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name: Henry "Hank" Peter McCoy Occupation: (current) Adventurer, (former) Biochemist,
college lecturer Identity: Publicly known Legal status: Citizen of the United States with no
criminal record Other aliases: None Place of birth: Dunfee, Illinois Marital status: Single Known relatives: Norton (father), Edna (mother),
Robert (uncle) Group affiliation: (current) X-Men, (former) X-Factor
I, Avengers, Defenders Extent of education: Ph.D. in Biochemistry
Base of operations: (current) Xavier Institute, Salem
Center, Westchester County, New York State; (former) Brand
Corporation facilities, Long Island; Avengers Mansion, New
York City; Defenders Mansion, Colorado; X-Factor I headquarters,
New York City; "Ship" First appearance: X-MEN (first series) #1, (in furry
form) AMAZING ADVENTURES #11
History: Henry McCoy's father, Norton, worked at
a nuclear power plant where he was exposed to massive amounts
of radiation during an accident. Norton was unharmed, but
the radiation affected his genes, and as a result his son
Henry was born a mutant. Unlike most superhuman mutants,
Henry showed signs of mutation from birth: unusually large
hands and feet.
Thanks to his superhuman agility, strength, and speed, Henry
became a star football player as a teenager. His remarkable
athletic abilities attracted the notice of both Professor
Charles Xavier, who was forming the original X-Men, and
a costumed criminal named El Conquistador. The Conquistador
captured McCoy's parents in order to force McCoy to aid
him in his criminal schemes. However, with the help of Xavier
and the X-Men, Henry defeated the Conquistador, and he then
joined the X-Men, taking the code name "Beast."
brilliant student, McCoy completed his doctoral studies
under Xavier's tutelage, and finally left the X-Men and
Xavier's school to take a position as a genetic researcher
with the Brand Corporation. There he developed a serum that
acted as a catalyst for activating latent mutations. On
drinking the serum McCoy underwent radical physical changes.
He grew fur over his entire body, his ears became larger
and pointed, and his canine teeth became larger, resembling
fangs. The serum also further increased his superhuman agility,
endurance, speed, and strength.
Eventually, McCoy left Brand, joined the Avengers, and publicly
revealed his dual identity. After years of service with
the Avengers (during which he also aided the X-Men against
Dark Phoenix), the Beast took it upon himself to reorganize
another super-hero group, the Defenders, into a more formal
combat organization. His X-Men cohorts Angel and Iceman
served in the Defenders along with him, but the team collapsed
after a climactic battle in which several other members
Subsequently, the Beast and his fellow members of the original
X-Men formed a new organization, the original X-Factor,
which publicly appeared to hunt down allegedly dangerous
mutants but secretly taught them how to use their superhuman
abilities. Shortly after the formation of X-Factor, the
Beast was captured by the geneticist Dr. Carl Maddicks,
who performed an experiment that caused the Beast to revert
to his original, more human appearance. Some time later,
however, the mutagenic powers of the mutant Infectia triggered
the Beast's return to his furry, more animalistic appearance.
After Professor Charles Xavier returned to Earth following
an extended period in outer space with the Starjammers,
the Beast and his fellow X-Factor founders returned to the
X-Men. At present the Beast remains an active member of
the X-Men as well as serving as a research scientist at
the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning.
Height: 5 ft. 11 in. Weight: 355 lbs. Eyes: Blue Hair: (originally) Brown, (currently) Blue-black
Other distinguishing features: Covered with fur,
unusually large hands and feet, pointed ears, fang-like
Known superhuman powers: The Beast has the superhuman
strength, agility, endurance, speed and dexterity. He is
strong enough to lift (press) 2,000 pounds. His legs are
powerful enough to enable him to leap 14 feet high in a
standing high jump, and 22 feet in a standing broad jump.
He is able to crawl up brick walls by wedging his fingers
and toes into the smallest cracks and applying a vise-like
grip on them. He has enough power to smash through a four-inch
thick oaken door with a single blow or tie a three-inch
solid steel bar into a knot.
He has the agility of a great ape and the acrobatic prowess
of the most accomplished circus aerialist and acrobat. Ha
can walk a tightrope or a slack rope as easily as most people
can walk on a sidewalk. He can walk on his hands for many
hours, or perform a complicated sequence of gymnastic stunts
such as flips, rolls, and springs. He can easily match or
top any Olympic record at gymnastics apparatus (such as
flying rings, climbing ropes, horizontal bars, trampolines).
Further, his manual and pedal dexterity is so great that
he can write using both hands at once or tie knots in rope
with his toes.
The Beast is quite fast, able to run on all four at approximately
40 miles per hour for short sprints. His stamina is approximately
triple that of a well-trained athlete in his prime. His
physiology is durable enough to permit him to take a three-story
fall without a broken bone or stain (providing he lands
on his feet).
At the time of his further mutation into his present furry
form, his metabolism underwent a period of accelerated change.
As a side effect, he was able to metabolize and recover
from penetration wound to his body within a matter of hours.
Since then, his body's metabolism has stabilized and he
no longer has quite such a rapid recovery rate. He is still
able to recover from a wound at about twice the normal human