Sunday, April 10, 2011

Marvel History Post 61: Tales to Astonish # 44

Issue: Tales to Astonish # 44
Writers: Stan Lee, H.E. Huntley
Artist: Jack Kirby
Publication Date: June 1963

Brief Summary:

http://marvel.wikia.com/Tales_to_Astonish_44

Commentary:

In addition to this being the first appearance of Wasp, this is also the first time Ant Man has represented two thirds of the book. He has previously been the lead story, with several backups to follow. In this issue, he represents two thirds of the book.

Also, I had to look up H.E. Huntley. Learn more about him here.

We hear about the tragic murder of Pym's first wife in this issue as well. Again, Stan is building Pym as a rather likable fellow in these early issues with a decent amount of pathos. The notion of Pym as the number one A-hole of the Marvel Universe has not taken shape yet (although he does seem a little bit like a pedophile for lusting after the allegedly quite young Wasp).

Quick Thoughts:
  • I'm still pretty grossed out by the notion of catapulting into a huge pile of ants that are the same size as me. I imagine I always will be.
  • We also have an early secret identity reveal, with Ant Man exposing himself (poor word choice?) to Wasp.
  • Pym references unstable molecules.
  • Wasp wastes no time, telling Pym she's falling in love with him in their first appearance together.
Favorite Panel:
Make of it what you will.
Next: Amazing Spider-Man # 3