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BWS started this story decades ago, and says "This work is very much of its time; the 1980s, some twenty years ago. Inextricably tailored into the story are several Marvel time-line devices: Reed and Sue have not yet had their son Franklin, for instance. They still live and work at the old Baxter Building. Also, there are visual and verbal references to '80s pop culture. Bill Cosby's Jell-O Pudding endorsements, Brenda Vacarro's tampon ads on network TV, Johnny Carson and The Tonight Show -- even the now discontinued chocolate MARS bar."
I've often spoken about how I feel the Thing is one of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's greatest creations...that combination of a monstrous exterior, a gentle interior, an earthy wit combined with a giant heart, a deep-rooted heroism mixed with a rough and tumble demeanor, makes Ben Grimm one of the most appealing, most tragic, and potentially most complex characters at Marvel Comics. While some of the comics he appeared in may not have been the best, even at the worst of times the character of the Thing still manages to shine through -- a solid creation that can withstand even the poorest treatment. Not that Aunt Petunia's favorite nephew needs to worry with Barry Windsor-Smith at the helm of the forthcoming Thing graphic novel. In his past work, Windsor-Smith has demonstrated an ease at mixing sharp wit, slapstick humor, rollicking adventure, and quiet beauty into a unique amalgam, as in his Storyteller books, and in Valiant Comics' Archer & Armstrong, making him a natural fit for this character. His art gives the Thing's rocky hide a sheen of beauty, his writing well-suited to giving voice to Grimm's gruff but heroic personality. Having wowed fans decades ago with his one previous and all-too-brief Thing tale in Marvel Fanfare, Windsor-Smith's new graphic novel marks his welcome return to Stan 'n' Jack's creation.
-- Mike Sterling, Retailer and Comic Book Galaxy Columnist
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