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Synopsis for "His Mission: Destroy the Fantastic Four!"Edit

The Fantastic Four pay a visit to Alicia, who has been hospitalized after her encounter with the scientists of the Beehive. [1] The tender moment between Ben and Alicia is soured when Ben implies that he is taking advantage of her blindness as a selfish means of dating her. Reed gets Ben out of the hospital room and asks him what is wrong. Ben admits that he has doubts that Alicia would remain with him if she ever got her eyesight back and saw what he really looked like as the Thing. When Reed tries to reassure Ben that Alicia truly loves him, Ben finds it hard to believe and begs Reed to find a way to restore him to normal.

At that very moment the chemist Doctor Santini has been captured by a mysterious man who exposes Santini to his hypno-lenses. Demanding to know what Reed Richards had hired him for, the man learns that Santini was sought out to help try and find a cure for the Thing's condition. This gives their mysterious enemy just the right avenue to get revenge against his hated foes.

While back at the Baxter Building, Reed conducts another test on Ben's body in his ongoing quest to try and find a means to cure his friend. He tells Ben that with the help of Doctor Santini he may be able to create a cure that will be permanent this time around. As they exit Reed's lab, they walk in on Sue trying on her new modified costume that has a mini-skirt. When she is spotted she is embarrassed and tries to turn invisible. This turns into a playful chase between husband and wife. When Reed wraps himself around his wife, Ben helps her out by blowing so hard that Reed is thrown off of her. This makes Reed happy since it appears that Ben is acting like his old self again.

At that moment at a nearby garage, Johnny shows off his girlfriend Crystal to his friends. When they begin hitting on Crystal, Johnny reacts poorly by giving one of his friends a literal hot foot. Upset by Johnny's immaturity, she summons up a whirlwind with her elemental powers to shake things up a bit. As Ben, Reed and Sue have some fun, their mysterious foe completes his disguise so that he looks identical to Doctor Santini and prepares to enact his plan of revenge against the Fantastic Four. Back at their headquarters, Ben puts on his best suit for their guest, but it bursts at the seams because he was holding his breath to put it on. When "Doctor Santini" arrives, he is introduced to Ben. After seeing a display of the Thing's power, "Santini" promises that after this experiment Ben will be an entirely different person. Reed begins to work with "Santini" on a possible cure.

Meanwhile, Ben has gone for a walk and is so lost in thought, he is oblivious when members of the Yancy Street Gang manage to knock off his hat with a shot from a slingshot. As the two scientists complete their work, they believe they have some sort of success. Although she doesn't voice her concerns, Sue has come to mistrust "Doctor Santini" but cannot explain why. When Ben returns he is excited to get the experiment under way hoping it will cure him. First Ben goes into a chemical bath and then is bombarded with mesa rays. Finally Ben is strapped into a "molecul-board" for a final bombardment of energy. When "Santini" announces an unexpected adjustment, Reed tries to stop him but he is too late. When the beam hits Ben it doesn't change him back to normal, it only affects his personality. Filled with a total rage, the Thing blames Reed for failing to restore him to normal yet again, this time fully prepared to kill his best friend.

This story is continued next issue...

Continuity Notes

  • The mystery villain is revealed as the Mad Thinker next issue. He last clashed with the Fantastic Four in Fantastic Four Annual #4 where he pitted them against the original Human Torch. He was last seen in Avengers #39 when he sent his failed group, the Triumvirate of Terror against the Avengers. Because he was not directly involved in the attack, his involvement was unknown and he remained uncaptured. It was later revealed that while the Mad Thinker was preparing to disguise himself as Dr. Santini, he was approached by the robot known as Ultron who collected the inert body of the Human Torch for his own ends, as seen in Avengers #135. Little did either of them know was that the time traveler known as Immortus created a chronal duplicate of the Torch. One that was taken by Ultron, and another to be left behind for the Thinker to find after this scheme, as seen in Avengers: Forever #8.
  • The last time the Yancy Street Gang played a prank on the Thing was in Fantastic Four #36 when they sent an etiquette bomb to the Invisible Girl as a wedding present. The gang lays low until Fantastic Four #113 when they mail a stink bomb to the Thing.

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