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A Brief History of It’s Clobberin’ Time

July 28, 2013

I’ve been catching up on my Fantastic Four history recently, and it’s amazing watching these characters develop. One of my favorites of the group is Ben Grimm a.k.a. The Thing. Pilot, WW II vet, and all around lovable guy. Everyone knows his famous battle cry of “It’s clobberin’ time!”, so I decided to track down the first time ol blue eye Benji uttered this phrase. So ladies and gentlemen I present to you:

altered version of Steven Hawking’s book used without permission, please don’t tell on me

Now, up until Ben actually shouted this before going into battle for the first time, he certainly was good at threatening to clobber quite a few people


And his attempt at using the term “pulverize” (FF #3) just didn’t quite do the trick…


…but in ish #22, pg. 15 we get to hear it for the first time fighting the Mole Man and his Moloids



Unfortunately, he didn’t actually clobber ANYONE


He just kinda…laid down on those little guys instead. The very next issue they fought their most bitter rival and greatest enemy, Dr. Doom…yet Ben still hasn’t quite managed to figure out how to administer a proper clobbering.


It wasn’t until 9 whole issues later, once again confronting their first ever villain the Mole Man, did Aunt Petunia’s favorite nephew finally land that devastating right hook he’s famous for




And there it is. The first time The Thing landed his patented punch. Now according to the Marvel Comics Database the Moloids are described thusly:

Body Type: humanoid
Average Height: 5’0″
Average Weight: 130 lbs
Eyes: white
Hair: none
Skin: yellow
Special Adaptations: can see well in the dark
Unusual Features: very small pupils


So…these mindless slaves of the Mole Man are basically the size of a teenager. And are practically blind. Be that as may, he did knock out 15 of them with one punch so…technically he isn’t a bully who picks on people smaller than him. He’s the heroic Thing. He would never do anything like that now would he?

those damn Yancy Street Gangers

See? That’s why he’s known as The Ever Lovin’ Blue Eyed Thing. Long may he live


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One Comment
  1. Great entry. I’d been wondering about this recently–nice job on following the paper trail! 🙂

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