He was born in Dunphee, Illinois. Edna and Norton McCoy are his parents. Hank McCoy’s father was exposed to radiation during a meltdown when working at the nuclear power plant. Because of this, it seems to be the reason why Hank was born with unusually large feet and hands and a high I.Q. He had a huge curiosity since childhood, disassembling anything he could so he could understand the function of everything and to create a hypothesis. Because of his irregular proportions, his schoolmates teased him and gave him the nickname of "Magilla Gorilla" and "Beast". Hank only started to come out of his shell when he started tutoring Jennifer Nyles. She started to see the real Hank McCoy, and on the night of the prom she turned up at his place with a rented tuxedo and told him she was taking him to the prom. When some people started to tease them, Jennifer knocked out the leader of the taunters with one punch.
After that Hank and Jennifer were inseparable, and in love with each other, but still not going out. During Hank's teen years, his mutant abilities started to show themselves and allowed him to excel in sports and academics in school. Hank ended up joining the football team after the coach asked him to kick a football and he kicked the skin off it. However, this caused jealousy amongst his classmates.
Sadly, Hank and Jennifer went their separate ways after awhile; she traveled to London to study genetics while Hank stayed in the United States. One day, three masked men robbed the stadium and tried to escape across it. Luckily, Hank was nearby and he managed to knock out all three men. This made it to the news. The villain known only as the Conquistador decided that he could use Hank as a weapon after seeing this report. The Conquistador successfully managed to kidnap Hank and his parents, and told him that he would release them if he stole an experimental nuclear device for him.
When Hank returned, the Conquistador revealed that he would actually keep Hank's parents prisoners indefinitely, until Hank was of no more use to him. Hank tried to escape and was almost killed if it wasn't for Professor Charles Xavier, Cyclops, Iceman and Angel saving Hank, before offering a spot for him in Xavier's school (Xavier Institute for Higher Learning). The school was a haven for mutants and also the headquarters of the mutant team, the X-Men. Hank took advantage of the offer, mainly in order to further his academic intelligence and ended up completing his doctorate in biophysics at Xavier's. There, he received the codename "Beast."
Beast was created by the team of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby for the first X-Men book in 1963.
For The Beast I wanted a figurine that would reflect him in his pre-blue fur look correctly. A lot of art in the early days had him crouching, not stood up straight. I went for The DC Blackest Night figurine Hawk, which suited the pose I wanted.
To prepare this figurine I had to remove the wing-type-things from his shoulders, and then re-base him on to a Marvel base.
The Hawk figurine is quite slim, so I needed to bulk him out to look more like The Beast's build. To do this I had to build every muscle up, using Milliput, placed on every individual muscle, and then moulded to shape. Once the the shape was correct, I then needed to add his oversized feet, followed by a belt, and finished off with the buckle.
For the paint I used Blood Red, and Midnight Blue for the costume, with Sunburst Yellow for the belt, and Elf Flesh for his skin colour. Shading on the red was achieved by using Blue Ink, and Red Gore, no shading needed on the Midnight Blue, Dwarf Flesh on the skin, and Vermin Brown, and Golden Yellow on the belt.
Basic paint stages in creating The Beast
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*Thank you to Comic Vine for the origin information on The Beast.