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This is the PopApostle site for The Thing, the 1982 John Carpenter classic sci-fi/horror film and its various media tie-ins. I will be presenting my studies relating to each, such as commentary on the science described, sound bits of memorable dialog, screen grabs and my own musings. I'll be presenting them in my estimation of the chronological order each story takes place. Also included is my analyses of the original 1938 short story "Who Goes There?" by John W. Campbell upon which The Thing is based, and the 1951 film, The Thing from Another World, the first movie based loosely on the short story.

 

Although there are no television "episodes" in the Thing canon, I am continuing to use the term "episode" as I have elsewhere on PopApostle, as a separable piece in the continuous narrative of a larger story.

 
"The Northman Nightmare" The Thing The Thing "The Things" "The Thing from Another World" Part 1
Digital comic Prequel movie Movie Clarkesworld Magazine #40 The Thing from
Another World
#1
(Dark Horse)
In the Twelfth Century, a Viking expedition in Greenland seeks out a village with whom contact has been lost. An international team at a Norwegian Antarctic research base dig up from the ice a frozen creature from outer space. A U.S. scientific research outpost in the Antarctic is invaded by a being from outer space which can take over the form of any life form it encounters. An alien creature awakens on Earth after 100,000 years frozen in the Antarctic ice...and finds that it's not alone. MacReady awakens in the infirmary of a Japanese whaling vessel in the Southern Ocean. But where is Childs?
"The Thing from Another World" Part 2 "Climate of Fear" Part 1 "Climate of Fear" Part 2 "Climate of Fear" Part 3 "Climate of Fear" Part 4
The Thing from
Another World
#2
(Dark Horse)
The Thing from
Another World: Climate of Fear
#1 (Dark Horse)
The Thing from
Another World: Climate of Fear
#2 (Dark Horse)
The Thing from
Another World: Climate of Fear
#3 (Dark Horse)
The Thing from
Another World: Climate of Fear
#4 (Dark Horse)
The survivors (and the Thing) make their way to the Argentine camp in Antarctica. MacReady awakens after his ordeal on the sub. An old face shows up at the Tierra del Fuego base. MacReady stands revealed as a Thing! The human survivors of Tierra del Fuego force a final confrontation with the Things.
"From This Day Forth" "In Sickness or in Health" "For Better or Worse" "'Til Death Us Do Part" "Questionable Research"
The Thing from
Another World: Eternal Vows
#1 (Dark Horse)
The Thing from
Another World: Eternal Vows
#2 (Dark Horse)
The Thing from
Another World: Eternal Vows
#3 (Dark Horse)
The Thing from
Another World: Eternal Vows
#4 (Dark Horse)
Dark Horse Comics #13-16 (Dark Horse)
Bizarrely distorted bodies of murder victims begin turning up in the small New Zealand town of Wallace Harbour. MacReady arrives in Wallace Harbour to investigate the all-too-familiar sounding deaths in town. Jennifer makes a rash move that dooms Wallace Harbour. Aboard the Gettysburg, MacReady makes his final stand against the Thing. A U.S. scientific research team gathers evidence and specimens from Outpost 31.
The Thing: Cold Case
"Cold Case"        
Video Game        
A U.S. Special Forces team investigates the remains of the American and Norwegian bases in Antarctica.        
 
 
Sidebar Studies
     
"Who Goes There?" The Thing from Another World      
Short Story Movie      
Discovering a magnetic anomaly in the Antarctic near a U.S. scientific research outpost a group of unwary scientists dig up from the ice an ancient spaceship and a frozen being from outer space. A flying saucer crashes in the Arctic near a U.S. scientific research outpost and the unwary humans dig up from the ice a frozen being from outer space.