Real Name: Pierre Dentifris
Identity/Class: Human (canadian), exo-skeleton wearer
Occupation: Crackpot; super-patriot; former Hotel and Airline Magnate.
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: An army of beavers; Bellhop
Enemies: All-Night Party (pawns), Howard the Duck, Beverly Switzler, Sgt. Preston Dudley (and his horse, Prince, and his dog, "Elizabeth"), the USA
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Canada's only Super-Patriot
Base of Operations: Canada (by Niagra Falls)
First Appearance: Howard the Duck I#9 (February, 1977)
Powers/Abilities: Dentifris was paralyzed in all of his extremities except his teeth (?). He wore an exo-skeleton ("the most formidable one ever designed by man") to enable him to regain normal motor ability. This enhanced his strength and durability to unknown levels (presumably at least enhanced human). It also presumably enhanced his digging and chewing abilities.
He also used an army of trained beavers, able to chew through solid trees in minutes, able to work together to kidnap human, and who would lose the will to live if he dies.
le Beaver also has a history of involving bellboys in his plots, and using robot planes against his enemies.
History: Pierre Dentifris is a fanatical Canadian patriot. He was once a wealthy and powerful man in Canada. He loved his country and grew sick of the USA, which he saw as invading and polluting his country with industry and (so-called) culture. The source of his exo-skeleton is unknown.
(Howard the Duck I#9 (fb)) - Dentifris turns his resources to a daring plan to teach the USA a lesson. He airlifted a million beavers to construct a dam across Niagra Falls, planning to make it fall ze...I mean, the other way. His pets succeeded, slowing the falls to a trickle, but the US Air Force arrived and dropped bombs on the dam, blowing it apart. As a result of this, Dentifris aged nearly 73 years in a few months and was almost completely paralyzed.
(Howard the Duck I#7 - BTS) - Dentifris decided to have a perfectly honest candidate run for president of the United States, and then ruin him in the public eye. He hoped that this defeat would lay bare the rottenness of the USA's political process and engineer the Dispirit of '76. Then he and his pet Beavers would invade the USA, be welcomed as heroes, redeem his country, and ultimately to allow Canada to annex the USA.
To this end, he manipulated the All-Night Party to nominate Howard the Duck.
(Howard the Duck I#8 - BTS) - Dentifris sends the Bellhop to besmirch Howard's name, which he did. Howard lost the election.
(Howard the Duck I#9) - Dentifris has the Bellhop bring Howard and Beverly to Canada in a robot plane, which he crashes just across the Canadian border. When Howard and Beverly survive, he sends the Bellhop to finish them off in person. When this fails, he dons his exo-skeleton and sends his beaver army to abduct Beverly. Howard follows them to Niagra falls, where the Beaver confronts him and explains the reason for his actions. He then challenges Howard to battle him on a tight-rope across the Falls, or else his beavers will chew down the tree in which Beverly has been placed, causing her to drop into the falls. Howard approaches the Beaver, but then turns around and runs away. As Howard jumps off the rope, the recoil upsets the balance of the Beaver, who plunges into the Falls.
Profile by Snood, slightly updated and reformatted by Luis Dantas
Comments: Created by Steve Gerber and Gene Colan.
According to my international expert, Luis Olavo Dantas, Dentifris "is a close approximation (even more so phonetically) to the words for "toothpaste" in several languages. It comes from the latin, I believe."
Even before South Park, the Canadians were a subject of mockery.
To paraphase Monty Python: He's French-Canadian; you can tell by his OUTRAGEOUS ACCENTE'!
Of course he's not dead. He's off plotting with Pro-Rata, the Kidney Lady, and Rev. Joon Moon Yuc somewhere, waiting for Gerber to write Howard again.
The smeer campaign later became oddly true in the Howard the Duck Magazine.
Dentifrice is the word for toothpaste in Canada.
Le Beaver is Le Castor in French. Castor is also the Latin word for Beaver.
Clarifications: The Beaver has no known connections to:
The Bellhop had his own reasons to hate Howard the Duck. His brother, Tommy, was an anti-aircraft gunner in the Viet Nam War. He fired at an overhead enemy Mig, but missed and hit a wild duck instead. The duck fell to the earth, landing on a Vietcong landmine six inches from Tommy's face, killing him. When he learned that a duck, namely Howard, was running for president, he determined to end this somehow.
(Howard the Duck I#7-8) - The Bellhop was contacted by Dentifris, and hired to besmirch Howard's campaign. He did this by cutting and pasting two separate photographs of Howard and Beverly, and making it appear that they were sharing a romantic bubble bath together. This caused much public outrage, and Howard swiftly lost the election.
(Howard the Duck I#9) - Under further instructions from Dentifris, the Bellhop guides Howard and Beverly into a robot plane, and crashes it across the Canadadian border. When they survive, Dentifris suggests more subtle means. To which the Bellhop responds, "I'll be so subtle, he'll barely know he's dead!" Employing subtlety, the Bellhop dresses in an "Uncle Sam" type outfit and attacks Howard and Beverly in their sleep, armed with a hatchet. He is subdued by RCMP Sgt. Preston Dudley's Siberian Husky, Elizabeth. After being captured, he revealed his connections to Dentifris.
Howard the Duck I#7 (December, 1976) - Steve Gerber (writer), Gene Colan (pencils), Steve Leialoha (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Howard the Duck I#8 (January, 1977) - Steve Gerber, David Anthony Kraft & Don McGregor (writers), Gene Colan (pencils), Steve Leialoha (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Howard the Duck I#9 (February, 1977) - Steve Gerber (writer/editor), Gene Colan (pencils), Steve Leialoha (inks)
Last updated: 05/12/12
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