The Thing is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is a founding member of the Fantastic Four. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the character and his first appearance was in Fantastic Four comic #1 (1961).
Marvel Worldwide Inc. is an American publisher of comics books starting in 1939 as Timely Publications. By the early 70s, the company was considered as one the best comic publisher in the United States. In 2009, The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Worldwide's parent company, for four thousand million dollars.