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Paul Lorenze the beast (Strange Tales comics)

Paul Lorenze the beast

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


The early Strange Tales issues predate the Marvel Universe (it was still Atlas Publishing back then). However, many Atlas books exist in a penumbra wherein elements have been retconned into becoming part of the Marvel Universe.

This was never the case of Paul Lorenze… but it could.

“The Beast” is the title of the story ; Lorenze is not clearly called that in-text.


  • Real Name: Paul Lorenze
  • Marital Status: Presumed single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: Unrevealed
  • Height: 6’ Weight: 550 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown

Powers & Abilities

Paul Lorenze has all of the characteristics of a particularly aggressive and uninhibited gorilla, with unusually large fangs. Even as a human, he had an unusual level of physical strength and behavioural intensity.


Back in 1951, Paul Lorenze was a deranged student fascinated by the power of evil… and by apes. He considered apes to be perfect, as in his view they possessed great strength and ferocity unhindered by the moral sophistication plaguing humans – which made apes capable of true evil.

Lorenze’s dearest wish was to become an ape, and know strength unfettered by morals.

Lorenze was one of two students who were accidentally locked into a zoo at night, and stumbled upon another lunatic – Professor Manheim, who had devised a serum to super-evolve apes into men.

Manheim was about to gun down the students who had witnessed his attempt to inject a gorilla, but the weirdly charismatic Lorenze convinced him to devise an inverted variant of his serum that could devolve a man into an ape.

Science without conscience

Kidnapping the other student, Manheim and Lorenze launched into a wild experiment which had Lorenze reminisce past historical, then prehistorical incarnations. As he went back in time before the appearance of the Homo genus, he physically turned into a savage ape-like creature and killed Manheim in one blow.

Lorenze mutating into a beast

Somehow, the zoo gorilla whom Manheim had wanted to experiment on then found Manheim’s house, and attacked. The bestial Lorenze eventually prevailed, but the other student had freed himself and defenestrated Lorenze from behind.

Handlers from the zoo, who were chasing the escaping gorilla, captured Lorenze instead, somehow not realising the difference. The bestial Lorenze thus ended up behind stout steel bars at the zoo.

(This being a 1951 story it is full of crass racism and terrible biology and zoology – but let’s ignore that for now because heh, gorillas in comics).


See illustration.


Lorenze was a crazy dude fond of mad science, and of ranting about how only animals could know true evil that was sadly denied to men. As an ape-like creature, he was apparently incapable of speech and it is unclear what level of intelligence he retained.


“It’s the apes I admire ! They’re powerful, vicious… and evil ! I like all evil things… and brute force ! Look at that big fellow there… his tiny, mad eyes, the snarling lips, the tremendous power… He’s the embodiment of all the wicked things in man !”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Lorenze as an ape

Dex: 02 Str: 05 Bod: 05 Motivation: Psycho
Int: 02 Wil: 02 Min: 02 Occupation: Captive
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 02 Resources {or Wealth}: 000
Init: 008 HP: 005

Analytical smell/tracking scent: 02, Density Increase: 01

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Density Increase is Always On and Already Factored In
  • AS/TS doesn’t have the tracking component

Acrobatics (Climbing): 03, Martial Artist (AV): 03

Iron Nerves


Strange Appearance, Mistrust

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Strange Tales vol. 1 #1 (1951)

Helper(s): Darci

Writeup completed on the 28th of September, 2014.

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