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The Thing!

The Thing!
The Thing #12 (Feb. 1954), featuring the first comic-book cover art by Steve Ditko
Publication information
Publisher Charlton Comics
Schedule Bimonthly
Format Anthology
Genre Horror
Publication date Feb. [[1952 in comics#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.1952]] – Nov. [[1954 in comics#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.1954]]
Number of issues 17
Creative team
Artist(s) Steve Ditko
Collected editions
Steve Ditko's The Thing! ISBN 1-56685-028-2

The Thing! is an American horror comic book published by Charlton Comics that ran 17 issues from 1952 to 1954. Its tagline was "Weird tales of suspense and horror!" After the 17th issue it was cancelled and the series' numbering continued as Blue Beetle vol. 2.[1]

Artist Steve Ditko provided the covers for #12-15 and 17. He also illustrated stories in issues #12-15. The cover of #12 marks this industry notable's first comic-book cover art.[2]

In 2006, Pure Imagination released the trade paperback Steve Ditko's The Thing! that reprinted all of Ditko's stories from this title, and used the cover of #15 for its cover. The back cover shows the covers from The Thing #12, 13 and 14 and Strange Suspense Stories #22. It also included Ditko stories from Charlton's Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds #5 and #11, Do You Believe In Nightmares #1, Strange Suspense Stories #36, and Unusual Tales #25.

In 2014, UK publisher PS Artbooks reprinted the entire series in a deluxe two volume hardcover collection.[3]


  1. ^ 'The Thing!' at the Grand Comics Database
  2. ^ Steve Ditko at the Grand Comics Database
  3. ^ Captain Comics

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