Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Ki-Ki-KiuuuEEEEEEEE! Wednesday!

Even if you don't like jungle comics, and I confess I do not, B'wana Beast has some odd appeal to it.

Perhaps it's the purple gorilla:

They try and say it's a red gorilla, but that is magenta at best.

But whatever the color, gorillas are awesome. The Cry for Justice miniseries was worth it just for the reboot of Congorilla alone.

Do you know what's even better?

A magenta gorilla who acts as your butler. Rock on, B'wana Beast!

Yes, he made silly noises that looked even sillier when reduced to text:

And he made those noises a lot, so you might as well get comfortable with it:

And he tended to look ridiculous. Although I don't know who would look cool riding a rhinoceros:

But then, there's a mechanical dinosaur, so you know the story will be somewhat worth reading:

I'm not sure why animals took orders from him, but they did:

I think what Tembo is saying there is, "Smack me again while I'm doing you a favor and see what happens."

Anyway, B'wana Beast had this weird power to combine two animals into one abomination of nature. All in all, he never really caught on, but was a favorite of DC writers to try and work into something. He even appeared in the awesome Batman: The Brave and the Bold program on Cartoon Network.

B'wana Beast - Tyrant of the Animal Kingdom, and Ladies Man:

That's right, lady and voyeur monkey. I'm a beast. A sexay beast!

From Showcase v1 #66-67. See you tomorrow!


Britt Reid said...

He first appeared in the equally-awesome Justice League Unlimited, although he didn't have the animal-merging power he used in the comic and B:tB&tB!

Johnny said...

So does roasting his nuts on an open fire give him these amazing abilities?
And is that monkey breaking the 4th wall to show the readers that he might be privvy to some 'Beast...Beast' action?

The Mad Tinkerer said...

Bwana Beast was at his best as an antagonist to Animal Man in a particularly good story-arc. But even then his power struck me as a bit goofy for a super-hero.

Lazarus Lupin said...

The only way they could have made it better is if they had merged the concept with "They call me Bwana" and have him spout off Bob Hopism... maybe even add the nose.
You can never go to far, until you do!

Lazarus Lupin
art and review

Unca Jeffy said...

Hmmmph! I'VE ALWAYS looked cook riding MY rhinoceros!