Friday, July 14, 2006

Who's Yer Fav'rit... (7/14)

...version of the Beast?

Original?



Apeman?



Catman?

7 Comments:

Blogger Derek B. Haas said...

Far and away the catman (most especially the Morrison-penned version), but the early Kirby-style is still pretty swell.

7/15/2006 12:13 PM  
Blogger RAB said...

When I was nine years old I practiced holding a pencil with my foot and writing my name, because I'd seen a Werner Roth drawing of the Beast doing that. At the time I identified with Hank McCoy due to his propensity for expressing his cogitations via the percipient deployment of grandiloquent verbiage in a loquacious manner.

Later, when Englehart wrote the character, I wasn't thrilled with the new furry look but I did like how his new personality was presented as a development on the past rather than an arbitrary change for its own sake. As he grew up, got in touch with himself, and became a little more laid back, Hank was still witty but less inclined to hide behind impenetrable jargon. That worked.

To me, the cat look is just boring and derivative. But I bet the character is enjoying new popularity on furry porn sites as a result. I have to wonder if that isn't the reason for the change...

7/15/2006 6:35 PM  
Anonymous stephen cade said...

Apeman--but then that's the way he was for most of the time I was a serious comics reader, and aware of the character.

FOr much of my comic reading hisory X-Men was eiher dormant or in reprints--believe it or not.

7/16/2006 2:43 AM  
Anonymous dasbender said...

When I was first exposed to the X-Men (late 80's) I kept getting confused between which character was Beast (blue ape version), which was Wolverine, and which was Nightcrawler. Beast was just a blue Wolverine (same hair) and a bulky Nightcrawler (same color, teeth, and acrobatics). I think Morrison's cat-man version has given Beast his own distinct look, and has made it visually clear why he's called "Beast". I prefer my Beast as beasty as possible. A blue muscleman with Logan's hairstyle doesn't qualify as a beast in my book.

7/16/2006 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is the "apeman" version called the "apeman" version? Is it tradition? It looks nothing like an ape. It looks like a catman, really.

7/16/2006 7:21 PM  
Anonymous david said...

clearly, the best choice is the blue/ black furball verson from his solo stories in amazing adventures....

for a time he really had a chance at carrying a book... and I still bet he could...

then my 2nd choice is any team up with wonderman...

7/20/2006 9:26 AM  
Anonymous godemperor said...

apeman or the original...the catman looks like he is from disney's beauty and the beast, not fond of it at all

7/22/2006 12:35 PM  

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