Monday, September 23, 2013

Marvels: Tales to Astonish #38

"Betrayed by the Ants!" by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers
(December 1962)

This is another filler story that I'm going to blow through.

A genius called Egghead (he has an egg-shaped head to denote his super intelligence) builds his own machine to talk to the ants. He orders them to turn against Ant-Man, because he's subjugated them. Then the ants help Ant-Man defeat the Egghead, because the ants don't consider Ant-Man their master, but their partner in fighting crime, because keeping the human world free of injustice would obviously be very important to ants.

In this issue, Ant-Man introduces some new gadgets--springs in his boots that allow him to jump high into the air (relatively speaking) and an unbreakable nylon fiber lasso--which I don't recall him using again any time soon. Maybe I'm wrong. Ant-Man is just so unmemorable.

Egghead gets away in the end, and he'll return in the future. So there's that. He's at least smart enough to use a bellows to throw Ant-Man off-balance. I still don't know why someone doesn't just step on him or spray him with Raid or something.

And that's Ant-Man.

It's also 1962 wrapped up. In 1963, Marvel's going to cancel The Incredible Hulk, but they're also going to introduce Iron Man, the Avengers, the X-Men, Sgt. Fury, and finally start The Amazing Spider-Man. So there are a lot of good comics to come, and there's a lot of filler, too. I'll be reading it all!

Next time: The Return of Doctor Doom!

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