Real Name: Inapplicable

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial fauna (animal)

Occupation: Inapplicable

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Unidentified king, unidentified princess

Enemies: Lorenzo, Maximus, unidentified warrior

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: The Isle of Perilica on an unidentified planet in an unidentified star system, in an unidentified galay

First Appearance: Tales to Astonish I#56/2 (June, 1964)

Powers/Abilities: The Bog Beast, an alien beast, likely weighed tons (see comments) and possessed vast strength (able to resist a tree trunk being broken over his back) and thick armored skin (able to resist crossbow bolts) that could heat up enough to burn a net placed over him. The Bog Beast had a mind that could be trained to love a human, as when he was subjected to the perfume of a princess as well as her portrait. The Bog Beast is smart enough to not cross a bridge that can't support his weight.

Height: Unrevealed (see comments)
Weight: Unrevealed (see comments)
Eyes: Black
Hair: None

(Tales to Astonish I#56/2) - On a planet a zillion miles from Earth, a beautiful princess had fallen in love with the lazy peasant Lorenzo. The king (brother of the princess) commanded Lorenzo away then ordered all who wanted to win the hand of the princess to face off against the deadly wild Bog Beast, an animal that had been subjected to a portrait of the princess and the smell of her perfume for months until he grew to love her and would fight off any man who approached her. Kept on the small Isle of Perilica which could only be reached by a bridge, one that would collapse if the Bog Beast stepped on it, the Bog Beast watched dozens of suitors give up on the princess as they were afraid of the Bog Beast. The muscular Maximus was the first to cross the bridge, but the Bog Beast easily overcame the man's strength, even when Maximus hit him with a tree trunk, and Maximus fled. A great warrior tried fighting the Bog Beast next, but the Bog Beast's skin was too thick to be harmed by crossbow bolts, and he heated his skin up to burn through a net tossed at him by the warrior. Finally, Lorenzo simply called the princess over to his side of the bridge, and the Bog Beast dared not follow. The Princess and Lorenzo later married.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Paul Reinman.

    This was a story told to Giant-Man by the Wasp as part of the "Tales of the Wasp" feature in Tales to Astonish.

    His size and weight are impossible to determine because we know nothing of this world. The people could be comparable to humans in size, but there is also the possibility that they are far smaller than humans or far taller.
--Markus Raymond
    The Bog Beast seems similar in appearance to a terrestrial pachyderm, like a hippopotamus or rhinosceros. If the natives are of human size and the creature's density to be comparable to a terrestrial pachyderm (a LOT of assumption), the Bog Beast looks to be about 25-50% of the size of a rhinosceros, with would make it perhaps 1.88-2.65 meters (88.5-103") at the shoulder and 4.38-5.85 meters (13.75-19.5 feet) long. That wold correlate with a weight of 1062-2400 kg (2338-5295 lbs.)

    "Zillion" is not a real number, but just means an extremely large number. A light year is 5.88 trillion miles, the Milky Way galaxy is 100,000 light years in diameter, and the Earth is halfway between the center and the edge of the galaxy. So, within the Millky Way galaxy could be as far as 75,000 light years (4.35 quintillion miles; I think, it's hard to keep up with that many zeroes). That's close enough to a zillion, I think, so we don't know if it's in the Milky Way galaxy or even farther away.

    This profile was completed 4/22/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Chadman.

The Bog Beast has no known connections to:

Unidentified king

(Tales to Astonish I#56/2) - On a planet a zillion miles from Earth, a king was disgusted when his sister, the princess, wanted to marry the lazy peasant Lorenzo. The king had the mighty Bog Beast prepared to love the princess by exposing the beast to the princess' portrait and perfume. Maximus and another unidentified warrior tried winning the princess' hand, but failed and ultimately Lorenzo still won the hand of the princess.

--Tales to Astonish I#56/2

Maximus and the unidentified warrior

(Tales to Astonish I#56/2) - On a planet a zillion miles from Earth, the king announced a competition that whoever could defeat the mighty Bog Beast would receive the princess' hand in marriage. The powerful Maximus found the creature stronger than him, then retreated after he broke a tree over the Bog Beast's back and the animal was unharmed. An unidentified warrior tried a crossbow, but the bolts couldn't penetrate the Bog Beast's skin, then he threw a net over the Bog Beast, who burned through the net. Later, Lorenzo won the hand of the princess.

--Tales to Astonish I#56/2

Lorenzo and the unidentified princess

(Tales to Astonish I#56/2) - On a planet a zillion miles from Earth, the princess fell in love with the lazy peasant Lorenzo. The king was furious and proclaimed that whoever could defeat the mighty Bog Beast would win the hand of the princess. After Maximus and an unidentified warrior failed, Lorenzo won the challenge simply by inviting the princess to cross a bridge, one where the Bog Beast couldn't follow. Lorenzo and the princess then married.

--Tales to Astonish I#56/2

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Tales to Astonish I#56, p21, pan4 (Bog Beast, main)
Tales to Astonish I#56, p20, pan6 (Bog Beast, face)
Tales to Astonish I#56, p22, pan1 (smoldering)
Tales to Astonish I#56, p20, pan2 (unidentified king)
Tales to Astonish I#56, p21, pan2 (Maximus and the unidentified warrior)
Tales to Astonish I#56, p20, pan1 (unidentified princess and Lorenzo)

Tales to Astonish I#56/2 (June, 1964) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Larry Lieber (writer/penciler), Paul Reinman (inker)

First Posted: 09/08/2021
Last updated: 09/06/2021

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