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Pro-Wrestler Beast by NMRosario Pro-Wrestler Beast by NMRosario
"One week later, a new wrestling personality explodes on the T.V. screens throughout the nation! Corny and colorful, he soon becomes a top-draw wrestling villain, playing the heavy under the logical name of... The Beast!" (excerpt from X-Men #8, originally published in November 1964)

For those who don't know the story: Shortly after Professor X names Cyclops deputy leader of the X-Men and Xavier leaves to take care of some personal business, Hank and Bobby are attacked by a crazed mob as Hank disregards his secret identity to save the life of a little boy stuck atop a water tower. Angry at having to run for his life as payback for his selfless act, Hank decides that he has had enough with trying to save humanity. So he quits the X-Men and pursues a career as a pro-wrestler, where he can get rich off of his mutant powers without arousing suspicion.

The short paragraph from X-Men #8 describes Hank's entire wrestling career before it came to an abrupt end as the Beast faced off with Unus the Untouchable inside the wrestling ring. However, I've always been interested in exactly what went on during that time (I'm sure it was longer than a week, since the big, national wrestling events aren't scheduled that frequently), especially since he is described as a "wrestling villain" and the crowd loved to hate him.

So this was just an idea of what a 1960s promotional photo of Hank as a pro-wrestler might look like.
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Hognatius Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Aces!
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Indighost-Ent Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Really really amazing work!
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Darkviper016129 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
Your work is always amazing~
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FireArtist3601 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
:) awesomeness
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dynakor Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh Yeah! This is AWESOME!
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coinoperatedbear Featured By Owner May 17, 2012   Digital Artist
Beast has always been my favorite X-man, I need to find that story :)
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MagusJoseph Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
More of this please!!!
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ogrebear Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
I'd watch that!
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Boscodarkego Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
I like this- the great use of lighting and the simple typography of " the Beast" is great...the composistion of this graphic is very well done.
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iamfergie Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, your interpretation of Beast's appearance BEFORE his second mutation is pretty much perfect. This is how he should've looked in "First Class". The guy had Hank's personality down fairly well, but he was way too skinny. This, on the other hand, is exactly how he should look.

Although with that face, I don't know how he could ever be thought of a "wrestling villain". Even as intimidatingly huge as he is, he just looks so NICE. :D
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NMRosario Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree that Nicolas Hoult did a good job as Hank in First Class, but he was still all wrong for the part physically. Although it does seem that the movie didn't really do that well at the box office, so I'm hoping that the franchise will go to another studio and get rebooted to something more consistent with the actual comic book.

Thank you!
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iamfergie Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're most welcome!

And yeah, I would love for someone BESIDES Fox to take a shot at making a film more faithful to the comics. I enjoyed "First Class", but the timeline was royally screwed up. What was the point of Havok being in the movie, anyway? Shouldn't he have been, you know... not born yet? :?

Oh, well. Marvel's not exactly infallible, either. I mean, they DID turn Hank into a cat. :XD:
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cpdbear Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
Looks like a real old time wrestler in this drawing, though he is slightly larger
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NMRosario Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I actually used a photo of Bruno Sammartino for the pose. I wanted to keep the 1960s feel to the entire drawing, so his musculature is a bit "softer" than some of the more modern wrestlers. I figured Hank might have packed on about 20-30 pounds after leaving the X-Men and just before his big TV debut.
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asmode Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
loving those big strong hands, and arms, and chest, and...you get the idea :)
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amazonduchess Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
I would have liked to see hank as a wrestling villain. Evil but not as bad as dark beast.

Beautiful picture by the way
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NMRosario Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The "heavy" in a sports context is usually someone who isn't necessarily evil, but the crowd loves to root against. Frequently the dark, sadistic, evil types in pro-wrestling develop pretty strong fan followings. So, from my experiences in watching sports, I've noticed that the one character type that fans seem to unanimously root against is the arrogant and cocky athletes. The only thing worse than a guy who thinks he is superior to everyone else is a guy who continually proves that he is superior to everyone else while declaring that he is superior to everyone else. So I would imagine that Beast's "villain" status wouldn't necessarily come from the notion that he was evil, but from the fact that he just acted like a cocky, arrogant jerk all the time.

However, yes, the Dark Beast does come out of Hank McCoy in the AOA universe, so you would have to imagine the the potential for that extreme level of evil exists within the regular Marvel universe as well. Intelligence isn't a guarantee of a good heart and I've always believed that someone who has a great potential for good will also have an equally great potential for evil as well. Maybe Hank's brashness in those early issues was a hint of the extremes of what Hank could have become if Professor X hadn't found him when he did.

Anyways, thanks!
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ultimate-dam Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
amazing work, nice hands, body lines and colors!
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NMRosario Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! B-)
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simplicitycomplex Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
.... Heheh I definetly prefer him when he's all "good guy" and always doing the right thing haha.... but this dark side is kinda hot too
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NMRosario Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, it definitely adds a different dimension to the character and not only makes him more interesting, but more realistic as well. Thanks!
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simplicitycomplex Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
yeah... his eyes almost seem reluctant...
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XMutant Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
If only he looked this awesome in X-Men - First Class the movie. For what it was I like their monkey hand Beast though, even though he was a scrawny creature in human form.
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JayRBayongan Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
+1
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JayRBayongan Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
idk how good or bad Matt Hughes is as an actor, but he sure would've been physically perfect for Hank's role if he were to look like this. looks just like him.
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NMRosario Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought they did pretty good with Hank's personality in the First Class movie - good natured with little hints of darkness; but the physicality of the actor was all wrong. It wasn't so bad that it felt like a slap in the face for someone like myself, who's been a Beast fan for over 20 years, but it wasn't the ideal depiction of the character either. I still enjoyed the movie for what it was, but I hope that they eventually reboot the franchise and ignore the previous 5 films.

Anyways, thank you! B-)
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beardrooler Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
super nice!
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NMRosario Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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beardrooler Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Im a fan of yours!
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TheSilverParadox Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work, I like what you did on his eyes on this one, makes him look evil.
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NMRosario Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I was going for that "pleasantly ugly" look to Hank. Which was how his human form was described in the Amazing Adventures comic just after he turned grey and furry. Which I've always taken to mean that, while Hank is not the "Hollywood ideal" for a male face, he's definitely not unappealing or unattractive looking either.
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