A full page today, as it so typifies Beast’s self-outlook. It really wasn’t until Joss Whedon’s run on Astonishing X-Men, I think, that Beast became a super-nerd again. In these stories, he’s basically like a pubescent boy.
The role was so helpful to the dynamic of the group that later, when Beast left the group, Tigra would take over the same role.
And both were furry….Hmmm….