Sunday, April 17, 2011

Marvel History Post 68: Tales to Astonish # 45

Issue: Tales to Astonish # 45
Writer: Stan Lee & H.E. Huntley
Artist: Don Heck
Publication Date: July 1963
Brief Summary:
http://marvel.wikia.com/Tales_to_Astonish_45

Commentary:

This issue tries to set up Egg Head as Ant Man's arch rival. Again, he's one of those villains that at this point is more interested in defeating Ant Man than in really accomplishing anything else. It's amazing how destructive the personalities of a lot of these villains comes off. 

It's always the "Once the superhero is out of the way, I can get back to my regularly scheduled crimes."

It's also interesting how clearly Egg Head is mentally unhinged, but can still manage to put on a show of normalcy, such as his appearing as a zoologist. He escapes at the end of his issue. For all his brilliance, his Ant Eater plan didn't work out. Weird. I'm sure we'll be seeing more of him in stories to come.

Favorite Panel:

Thought this was a fun one of the dynamic duo.

Next: Fantastic Four # 17