The 10 Best Beast Costumes In The Comics, Ranked

Between superteams, acrobatics and a slow descent into evil, the story of Hank McCoy, alias the Beast, is one of transformation. A mutant scientist whose experiments only led to more mutations, Hank McCoy grew gray fur and fangs into writer Gerry Conway and cartoonist Tom Sutton. Incredible Adventures Volume 2 #11.

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While his first transformation was probably Beast’s most drastic, his appearance has since evolved. Whether due to alternate dimensions, inspired creators, or his own machinations, Hank McCoy has sported a variety of transformations in his time as the Bouncing Blue Beast.

ten Secondary Beast Mutation Accessorizes

Although Beast enjoys a variety of looks, he also has a strong tendency to accessorize. Whether it’s glasses, lab coats or backpacks, Hank McCoy may be a man of science, but he specialized in tactics.

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While not enough to be considered a true “costume change”, Beast’s clothing habits hint at his character and his story. A monkey-jawed blue figure in a lab coat is a striking image that instantly tells the reader that there is more to them than meets the eye. His fashion habits are a visual shorthand for his genius, but also the comfort he feels in his ever-changing physical form.

9 Earth Beast-13729 was born to be wild

Like all X mutants, Hank McCoy has his fair share of multiversal counterparts, including those he’s met. One such example is Earth Beast-13729, whose stern gaze reveals its battle-torn dimension. This version of the Beast has joined the Brotherhood, and Hank’s feral psyche is apparent in his wilder appearance.

Following a series of disasters that befell his version of the X-Men, this beast slowly lost his mind. Sporting horns, a tail, and a generally shaggy coat, Earth-13729’s Hank McCoy conjures up “monster” rather than “mad scientist.” Although not in many comics, the beast of Earth-13729 is wildly fantastic nonetheless.

8 The New X-Men Beast Is A Refined Redesign

Beast’s appearance often signals the direction his title is taking with his characterization. So when a broad-shouldered, bizarre, bespectacled beast began to grace the pages of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s New X-Menfans knew change was coming.

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Like the book’s weird and conceptual new direction, this Beast revamp took something old and extrapolated it into something logical yet different. This new Beast featured a huge snout, which drew more attention to its bestial side, but its glasses and tendency to wear more clothes also drew readers’ attention to its erudite and human side. Dividing yet iconic, Quitely’s Beast emphasized the dual nature of Beast like few other designs.

seven Gorilla Beast is wise and woolly

The beast may change its outfit often, but its own body is just as likely to change. After his first transformation into a Furry Beast and his secondary mutation into a more feline form, Beast’s next major change came after he accelerated his mutation, resulting in a more simian body type.

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The beast’s head has become rounded and its lower fangs are more prominent, giving it a somewhat sinister appearance. As current fans watch Beast grow ever closer to his evil Age of Apocalypse counterpart, his physical appearance has mimicked his descent into villainy.

6 X-Factor Beast evolved from the original

When the original five X-Men banded together as an independent superhero group, the editorial mandate was the number one driving force. As writer Louise Simonson spun gold from straw, she and her husband/artist Walt Simonson rendered a beast in a more human form, closer to its Silver Age appearance.

Each of the members of the Original Five had a costume that evoked their past but also showed their continued independence as heroes. Beast’s costume was taken from his original, and it was expertly drawn by Neal Adams using blue and red as the primary colors against a body-sized X.

5 Beast’s original transformation set the stage for the future

When Hank McCoy first turned into a capital “beast,” the X-Men weren’t considered a viable property. Main magazine ran reprints of earlier Silver Age stories, while stalwarts like Cyclops and Jean Gray were relegated to guest appearances, meaning the Beast’s headliner Incredible Adventures was a last chance for success for the comic.

The bet paid off in spades. The Roy Thomas-assisted redesign of Sutton revived the character, literalizing his name and providing a more dramatic demonstration of the mutation. Although the gray didn’t last long, Beast’s first transformation was indicative of the X-Men’s future.

4 Dark Beast is a dark mirror

The Age of Apocalypse saw the Marvel Universe completely rewritten, the usual superhero paradigm overturned by the dark domination of extreme Darwinist apocalypse. In this new timeline, Hank McCoy was never discovered by Professor X and instead worked as a twisted scientist in Mister Sinister’s mutant slave pits.

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Dark Beast’s look was an instant hit, repurposing classic gray fur as a way to show off a less moral experimenter. This beast also looks more traditionally monstrous, showcasing its unkempt hair, saber-tooth claws, and toothy smile. Diabolic rather than delicious, Earth-295’s Hank McCoy set the standard for a beast gone wrong.

3 The amazing beast is heroically bestial

Writer Joss Whedon and artist John Cassaday’s Amazing X-Men is one of the team’s definitive eras, shrinking the X-Men into their most superheroic forms. A series that followed Morrison/Quitely’s mind-blowing run, story arcs, antagonists, and art style explored what made the X-Men fun while maintaining a thoughtful edge.

The Beast costume from this era blends the ideas of action and weirdness, giving the fan-favorite furball a pair of high-waisted yellow and black pants emblazoned with an X. Beast’s furry blue torso offered a stark contrast to his unique attire, toning down his erudite quirkiness and reminiscent of his more classic, less formal Avengers/X-Men attire.

2 Her first costume defined her Silver Age identity

Beast’s original costume first appeared in the monument X-Men #1, written by Stan Lee and drawn by Jack Kirby. Part of a matching set with other X-Men Cyclops, Iceman, Marvel Girl, and Angel, Beast’s costume differed slightly from the others in its lack of gloves and buccaneer boots.

Beast’s original costume, while not flashy, is an excellent execution of a classic Kirby design. Simple yet iconic, this costume shows off Beast as part of a team while emphasizing his unique acrobatic abilities. Although a far cry from his late mutations, Beast’s original costume remains one of his signature looks.

1 Blue Beast is the real McCoy

After his transformation from a big-handed human to a furry mutant, Beast found new fame as a key part of the Avengers and Defenders. It was in the pages of these comics that Beast acquired his most iconic look and truly became the bouncy blue Beast.

The look has appeared in adaptations like X-Men: The Animated Series, where Beast’s underoos, Wolverine-style hair, and bright blue volume made him a visually striking member of the team he joined. Although the change from gray to blue originally started with a coloring mistake, it gave one of the X-Men’s most important heroes his most famous look.

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