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7 Times Doctor Doom and The Thing Faced Off

Here’s a look at some of Doctor Doom’s past matches with The Thing.

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Ben Grimm, the world-famous Thing, and Victor Von Doom possess a shared history marked by near-constant strife and struggle—against each other. Here’s a look at some of Doctor Doom’s past matches with The Thing. Better bring a helmet…

Fantastic Four (1961) #23

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After a few near-skirmishes with his armored foe, Ben finally got his big mitts on Doom when the Latverian monarch laid a trap for the Fantastic Four in the path of a “solar wave.” Too bad for Victor: the Thing’s actions sent him spiraling into space, armor and all.

Fantastic Four (1961) #40

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With a surge of returned power, the Thing managed to grab Doom’s arms in this battle and crush both his evil devices and his hands. Realizing he’d humbled his enemy, Ben allowed the doctor to slink away, beaten.

Fantastic Four (1961) #60

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Desiring revenge for the injury to his hands, Doom laid into The Thing with the Power Cosmic, and though he held the upper hand that time, the armored despot marveled at Ben’s tenacity in the face of the overwhelming odds against him to win.

Fantastic Four (1961) #157

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After defeating the android Doomsman, Thing jumped at the chance to clobber Doom once more, but Victor surprised Ben with new and improved armor that withstood his rocky punches and led to a sobering stalemate.

Fantastic Four (1961) #350

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Doctor Doom returned with new armor after a long absence and again found himself in the path of Ben Grimm’s fists. The battle ended with the untimely interference of Ben’s former partner Sharon Ventura before anything could be proved on either side of the argument.

Fantastic Four (1961) #361

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When The Thing returned to his old stomping grounds on Yancy Street he discovered Doctor Doom attempting to design a cure for drug addiction. Nevertheless, Ben attacked and drove Doom away from his cherished neighborhood before the despot managed to complete his work.

Fantastic Four (1998) #552

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A future version of Victor Von Doom arrived in the present to warn the Fantastic Four of the Reed Richards of tomorrow’s coming mischief. When Ben felt his foe insulted Reed, he slammed Doom so hard the armored monarch ended up in another building across the street.