Tales to Astonish #48, Oct. 1963
Story Plot: Stan Lee
Script: H.E. Huntley
Art: Don Heck
Lettering: S. Rosen
Another Tales to Astonish, another retarded trap that almost kills Ant Man. This time, he nearly drowns in a bathtub. Maybe if he was Infant Man, that would work (get it? “ant man” is still in there. I’m too clever for you people, heh heh heh).
Hank and Jan are attending a bank opening (WOO! PARTY!!) when the place is broken into by the Porcupine! A man in a suit covered in bamboo tubes that shoot various things and a gas mask, the Porcupine knocks everyone out with sleeping gas and easily gets away with the money. When Hank recovers, he takes Jan back home so she can recover from her illness (which she apparently caught). Ant Man goes out alone to tackle the Porcupine and gets caught and dumped in a bathtub without his helmet, belt gas canisters, or lasso. The Wasp comes in and saves him, and together they beat– Wait, “lasso”? Since fucking when does Ant Man carry a lasso around with him?
This issue is a really good example of Hank and Janet’s relationship. She constantly expects him to marry her or at least act like they’re married, and he hates her specifically because she is a woman. It’s so cute.