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Monday, December 13, 2010

Primates

If Beast had been a member of the Defenders during their skirmishes with the Headmen, he most certainly would have exchanged barbs with Gorilla-Man.

While the face of Arthur Nagan (Gorilla-Man) looked nothing like Henry McCoy (Beast), from the neck down Gorilla-Man bore a striking resemblance to Beast, after further mutation added fur to the hero's already ape-like anatomy (Amazing Adventures #11).
The above portrait of Gorilla-Man first appeared in The Official Guide of the Marvel Universe. Beast's profile image from that edition appears with the post titled Beast: The Intellectual Unconventional.
Amazing Adventures. Vol. 2. No. 11. March 1972. "The Beast!" Stan Lee (editor), Gerry Conway (scripter), Tom Sutton (artist), Syd Shores (inker), Sam Rosen (letterer).

2 comments:

pblfsda said...

I'm happy to see you back lately, and the Gerber period is my favorite for the Defenders. Here's a tip from a fellow fan: the Headmen, like a handful of mid-70's Marvel characters, actually come from the pre-FF horror/suspense/monster titles. For a short-cut, look for WEIRD WONDER TALES #7 (12/74), which reprints the original appearances of Nagan, Morgan and Chondu (Ruby was a Gerber original).

james said...

True story. I bought that issue of Weird Wonder Tales #7 on sale for $3.20 this afternoon. I'll post about it in the near future!

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