|Location of Publication||New York, New York|
|Story Location||Earth-616; New York: New York City; Manhattan, Earth-7940 (First appearance); New Amsterdam (First appearance): Manhattan|
|Notes||This is the first time it is acknowledged that the Thing's form continued to mutate from his original dinosaur-like hide first seen in Fantastic Four #1 to his trademark brick-like appearance that began appearing circa Fantastic Four #10. |
Reed postulates that Ben's venture back in time created a divergent reality. However it is later discovered in Marvel Two-In-One #100 that Ben actually traveled to an alternate dimension.
Ben refers to the Time-Platform as belonging to Doctor Doom. The Fantastic Four confiscated Doom's time platform after their first encounter with him in Fantastic Four #5, however as explained in Fantastic Four Annual #11 that Reed had to return it before it caused a diplomatic incident, but was able to build a replica before doing so.
Ben goes back in time to the point prior to the Fantastic Four moving into the Baxter Building which occurred circa Fantastic Four #3. Based on the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 Ben traveled back in time roughly five years from the point of this story to the past.