1st Appearance (Albert DeVoor)
Alicia Masters is on the scene where it appears her love the Thing is battling the extra-dimensional being known as Arkon. However, when Alicia gets in the middle of the battle, she is shocked to find that this Thing has a higher vocabulary and does not seem to recognize her. Realizing that Alicia is in danger, this other Thing charges at Arkon, playing into the barbarian kings hand, allowing him to whisk them away with one of his D-Bolts.
Hopping a cab, Alicia has it ride her to the Baxter Building (the cabbie relating to how he once gave a lift to the Invisible Girl). As the FF's jet lands on the roof of the Baxter Building, Alicia rushes upstairs to find that the Fantastic Four had just returned from their trip to the Hidden Land of the Inhumans, and that Ben is among them, safe and sound. Alicia's story confuses the entire team, except for the Thing who recalls a previous adventure where he was transferred to another dimension where he met a Reed Richards who was turned into the Thing. Ben rushes to the communications room and contacts Crystal and Quicksilver at the Hidden Land and asks them if he can borrow Lockjaw. They agree to send the Inhuman's teleportor to him and Ben -- using a scrap of the other Thing's shirt -- asks Lockjaw to take him to the source.
Reed calls Sue and Johnny into a meeting where he introduces them to Albert DeVoor, a man representing a large corporation. Reed explains that their company Fantastic Four Inc. is in need of money and as 50% stake holder in their incorporation he is selling an number of patents over to the company Mr. DeVoor represents, a revelation that shocks the two siblings.