The Beast has always been one of my favorite Mutants. I first was introduced to the charecter in the Defenders, where he first showed up in issue #104 and continued with the team until the end of the series. From that point The Beast continued to influence my comic reading. I followed him into what ever comics he appeared in. From the forming of X-Factor and into crossovers with the Uncanny X-Men.
The Beast is sitting on my desk in two different versions. The Large version comes from a toy line from a few years back called Spiderman and Friends. The line started up at about the same time as the Marvel Superhero Squad and survived for a number of waves but ultimatly lost out to the smaller cheaper line.
The Second Beast that is on my desk comes from the Marvel Superhero Squad line. The Beast has appeared many times in this toyline, but sadly this is the only version in my desk clutter so far. I have a couple other Beast toys in my work area in the basement, but not enough in my opinion.
While I was writing this, I did an ebay search to track down the name of the toyline that the Large Beast came from. While doing this I found out just how many other cool Beast toys are out there, and all I can say is that I am really lucky that I am broke right now. Otherwise there would be one heck of a Beast buying frenzy…
That reminds me, I should check my ticket and see if I won the lottery.
So lets start the month of the X-Men out this way…
This has always been one of my favorite comic covers.
4 piece sketch card set I did for fun on a plane trip to keep my mind off the fact that I was in the air…
recreation of the Jim Lee gate-fold cover of X-MEN #1
I will admit when this comic came out I was at the top of my Fanboyness and I bought all five covers! (Three of the gate-fold version)
I had comics as a kid… Actually working on a post about the origanal stack that I got from my father, but that one is for another time.
The Comic that really hooked me and made me into a collector though was Defenders #100.
One of the times my older Step-Brother shipped out overseas in the Army he left behind a bunch of his comics for me. Most of them disappeared over the years. Defenders 100 somehow managed to stick around. One summer after before my Junior year of High School I came across it sitting on a shelf in our basement…
I ended up sitting down and reading it, that was it I was hooked. Shortly after I tracked down some local comic shops and was digging in the bins searching for more issues of The Defenders!
The Defenders was the first comic that I managed to collect the full run of. Love that book plain and simple. It was a classic. They have tried to reboot it a number of times since then, but none live up to the original.
Anyway… A number of years ago (2010) I did a set of sketch cards of the Core members that showed up in the book. I think The Iceman and Silver Surfer card came off pretty poor, but I really dug how the rest turned out.
Starting from the top Row Left to Right:
Doctor Strange,Devil Slayer,NamorStarting from the top Row Left to Right:
Red Guardian, Power Man, Silver Surfer
Angel, Clea, Hawkeye
Beast, IceMan, MoonDragon