Real Name: Jacob Grimm
Identity/Class: Human, civilian
Occupation: Physician, general practicioner
Group Membership: None
Ruth Efford, Fantastic Four (Human Torch/Johnny Storm, Invisible Girl/Susan
Richards-Storm, Mr. Fantastic/Reed Richards, Frankie
Raye, Thing/Ben Grimm), Franklin
Richards, Sam (Benson's sheriff), Wendy
Known Relatives: Benjamin Grimm Sr. (father), Mary Grimm (mother), Petunia "Penny" Grimm (wife), Alyce Grimm (wife, deceased), Daniel Grimm Sr. (brother, deceased), Sophie Grimm (sister, deceased), Benjamin J. Grimm (nephew), Daniel Grimm Jr. (nephew, deceased), Elsi Grimm (sister-in-law, deceased)
Aliases: Jake, Uncle Jake (nicknames given by the
Base of Operations: Benson, Arizona;
formerly New York City
First Appearance: (Seen) Fantastic Four I#238 (January, 1982); (named) Fantastic Four I#239 (February, 1982)
Powers/Abilities: Jacob Grimm doesn't possess any
superhuman powers. He is an intelligent, caring and determined man who
despite his age and partial paralysis continues to service the medical
needs of a small rural community.
Height: 5'6" (by approximation, slightly stooped
because of the crutches)
Weight: 148 lbs. (by approximation)
Hair: White (blonde in youth)/font>
The Thing I#1 (fb) ) - Jacob Grimm grew up on Yancy Street
in New York. Unlike the other members of his family, he managed to
escape the crushing poverty and the gang violence, putting himself
through medical school to become a doctor. Jacob married his wife Alyce
and the two lived in a posh uptown appartment.
(Fantastic Four I#238 (fb) ) - Jacob worked in a New York hospital for twenty years.
(Thing: Freakshow#1 (fb) - BTS) - Jacob and his wife took Ben Grimm for a visit to the local carnival as a child.
(Infinity Crusade#2 (fb) - BTS) - Jacob's sister Sophie was diagnosed with a fatal form of cancer and succumbed to the disease.
(Thing I#1 (fb) ) - When his brother Daniel and his
wife Elsi died, Jacob became the legal guardian of their orphaned son,
rebellious, street punk Ben Grimm. Despite Jacob and Alyce's best
intentions, their nephew remained spiteful and agressive towards them
for quite some time. However, after a few months of unrelentless love
and care, Ben grew to realize his uncle wanted the best for him and
started using the chances Jacob and Alyce offered him, like going to
(Fantastic Four I#239 (fb) ) - Jacob survived a car accident that killed Alyce and left him partially paralyzed. The loss of both his wife and the use of his legs left him bitter and remorseful.
During his revalidation period, Jacob met a young student nurse called Penny. They fell in love and despite their age difference and the objections of everyone except Ben Grimm, got married. The couple moved to the small town of Benson in Arizona, where they started a small medical practice.
(Fantastic Four I#238 - BTS) - Famed archeologist Dame
Ruth Efford came to Benson to excavate a historic site. The dig awoke a
band of ancient, supernatural entities who befriended a local girl called
Wendy, but attacked and killed several adults by literally frightening
them to death.
(Fantastic Four I#238) - Jacob and Penny were confounded
by the mysterious deaths. While Jacob gave Sam the sheriff a perfectly
valid medical reason for the death (a massive
collapse of the cardiovascular system brought on by extreme nervous
distress), he couldn't tell what brought it on. Penny told Jacob this
was out of their league and that he already knew what they had to do.
Initally resisting the idea of calling in his nephew because they hadn't
spoken in years, Jacob ultimately gave in and sent Penny to New York in
order to seek out the Fantastic Four.
(Fantastic Four I#239) - When Penny arrived with Ben and the other members of the FF, Jacob's bond with his nephew was instantly rekindled. The FF investigated the deaths, with some help from Jacob, Dame Ruth Efford and the small, local girl Wendy.
When Wendy's Friends came to Benson that night to test everyone's inner resolve by subjecting them to untold horror, mayhem and fear. Jacob withstood the ordeal.
The next morning, he, Penny and 26 other inhabitants decided to remain in Benson while everyone else left.
(Fantastic Four I#257 - BTS) - Jacob travelled to New York
to personally oversee Franklin Richards' medical treatment at Mercy
General Hospital, following the severe injuries the child had sustained
at the hands of Annihilus.
(Thing I#2) - Jacob and the Invisible Girl were at the
hospital, returning from a visit to Franklin's room. He informed Reed
and a newly arrived Ben Grimm that, while the young boy's injuries were
severe, he seemed stable.
(Fantastic Four I#257 - BTS) - Suspecting she might be pregnant, the Invisible Girl asked Jacob to examine her. Jacob was happy to report Sue was indeed expecting her second child.
(Fantastic Four I#257) - After several weeks, Jacob
informed Reed, Sue and Ben that Franklin was going to be fine and that
the danger had passed. When Ben happily lifted Reed and Sue into the
air, Jake urged him to treat the Invisible Girl a little more
delicately, considering her condition.
(Thing II#8) - Jacob and his wife Penny participated in
their nephew's bar mitvzah, celebrating the 13th anniversary of him
becoming the Thing. They sent out personal invitations to most of his
friends and associates, ranging from Dum Dum Dugan to Willie Lumpkin and
Alicia Masters and attended the ceremony as well.
Comments: Created by John Byrne
Just how anyone expected the town of Benson to survive
after over 98 percent of its population moved out was never explained.
You'd think a smart man like Jacob Grimm would figure that a medical
practice needed more than 26 patients.
Profile by Norvo.
Jacob Grimm has no known connections to:
Jacob's first wife who, along with her husband, became the teenage Ben Grimm's legal guardian after his parents died. By all accounts, she was a kind and understanding woman, patient with her troubled nephew who kept refusing her and Jacob's attempts at showing him love and affection. Eventually, she helped Ben adjust to his new life, cheering him on as he went to college. Alyce and Jacob got into a car accident shortly before the Fantastic Four's first spaceflight. Alyce didn't survive the crash, throwing a partially crippled Jacob into a deep depression.
--Thing I#1 (fb)
images: (without ads)
Fantastic Four I#257, p18, pan2 (main image)
Thing I#1, p16, pan2 (consoles ben)
Fantastic Four I#238, p19, pan5 (with Petunia)
Fantastic Four I#239, p11, pan5 (meets Ben again)
Thing I#1, p16, pan5 (Alyce Grimm)
Thing I#1 (July, 1983) - John Byrne (writer), Ron Wilson (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Thing I#2 (August, 1983) - John Byrne (writer), Ron Wilson (pencils), John Byrne (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Fantastic Four I#238 (January, 1982) - John Byrne (writer, pencils, inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Fantastic Four I#239 (February, 1982) - John Byrne (writer, pencils, inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Fantastic Four I#257 (August, 1983) - John Byrne (writer, pencils, inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Infinity Crusade#2 (July, 1993) - Jim Starlin (writer), Ron Lim (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Craig Anderson (editor)
Thing: Freakshow#1 (August, 2002) - Geoff Johns (writer), Scott Kolins (pencils), Andy Lanning (inks), Marc Sumerak (editor)
Thing II#8 (August, 2006) - Dan Slott (writer), Kieron Dwyer (pencils), Andrea Di Vito (inks), Molly Lazer, Andy Schmidt, Aubrey Sitterson (editors)
Last updated: 11/30/13
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