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X-Factor 'Brainless' Beast sketch by NMRosario X-Factor 'Brainless' Beast sketch by NMRosario
Way back in X-Factor #19 (from 1987) Beast was infected by Pestilence, one of Apocalypse's Horsemen.  So he would get stronger every time he used his strength, but would also lose more and more of his intelligence (which is a classic "comic-booky" plot device).  By the time "Fall of the Mutants" wrapped up and Hank started wearing his brown and yellow costume, he was incredibly strong (although they never really established how strong) but had the intellect of a child.  In fact, he had lost so much of his intelligence that he was starting to become an obstacle and an annoyance to his own teammates.  In the end, he was kissed by Infectia and mutated again, which was really just an excuse to revert him to his blue and furry form and restore his intellect.  I wasn't really a big fan of that change at the time, but I eventually learned to accept it.

Interestingly enough, this was actually about the time that I first started reading the X-books, so I was introduced to Hank in this state and it took a few years for me to really accept him as a super-intelligent character.  In some ways, the "brainless" Beast is still the original version of the character for me.

Anyways, in this drawing I was really mostly focused on his face and I wanted to convey a sense of confusion and vulnerability.  The idea is that his teammates are talking about him (that's supposed to be one of their shadows on the wall) and Hank is sitting on the ground listening but not really comprehending everything that they're saying.  I also wanted to suggest a definite massing in his body with all the increased strength.  It's still just a rough concept and could probably use a lot more refinement; but I haven't uploaded anything new in a while so I thought I should put it up.

This is still one of my favorite costume designs for Beast, even though this look only lasted for about 6 issues.  But I pretty much love everything that Walt Simonson was doing in those days.
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musclemutt Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Muscling Through by JL Merrow portrays a musclehead perceived as limited in brains, who bemuses his lover constantly with the wisdom arising from his kindness and honesty. 

It's the only romance novel I remember reading, aside from my first porno book at 12. From now on he will look like this in my mind.

Think I need to change my signature line to Come for Beast and Stay for Stump.
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CassandraCanadyArt Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
I just LOVE how your draw faces. :heart::heart:
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ogrebear Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I re-read the orginal X-Factor books recently and they do stand out from the rest of the books of the period for some quite deep character arcs- Warren and Hank's particularly.

While it was fun to see Human Hank again (esp in that uniform) I was glad when he went blue and furry again just so the ordeal was over. Almost a shame it was not grey and furry...

Fantastic art as always.
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NMRosario Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember when they mutated Hank back to his blue, furry form in X-Factor #33 and I was NOT happy with that at all when it happened.  That was about 1988 or 1989 and I sort of gave up on the book for over a year after that.  I didn't pick it up again until Whilce Portacio took over the art in 1990.  By then I had mostly gotten over my dislike for the blue, furry Beast and I kind of liked the way Portacio drew Hank in those issues.  

In fact, Portacio's run on X-Factor are some of the best comic book collecting memories that I have and that's saying a lot considering that I was going through Army Basic Training when a few of those issues came out.  It's just too bad that Jim Lee's X-Men #1 had to come out in 1991 and ruin almost everything about the X-Men universe.
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dynakor Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Love this!
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LannaD Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a heartbreaker that one was:(. Beautifully rendered, though:clap:.
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NMRosario Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It took me a few years to really appreciate the tragic nature of that storyline; but, after rereading those issues, I'm surprised by how callous and uncaring the rest of Hank's team seemed to be about his ordeal.  Bobby was the only one who even considered trying to find some way to help Hank.  Scott and Jean were so wrapped up in their own problems, that they didn't seem to care at all.  Hank would make some comment about how he was worthless and would be better off dead, but everyone would just ignore him and talk about the task at hand.  The way his teammates treated him was really horrible actually.

Anyways, thanks! :)
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LannaD Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not to mention the fact that trish appeared around that time, and got her hooks into Hank. As for Scott and Jean, they were in an editorial mess, but that was still not a good excuse. Kudos to Bobby for being a friend in need, though even he didn't find the time to do anything.

Thank YOU for making my day:).
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NMRosario Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Never was much of a fan of Trish as Hank's girlfriend.  I couldn't really understand why Vera just sort of dropped off the face of the planet, even though they did sort of ruin her character in those early X-Factor days.  Of course, now I'm hoping that they really explore Hank and Jean Grey's potential relationship in All-New X-Men. 
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LannaD Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In my eyes, that's an understatement. Vera was quite cool, her and Hank might have even been happy together, so the editors couldn't have that. Yeah, it's one of the few retcons I actually like, unlike whichever universe Jean was a chronic cheater in, and one of her conquests was Hank himself.
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jasereraser Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
He's beautiful.
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NMRosario Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!  I tried infusing a sense of childlike innocence into his expression and I think it creates a nice contrast to his massive body.  
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TheStrongGladiator Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Beautiful giant!!! X-Factor go ahead!
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NMRosario Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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jackcrowder Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome sketch.

The X-Factor suits really were fantastic branding.

My favorite Cyclops costume still remains that look.
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NMRosario Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree, I think Walt Simonson was easily one of the best designers in comic books in the 1980s.  Just look at Archangel from those early X-Factor days and you really see Simonson pushing the idea of superhero costume design to the next level.

Anyways, thank you!
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jackcrowder Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Innovators are rare in that industry. His time with the character did just that.
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