Real Name: Henry (Hank McCoy)
First Appearance: X-Men #1 as Beast (September 1963). Amazing Adventure Volume 2, #11 as Furry Beast (March 1972)
Powers: Super Strength, Agility, Endurance, and Speed
Affiliation: X-Men, X-Factor, Avengers, Defenders,
Enemies: Most Avenger and X-Men enemies
Love Interests: Linda Donalson, Jennifer Nyles, Cecilia Reyes and Trish Tilby
Did You Know: Hank McCoy is accomplished in Biochemistry and Genetics.
A Little History
Hank’s father, Norton worked at a nuclear power plant. Unsuspecting of anything going on, Norton was exposed to a tremendous amount of radiation which affected his genes. Not thinking anything about it, his wife, Edna and he became pregnant. Because of the constant exposure Norton underwent, Hank was born with both large hands and feet.
As he progressed through his teenage years, Hank quickly developed superior agility, reflexes, and strength compared to his classmates. He became a football player so that he may hide his physical differences but it wouldn’t be long before he was caught. Upon becoming caught, he was expelled from school.
Ever the opportunist, Charles Xavier sees what has happened and offers Hank a spot in his School for the Gifted and on his forming X-Men team. Unfortunately for Hank, a costumed villain known as El Conquistador also takes notice. He takes Hank’s parent hostage and forces him to aid him in his exploits. With the assistance of Xavier and his team, Hank beats El Conquistador, rescues his parents and accepts the invitation to the school.
At the school, he takes on the moniker, Beast.
At 21, Beast takes a leave from the Institute to become a Scientist at the Brand Corporation. Here he develops a serum that will allow anyone to take on temporary mutant-like powers. Using the serum to change his appearance, he goes undercover in an attempt to stop the theft of his research. Unfortunately, he waits too long to reverse the serum and grows grey fur all over his body.
Eventually, the fur changes to blue and he takes on a more animalistic appearance. He develops sharp claws, fangs, becomes more feral in nature and is able to scale walls and buildings.