When a new Marvel character appears, they’ve quickly got to establish their rep…by fighting an established hero! As a young lad, I had devoured all the early adventures of the X-Men and loved Hank McCoy. Imagine my surprise in 1972 when I saw Hank looking like a grey monkey in Amazing Adventures #12!
One Avenger: Dead on Arrival! It looked like the newly mutated Beast had severely beaten down Iron Man on this cover, perfectly executed by Gil Kane. Had Hank McCoy turned into a villain? The blurb was right, I couldn't afford to miss it.
Naturally, it was all a big misunderstanding, and Hank became a hero—and blue—after a few issues. Nuff said.