The Thing #31
 Mike Carlin
Pencils: Ron Wilson Inks: Kim DeMulder
Language: English Release: 1986
Publisher: Marvel Comics Pages: 32
Colors: Bob Sharen Cover: N/A
Monster Appearances: Aliens, SDF, & Misc Appearances:
Godzilla, Robotic Devil Dinosaur Thing
Anthony Romero
Six months after the Doctor Demonicus story arc that started in Iron Man #193, Marvel brings back the mutated Godzilla for one last hurrah. This issue deals with the title character, Ben Grimm the Thing, taking a trip out to a remote island to check on his girlfriend, Sharon Ventura, who is working as a stunt actress on the set of Devil Dinosaur the movie. The comic then covers Ben's mishaps in confusing special effects for reality, as his attempts to set things right only manage to hold up production. Eventually, the Thing decides to stay confined to his trailer to avoid trouble, while, ironically, the mutated Godzilla then emerges to attack the people on the set, managing to destroy the robotic Devil Dinosaur as he then leaves unopposed.

Overall, the story here is an interesting little side diversion. Not particularly creative or unique, as the general plot is something one has likely seen before on numerous cartoon shows, but at least the story is confined to this issue. As for the Godzilla character, it's a minimal role for the beast, but it fits with the established mentality of the character and it's nice to see him no longer under the control of Demonicus. The book also has a nice parallel with the Devil Dinosaur character, as Godzilla had confronted him back during his own comic run in the 1970's.

As for the art in this book, it's a mixed bag. Some panels look great, while others seem rushed and characters drastically change facial appearances at times, particularly Sharon Ventura. Ron Wilson has also drawn Godzilla here with very small, almost T-rex like forearms instead of the more proportionate ones he sported in the Iron Man issues. As for the colors, Bob Sharen returns from his work on the mutated Godzilla arc in Iron Man and does a pretty upstanding job here both in terms of consistency and detail.