Hope you don't mind me placing this here, I've been incredibly lazy this year, not having done a single update since MARCH. Though I guess we all need a break from time to time, don't we?
Here's a look at Ben's solo title of the 80s, feel free to offer suggestions/corrections if anything's factually wrong:
Nice article Richard, I enjoyed reading it and recalling the Thing's solo series. I'll have to take a look at that issue where Anne Nocenti is in bandages and it's implied Ben gave her a beating.
In answer to one of your questions, I believe the hippie who shot Miracle Man was the Scourge of the Underworld. Originally believed to be a single individual it was later revealed to be an organization of people who were taking out C and D-listers. The story resolved in Captain America I think.