The Thing About Medusa


So, if Ben “The Thing” Grimm were to fight Medusa, would he have to avoid seeing her? I mean, what’s the worst that could happen, he’d be turned into even more stone? I feel like there’s probably an implicit answer in that The Thing is still around in comics, I think, and surely the Fantastic Four battled Medusa at some time in the 60s because if it was the 60s and you were a superhero you just did that sort of thing, battling ancient Greek mythological figures, possibly in space. So The Thing is still around, and you don’t see Medusa’s face slapped all over comic books, but that’s surely just because she’s waiting to be rebooted into a new movie series of her own, right? And that means he probably handled things just fine.

Anyway, I feel like there’s probably someone well-versed in the details of the Marvel comic books universe who could tell me with certainty about their fight and whether he had to do anything special, but, I dunno. I feel vaguely bad when I can effortlessly explain subtler points of 1980s G.I.Joe episodes to people, and I don’t want to make the Marvel comics expert have to feel like that too.

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Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there.

4 thoughts on “The Thing About Medusa”

  1. I could look this up, I suspect, but there’s so many false positives from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medusa_%28comics%29 You’re just not going to be able to tell.

    However, marvel does have “The Grey Gargoyle”, who has a turn-people-to-stone power. Apparently it’s only via his right hand, lasts for one hour, and can work on himself. I’ll cite the Marvel Wiki at http://marvel.wikia.com/Paul_Duval_%28Earth-616%29 :

    “They bade the Grey Gargoyle to attack the Thing, in a sort of initiation to their employ. The Gargoyle seemed successful in turning the Thing into non-living stone, but he was defeated by the remaining members of the Fantastic Four. In addition, the Thing was able to break free of the Gargoyle’s power as it kick-started his ability to transform into his human alter-ego and back again at will.”

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    1. I sincerely appreciate your research and am kind of delighted with it all. I suppose it’s really going to come down to whether the writer figures there’s different kinds of stone you can turn things into (could Medusa turn a statue into a different kind of statue?) but the more delightfully odd the result the better.

      I had not encountered The Grey Gargoyle before. I really appreciate that he manages (sometimes) to have both powers of flight and a problem with sinking to the bottom of water, though. That’s just so … so.

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      1. I suspect that the Grey Gargoyle gained the ability to fly just because he needed to on the cover.It makes no sense.I’ll believe super-strong leaps, though.

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        1. It’s probably that he needed to be able to fit on comic covers, but I hope you won’t mind if I choose to think that he gained the ability to fly because a new writer came on and didn’t know that he couldn’t fly and just assumed.

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