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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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