Friday, May 29, 2009

Marvels of Gil Kane: The Beast Kills Iron Man!

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!

Amazing Adventures 12 by Gil Kane

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.

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