Sunday, May 1, 2011

Marvel History Post 82: Tales to Astonish # 47


Issue: Tales to Astonish # 47
Writer: Stan Lee / H.E. Huntley
Artist: Don Heck
Publication Date: September 1963

Brief Summary:

http://marvel.wikia.com/Tales_to_Astonish_47

Commentary:

Stan is up to his old hypnotism tricks, with the method of Trago's hypnosis being all trumpet related. Still, despite the different, ah, medium, it's more or less the same power we've seen displayed before.

Of course, Ant Man turns the tides on Trago, hypnotizing him into forgetting he had hypnotic powers. Right. There are some questions about the morality of such actions that are not being addressed here. Is it really fair to change someone's personality, memories, etc. in order to make them a better person? This same issue is addressed in the popular DC comics storyline Identity Crisis from a few years back. Stan kind of glosses over the topic here. Trago must be happier this way, right? Right?

Quick Thoughts:
  • Seems like an early relationship is starting to develop between Ant Man and Wasp.
  • It's always funny how the captions in these early stories directly address the characters within them.
  • One of Pym's ants gets a name! Then gets killed by a garden snake. Easy come, easy go.

Favorite Panel:

What a duo.

Next: Yes..... X-Men # 1!!!