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Norton is the father of Hank McCoy a.k.a. The Beast. He is married to Edna McCoy; he was exposed to radiation during a meltdown in a power plant where he was working. Due to Norton´s exposure to radiation Hank was born with huge hands, feet, and incredibly high I.Q. During Hank´s childhood, they were supportive and kind to their boy.
During Hank´s teen years, his powers manifested more readily, provoking jealousy and attention from others. One day Hank stopped three criminals using his mutant abilities, and this made it to the news. The villain known only as the Conquistador decided that he could use Hank as a weapon after seeing this report. The Conquistador successfully managed to kidnap Hank, Edna, and Norton, and told Hank that he would release them when he stole an experimental nuclear device. Hank accepted but when he returned, Conquistador stated that he didn´t need Hank anymore; but he would keep Hank's parents indefinitely. At this moment Professor X with Cyclops and Iceman saved Hank and his parents, and offered Hank to join the X-Men, giving him codename Beast.
Several years later, an alternate version of Hank ( Dark Beast) arrived to the current time line and studied plenty of Hank´s closest friends and familiars in order to learn everything about Hank and supplant him. During his visit to Hank´s parents, Dark Beast almost killed them but he couldn´t, killing instead a pedestrian nearby.
Powers and Abilities
Although the father of the X-man Beast, Norton is not a mutant and possesses no special powers, but is a very smart and educated man.