The Thing is...

When I was growing up, comic books were one of my main imagination triggers. I loved the Marvel comics (no DC for me!) and trips to the local drug or book stores so I could choose new issues were greatly anticipated.


My favorite comic was the Fantastic Four, and my favorite character? It was The Thing. There was something about that orange-rocked guy that I just loved -- and still do. The Thing toys are the only superhero figures that ornament my desk today.


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What does this have to do with the South Dakota Badlands?


Well, during our hike on the Notch Trail I commented to my wife that I really loved the look of all of these rocks -- so interesting!


She replied: "Yeah, they look like The Thing."


Wow. I hadn't made that connection until she said it, but they certainly do look a lot like The Thing!


Not only in general terms, but specifically -- I started seeing the face of Ben Grimm in many of the rock formations. (Do you see it above?)



I wonder, did Jack Kirby and/or Stan Lee visit this place in the 1960's?

Cover of Fantastic Four vol. 1, 51 (Jun, 1966).Art by Jack Kirby, pencils, and Joe Sinnott, inks.
Trademarks & Copyright © 1966 Marvel Characters, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

South Dakota Badlands: Place of desolate natural beauty, or inspiration for one of the greatest comic book characters?

I vote for both!

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Teri  – (October 5, 2013 at 9:40 AM)  

LOVE the Bad Lands! Did you hear they had a blizzard last night? Predicted up to 18" of snow!

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