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Tales to Astonish #61, Nov. 1964

Tales to Astonish #61, Nov. 1964

Written by: Stan Lee (he’s getting to be a habit!)
EDITOR’S NOTE: We had announced that another artist would draw this strip. But, circumstances beyond our control caused a change in plan. With Dick Ayers on a brief vacation, Steve Ditko quickly pencilled Stan’s script while George Bell inked it seconds before deadline time! Our sincere thanks to them both!

The Incomparable Stan Lee: Author
The Inimitable Steve Ditko: Illustrator
The Indescribable George Bell: Inker
The Inevitable S. Rosen: Letterer

Robots, robots, and more robots! Giant Man gets to fight an “android” made out of a dummy and controlled by his old enemy Egghead, and the Hulk gets to finish his fight with the completely invincible robot that Dr. Banner invented last ish. If you like big guys fighting robots, this is your comic!

So Egghead’s back, that fat old bald idiot, and his newest plan is to defeat Giant Man by stealing a mannequin, covering it in pink putty, then zapping it with a ray that will not only make it huge and strong, but also allow him to control it. He lures Giant Man into a big, empty warehouse by claiming he wants to make a TV show about him (so far, this trap has been used on basically every superhero, and it works every single time. People just love the movies). There’s an intense fight which somehow lasts for an hour, which is also how long the air in the place will last. Finally Giant Man spins the android around, which makes Egghead dizzy because he can feel everything the android does, and this forces Egghead to let them go. I haven’t said this recently, so… fuck Giant Man.

Meanwhile, the Hulk doesn’t know how to defeat this robot that can’t be defeated, and turns back into Bruce Banner. He constructs a device that’ll lead him back to the robot (which he still can’t beat and he has no plan on how to do so) just in time to meet the Major Talbot, the new second-in-command of the base, who immediately starts hitting on the General’s daughter. Banner finds the robot and turns back into the Hulk, who proceeds to throw the thing down a nearby bottomless pit. He stops the missile that the spy-in-a-robot made and launched at the base, but it knocks him out, allowing Talbot to capture him and restrain him with some fancy Stark Industries technology. What’s a captured Hulk to do?

This issue is kind of a mess. You’ll notice the odd credits for the Giant Man story, which apparently was finished at the last minute by a hasty Ditko/Bell combo because Dick Ayers… I dunno, something happened. A death in the family, probably, that sounds like what that excuse is for. But hey, this is comic books, we can be a little bit more creative. Turns out Dick Ayers is actually The Incredible Artist, and when he gets overworked he turns bright red and uncontrollably draws the only hot chicks from 60’s Marvel comics! THE HORROR!


Tales to Astonish #57, July 1964

Tales to Astonish #57, July 1964

Brilliantly written by good ol’ Stan Lee
Bashfully drawn by loveable ol’ Dick Ayers
Boldly inked by faithful ol’ Paul Reinman
Bravely lettered by fearless ol’ S. Rosen

Ring-a-ding story plot by: Stan Lee
Jazzy script and art by: Larry Lieber
Like wow, man! Inking by: Chic Stone
Far-out lettering by: S. Rosen

For the past few issues, there’s been a backup feature called “Tales of the Wasp”, where Janet Van Dyne visits various children’s hospitals and tells them stories about aliens. In this issue, however, the backup feature takes place right after one of these stories, and it actually deals with the Wasp foiling some criminals. Which means I actually had to read it. Dammit.

Egghead, the “genius” criminal who once got foiled by the loyalty of ants, is back with another master plan! He’s going to tell the ants that Spider-Man wants to fight Giant Man, and they’ll tell Giant Man about it, and then they’ll fight. THEN, Egghead calls ALL THE COPS IN THE CITY to deal with this fight, so he and his crew can steal an armored truck on the other side of town. Obviously Giant Man and Spider-Man realize that they don’t have any reason to be fighting and take out Egghead together, but not before Spidey and the Wasp trade bitter insults. Apparently spiders and wasps are natural enemies, and this isn’t the same sort of angry yelling that Hank and Jan call “flirting”.

Later, the Wasp is on her way to a date with Hank when she notices some guy going down into the sewers, and a nearby jewelry store that looks as though it’s been robbed. She follows the crook down the sewer (in insect size, because “no mere female” could lift a manhole cover) and tricks him into giving himself up by pretending to be Sue Storm, the Invisible Girl, saying that the rest of the Fantastic Four are on their way to get him unless he gives up. When she arrives for her date, Hank doesn’t believe her story and leaves angrily.

Reading this was great, especially right after Fantastic Four #28, where the adventure is very similar. Because of some smart guy, our protagonist fights a different protagonist, and in the end they team up against them. Only instead of it being the Mad Thinker coming up with radioactive mind control plans, Egghead’s involved lying to ants. So… it’s a bit different.

Tales to Astonish #45, July 1963

Tales to Astonish #45, July 1963

Plot: Stan Lee
Script: H.E. Huntley
Art: Don Heck
Lettering: Art Simek

It’s the return of Egghead, Ant Man’s only recurring villain! Unlike everyone else that Ant Man has defeated, the shame of losing to the worst hero in the world didn’t drive Egghead to suicide, I guess.

Instead, Egghead’s become an unshaven bum who sits around in hostels all day mumbling to himself about ants. At least, until one day when two mobsters hide out there and talk about nearly being defeated by Ant Man. This snaps Egghead out of his trance (but he was talking about Ant Man the whole time, wasn’t he? Why would that), and they plan a caper together.

Egghead’s plan is to steal some diamonds, then stash them in a museum exhibit about wasps, under the impression that Ant Man’s new sidekick, the Wasp would doubtless go and find out. The trap works perfectly, and Egghead drops Ant Man down into a tank with an iguana, and after he escapes from that, he sics an anteater on him, because they are the perfect predator for ants. ONLY FOR GETTING ANTS OUT OF NESTS, ASSHOLE!

In the climactic battle, the Wasp grabs a nearby needle and starts stabbing guys in the hand with it, calling it her “wasp’s sting”. Later on, she’d get some wristbands that shot something or other out of them, but in the beginning, she just carries this pin around. And stabs guys with it all over. It’s hilarious.

Tales to Astonish #38, Dec. 1962

Tales to Astonish #38, Dec. 1962

Plot: Stan Lee
Script: Larry Lieber
Art: Jack Kirby
Inking: Dick Ayers
Lettering: Johnny Dee

They say you can judge a hero by the caliber of his villains. Okay, I don’t know if “they” say that, but I certainly do, and it’s not just because that helps me paint Ant Man in an even poorer light. In any case, this issue introduces what would be the closest thing to Ant Man’s arch-nemesis, Egghead. Not the guy played by Vincent Price on that old Batman show that made puns all the time, he’s… just a fat guy who’s smart.

Apparently, ever since Ant Man came around, it’s been nearly impossible to do any crime in town, so a group of burglars decide they need a SMART criminal to outwit and destroy him. Enter Egghead, a scientist of some sort. He figures out that Ant Man must be communicating with ants via radio waves and learns the frequency of the ants so he can turn them against Ant Man. He promises them that if they help him kill Ant Man, then the ants will be in charge and won’t have to take orders from him anymore. Egghead sets a trap and Ant Man falls into it perfectly… except the ants tipped him off! They were really working for Ant Man the whole time, and you know why? Not because he was in control, giving them orders… it’s because they were FRIENDS! SOMETHING YOU’LL NEVER UNDERSTAND, EGGHEAD!!!

There’s also a dumb story called I Found the Impossible World!, where a guy goes a million years into the future, sees how cool it is, then tries to take over by setting the existing leaders against each other. Of course, they have a truth-o-scope so they know who was responsible, and they lock him in a prison for ten years before sending him back to his time with his memory erased. OoOOooOoOhhh. Finally, there’s Secret of the Statues! (I know all these titles end with exclamation marks, I’m not going to stop putting them in), where an art critic visits a sculptor who’s been making human-sized-and-shaped statues. The critic tells him that his statues are lifeless, then they come to life! It turns out they were aliens and the house was a spaceship, and now they’re leaving because impersonating humans is harder than they thought. What?

I just want to reiterate that Egghead is Ant Man’s archest enemy. And he failed in his plan because, and I quote, “he misunderstood the psychology of ants!” I hate you so fucking much, Ant Man.