Panel from Fantastic Four: The World's Greatest Comics Magazine #5 (June 2001), plot by Erik Larsen and Eric Stephenson, script by Kurt Busiek, pencils by Keith Giffen, inks by Al Gordon, colors by Eric Stephenson, letters by Richard Starkings
A coffee-maker, Ben? You think Reed would make a coffee-maker? Hee hee hee..that's ridiculous!
Anyway, it's not a coffee-maker. It's full of flying marbles!
Each of those little zipping spheres is zeroing in on and zapping electronic bugs that have been placed in the Baxter Building, spying on Reed and Company. Yes, whoever it is that's been spying on them has seen every minute of Ben Grimm sitting in his underwear watching WOR-TV's Million Dollar Movie while eating nachos. But who could be watching them? Could it be...The Watcher? Oh, wait, no.
Anyway, it wasn't a coffee-maker, Ben, because that's the silliest idea ever.