantastic Four #249-250 and his fight with the Champion in Marvel Two-In-One Annual #7.
- Ben mentions how Bill Foster had recently been cured of cancer. That happened in Marvel Two-In-One #85. It is mentioned that Bill has given up being Giant-Man, although his powers are later restored in West Coast Avengers Annual #3.
- The Mechano Marauder mentions how he has always been humiliated by the Avengers in the past. He has been trying to prove himself by defeating the Avengers since Avengers #217. At the time of this story, he had recently failed at defeating them in Avengers #221.
- Some facts about Thor at the time of this story:
- At the time of this story, Thor could switch to the mortal guise of Donald Blake. This transformation was imposed on Thor by his father Odin to teach him humility as first seen in Thor #159. Thor Vol 3 #1 clarifies that Blake is a mystical construct of Odin that lives a symbiotic life with Thor. At the time Thor kept his double identities a secret.
- Donald Blake is actually visiting from Chicago. After he lost his job in New York City circa Thor #313 Blake moved to Chicago in Thor #319.
- Shellshock mentions his previous encounter with the Thing, which took place in Marvel Two-In-One #70. While the Grapplers mention their previous encounter with the Thing back in Marvel Two-In-One #56.
- Doctor Doom's plans are expanded upon in more detail in Fantastic Four #258 wherein he enslaved Tyros the Tamer and uses him as a pawn against the Fantastic Four.
- The Sandman decided to reform from crime in Marvel Two-In-One #86 following a traumatic experince where he was merged with Hydro-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #217-218. This lasts until his old Frightful Four ally the Wizard uses his ID Machine to turn him back into a criminal in Peter Parker: Spider-Man Vol 2 #12.
- The Beetle is depicted wearing his original armor here even though he had abandoned it in favor for a new model in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #58.
- Bill Foster is depicted as Giant-Man in the one-page battle montage on page 22. This is an error as Bill had lost his powers after being cured of cancer in Marvel Two-In-One #85 and does not regain them again until West Coast Avengers Annual #3.
- No trivia.
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