Appearing in "Night of the Griffin"
Synopsis for "Night of the Griffin"
While web-slinging through the city in the rain, Spider-Man suddenly sees a man falling out of the sky. In saving him, the two are plunged into the harbor where they are pulled out by the Beast. They learn that the man who they rescued is a scientist who was responsible for turning John Horton into the Griffin, a mutate which Beast battled before. He explains that the Griffin broke out of prison to get revenge on the scientist for turning him into a monster. The Griffin had tracked the scientist down and dropped him from the sky to his death before Spider-Man came to his rescue. However, despite his best efforts the scientist dies in Spider-Man's arms. The Beast and Spider-Man then decide to work together to bring the Griffin into custody.
They are soon attacked by the Griffin, who uses his powers to command seagulls to join in his attack. The battle takes them across the city to the Brooklyn Bridge where the two heroes work together to defeat the Griffin. With the villain knocked unconscious, but at the cost of holding up traffic on the bridge.
When a rich woman complains to the arriving police about how Spider-Man and the Beast made her wait in traffic for 15 minutes, Spider-Man webs her feet to the pavement before leaving.
- Spider-Man recalls hearing that the Beast had just recently joined the Avengers. This is a reference to the events of Avengers #137.
- The Best recounts his battle with the Griffin from Amazing Adventures (Vol. 2) #15.
- The Beast referrs to himself as an "Ex-X-Man", Beast left the X-Men in Amazing Adventures (Vol. 2) #11. The Beast remains apart from his X-Men colleagues until he joins X-Factor in X-Factor #1.
A flashback in this story affects the chronology of the following characters:
- Cover art: the image cover logo of the Beast is recycled art from the cover of Avengers #137.
- Sequence 1 Night of the Griffin
- Inks: backgrounds by Hunt (uncredited).
- Letters (story pages): Saladino (uncredited) page 1, Mantlo pages 2-18.
- No letters page is published this issue.