EARTH-8320 (EARTH-THE BEAST HAD TRULY BECOME A BEAST)
Type: Divergent Earth
Usual means of access: Presumably vibrational attunement
Dominant Life Form: Humans, mutants
Significant Inhabitants: Beast, Ka-Zar, the X-Men (Angel, Cyclops, Iceman, Marvel Girl, Professor X), Zabu
First Appearance: What If? I#37 (February, 1983)
History: (What If? I#37/2) - After the Beast had isolated the catalyst for mutation into a hormal extract, industrial spies attacked him and he drank the extract himself. Unfortunately, the catalyst was too well concentrated and Hank McCoy transformed into a literal Beast. As he escaped into the night looking for meat, Professor X of the X-Men telepathically contacted Beast, asking if he was ok. McCoy savagely announced that he was not Xavier's X-Man and denounced his help, separating him from his friends. Xavier soon deduced that McCoy had become a Beast not only physically, but mentally as well, and sent his X-Men out to retrieve Hank before he could harm someone. As Angel flew ahead, the Beast attacked him by hurling rocks at him from Central Park. The Beast eventually managed to down the Angel but before he could hurt him, Marvel Girl scared the Beast away with a telepathic scream. Cyclops and Marvel Girl then followed the Beast into the city where Hank hurled a piece of stone debris at them which Cyclops incinerated, not realizing that a piece of it had knocked Marvel Girl out. The Beast then prepared to take Marvel Girl as his own meal until Xavier arrived and calmed the Beast down. With his last human words, the Beast begged Xavier not to let him become an animal. The X-Men soon decided that the Beast had to be confined for the safety of himself and others so they opted to send Hank to the Savage Land where the Beast joined Ka-Zar and Zabu as a hunter.
Comments: Created by Alan Weiss and Jim Sherman.
This reality's divergent point occurred during the events seen in Amazing Adventures II#11 (March, 1972).
Profile by Proto-Man.
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Henry McCoy was a brilliant scientist and former X-Man who had discovered the catalyst for mutation and isolated it into a hormonal extract. Unfortunately, his extract was too concentrated and it mutated him physically and mentally into a literal Beast. He soon became savage and animalistic in nature, prompting his former teammates in the X-Men to track him down. As he was about to kill Marvel Girl, Professor X calmed him down and took him back to their mansion where the X-Men decided what to do with him. For his own safety, the X-Men sent the Beast to the Savage Land where the Beast could live like an animal with Ka-Zar and Zabu as a hunter.
The Beast had superhuman strength, durability, and agility, like his Earth-616 counterpart.
--What If? I#37/2
Ka-Zar and Zabu
Ka-Zar and Zabu were exactly the same as their Earth-616 counterparts up until the Beast was left in the Savage Land. Beast soon became their hunting partner and despite his savagry, the Beast was content to live out his days there.
The X-Men were mutant superheroes, just like their Earth-616 counterparts. After the Beast left their ranks and accidentally mutated himself into a literal beast, the X-Men took it upon themselves to track down their former comrade. The Beast quickly downed the Angel and when he hurled a stone pillar at Cyclops and Marvel Girl, Cyclops incinerated it, not realizing that a piece had hit Marvel Girl and knocked her out. As the Beast prepared to kill Marvel Girl, Professor X arrived and calmed him down. The X-Men then took the Beast back to their mansion where they decided to send Beast to the Savage Land for his own good.
They were (clockwise from top): Angel, Cyclops, Professor X, and Marvel Girl. Not pictured was Iceman, who was out of town throughout the entire story but was mentioned as being a member of the X-Men.
Each of them had the same powers as their Earth-616 counterparts: Angel had feathery wings, Cyclops had optic energy beams, Professor X had telepathy, and Marvel Girl had both telepathy and telekinesis.
--What If? I#37/2
images: (not counting ads)
What If? I#37, p16, splash page (Beast transforming, main pic)
p18, pan5 (Beast)
p20, pan3 (X-Men)
p27, pan3 (Ka-Zar & Zabu)
What If? I#37 (February, 1983) - "What If..the Beast Had Truly Become a Beast?" story - Alan Weiss (scripter/penciler), Jim Sherman (inker)
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Last Updated: 08/16/04
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