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Subj: Re: The Thing's Helmet
Posted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 at 04:42:52 pm CST (Viewed 1818 times)
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    I thought The Thing's helmet was due to the damage to his face by Wolverine's adamantine claws? It was supposed because Ben felt he was even more horrific than ever and wanted to hide his scarred face - and I suspect also to prevent further damage so it could heal.

That's the in-story reason. I'm looking for the meta reason. Why did the writer choose to go down this path?

According to Defalco's "Creators on the Fantastic Four":

Defalco asks: What did you think of the scarring of Ben Grimm's face?

Ryan: I thought it was interesting. As I recall, he stayed scarred for a long time. In the following issue, in which Ben was on the moon, I put a helmet on him to cover up the scarring and protect his face. More people complained to me about the helmet than anything else. Even more than they complained about Sue's "special" costume.

Some may remember that Sue's original design for Ben's costume included a helmet, but he rejected it! 

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