Beast Boy

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CHARACTER

Beast Boy

Able to take the form of almost any animal, Garfield Logan, despite his flippant personality, is one of the most esteemed Super Heroes to bear the name "Titan."

INTRODUCTION

Aliases: Changeling, Garfield “Gar” Logan
First Appearance: DOOM PATROL vol. 1 #99, 1965 

 

 

It’s not easy being green, but Garfield “Gar” Logan certainly makes the best of it. After contracting a rare disease as a child, Gar’s parents were forced to administer an experimental genetic treatment involving the DNA of animals with known resistances to the disease as a potential cure.

 

The good news: their experiment worked. The bad news: it had some pretty dramatic side effects. It turned Gar’s skin, hair and eyes a bright green color and gave him the incredible ability to shapeshift into any animal at will…with just one important caveat. Any form Gar happens to take will also be completely green, no matter what. So much for being able to blend in.

 

Luckily, fading into the background has never been Gar’s goal in life. When he’s not using his powers to be a superhero, he spends his time as an amateur actor and social butterfly, winning friends and “adoring fans” (at least, in his head) wherever he goes. He’s quick with a joke and quicker with a smile, upbeat, optimistic and flirtatious even through the worst of times, making him a valuable asset for the morale of any team he might find himself a part of.

ORIGIN

Gar was born the son of biologists Mark and Marie Logan, who conducted experimental genetic research. As an infant, he contracted a deadly tropical disease which forced his parents to run a battery of experimental tests in an effort to save his life. The tests were successful, but came with the side effect of turning their son bright green and giving him incredible shape-shifting powers.

 

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The worst was yet to come, however. Not long after curing their son, Mark and Marie were victims of a fatal accident, leaving Gar orphaned and alone. Fortunately, the leader of a local tribe and family friend of the Logans, King Tawaba, stepped in to care for him—but the arrangement only worked for so long. It turned out that certain members of King Tawaba’s tribe had been plotting against the Logan family in secret, and they hired a band of mercenaries to steal Gar away from them for good.

 

The mercenaries kidnapped Gar and brought him back to America where they promptly set about forcing him to use his powers to aid them in their criminal activities. Eventually, the Logan family’s estate attorney, a man named Nicholas Galtry, would step in and become Gar’s legal guardian—a moment that should have been a light at the end of the tunnel, but instead just brought a whole new round of pain.

 

Galtry attempted to assassinate Gar to become the Logan estate’s sole heir, but was thwarted by the Doom Patrol who—finally—took Gar in for good and provided him with a new family and a safe and happy home. With the Doom Patrol, Gar adopted the code name Beast Boy and set about becoming a DC Super Hero.EndFragment 

POWERS AND ABILITIES

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Beast Boy has the ability to shape-shift into any animal he knows, including any that are extinct or even creatures from other planes of reality. The only criteria is that Gar must have knowledge of them before he assumes their shape—meaning he can’t willingly transform into something totally imaginary. Occasionally, however, he’s been able to partially shift into multiple animals at once, though his ability to control his powers in a hybrid form are a gamble at best. He usually likes to stick to the things he knows.

 

He’s got extensive knowledge of the animal kingdom ready to go for any instance he might need it most. This includes even the smallest details. Gar makes it his business to know the most useful shape to take, from the destructive power of a T. rex to the stealth of a mosquito and back again. He’s a Swiss Army knife in the field, making him a valuable asset to any team.

 

In his human form, Gar has enhanced strength, endurance and speed.

 

 

 

 

 

ESSENTIAL STORYLINES AND HISTORY

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DOOM PATROL (vol. 1, #99-120, 1965-1968) 

Gar’s first appearance was in Doom Patrol #99 in 1965. The team came across him by mistake after he inadvertently found his way into their secret headquarters. Gar’s initial reaction to the team was rude, indignant and scrappy as the Patrol attempted to corral him into giving them answers.

Fortunately, he was able to win them over despite the bad first impression. The Patrol went on to step in and help thwart the assassination attempts made on Gar’s life by his guardian, Nicholas Galtry, and eventually Doom Patrol members Elasti-Girl and Mento were able to adopt Gar as their son.

With the Patrol, Gar adopted the code name Beast Boy and began working as a superhero full time. He even attempted to join the Teen Titans, but was told he was too young (TEEN TITANS #6, 1966.) Things progressed in this way for the next several years until tragedy struck and the Doom Patrol was brutally killed in a trap.

 

 

 

Joining the Teen Titans (THE NEW TEEN TITANS vol. 1 and vol. 2, 1980-1996)

Gar resurfaced in the late ’70s as an on-again-off-again member of the short-lived Teen Titans West, but it wasn’t until the formation of the New Teen Titans in 1980 that he really returned to the spotlight.

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Gar was one of the first members of the new Teen Titans team, alongside Robin, Starfire, Raven, Donna Troy and Cyborg. He marked the occasion by announcing in NEW TEEN TITANS #1 (1980) that he was no longer going to use Beast Boy as a code name and would now be known as Changeling.

 

In TALES OF THE NEW TEEN TITANS #3 (1982) Gar recounted the time he’d spent between super-heroic jobs trying to make it in Hollywood as an actor. Thanks to his green skin, he was able to find a role as an alien in a sci-fi production called Space Trek: 2020. But the production was halted by legal troubles before it could ever come to fruition. To make matters worse, during the course of filming, Nicholas Galtry resurfaced—now encased in a high-tech suit of armor and calling himself the Arsenal. He had tracked Gar down again, and was looking to finally make good on the assassination attempt the Doom Patrol had thwarted so long ago.

 

While the attack was unsuccessful, it left Gar out of work and adrift until the Titans had re-formed, making it clear just how important the team was in getting him back on his feet.

 

 

 

Re-forming the Team (“The Technis Imperative,” JLA/TITANS, 1998-1999, TITANS vol. 1, 1999-2002)

In the late ’90s, Gar returned to Los Angeles to attempt to re-form the Teen Titans West and rekindle his acting career until the original New Teen Titans needed his help yet again.

 

Vic Stone, a.k.a. Cyborg, became infected with a devastating virus that caused his cybernetic body to mutate and go rogue. In JLA/TITANS: THE TECHNIS IMPERATIVE (1998-1999) Vic’s corrupted form is such a threat that it forced the original team to band together and save their friend.

 

With Cyborg saved and the crisis averted, the group, alongside some new recruits like Argent and Damage, decide to officially re-form—but they simplified the name this time around to “Titans” to help differentiate them from the newer, younger generation of crime-fighters who formed a group called Young Justice.

The reunion is relatively short-lived, however. In 2003, during the TEEN TITANS/YOUNG JUSTICE: GRADUATION DAY event, original Titan Donna Troy was killed by a catastrophic attack from a robotic Superman clone, prompting Nightwing to completely disband the team yet again.

 

However, rather than retreat from being a superhero entirely, Gar, Cyborg and Starfire decided to combine their efforts and become teachers for the new generations of Teen Titans.

 

 

 

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New 52 (2012-2016)

Gar’s first appearance in the New 52 universe took place in an ongoing book called THE RAVAGERS. This was a major reimagination of Gar’s design and the origin of his powers. This Beast Boy was bright red because his powers stemmed from a relationship to an extradimensional power called, appropriately, “the Red.”

 

The Ravagers behaved a bit like a more rough-and-tumble incarnation of the Teen Titans, but dissolved after 13 issues. This freed Gar up to rejoin the actual Teen Titans in an all-new TEEN TITANS #1 in 2014 where he was returned to his normal emerald-green self and regained much of his pre-New 52 personality.

 

Gar remained with this incarnation of the team until the end of the New 52 in 2016.

 

 

 

 

Rebirth (2016-Present) 

Following the events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1, Gar found himself once again called on to join the Teen Titans—but this time, it was by the pint-sized, tyrannical Robin, Damian Wayne, who had plans to overhaul the team in his own image.

 

Together with Starfire, Raven, Kid Flash and later Aqualad, the team does their best to live up to Damian’s ever-growing list of impossible demands.

TEAM AFFILIATIONS

  • • Doom Patrol
  • • Teen Titans
  • • Titans
  • • Titans West
  • • Teen Titans West
  • • Young Justice (animated)
  • • The Ravagers

APPEARANCES IN OTHER MEDIA

Television


Main Character Appearances


Live Action:
• Titans

 

Animation:
• Young Justice
• Teen Titans
• Teen Titans Go!


Guest Appearances/Cameos


Animation:
• Static Shock
• Batman: The Brave and the Bold
• DC Nation Shorts
• DC Super Hero Girls

 

Film

Main Character Appearances


Animation:
• Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo
• LEGO DC Super Heroes: Justice League: Gotham City Breakout
• DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year
• DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games
• LEGO DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain

 

 

Video Games

• Teen Titans
• Teeny Titans
• DC Universe Online
• Young Justice: Legacy
• Scribblenauts Unmasked
• LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
• Injustice 2