Monday, May 16, 2011

Marvel History Post 96: Tales to Astonish # 49

Issue: Tales to Astonish # 49
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Jack Kirby
Publication Date: November 1963

Brief Summary:

http://marvel.wikia.com/Tales_to_Astonish_49

Commentary:

It seems a little strange that this group of aliens can invent the ability to move between dimensions, but couldn't handle the creation of atomic power.

Wasp provides a strong dose of comic relief in this issue. Although Stan's comics tend to be male dominated, he has made some interesting female characters and tried to put them in starring roles at times.

This doesn't always work out, as sometimes the females come across as silly. In the middle of the adventure, you've got Wasp dropping quotes like "I miss it when men don't whistle at me." Humorous, yes, but perhaps not the strongest of role models.

Quick Thoughts:

  • Wasp tells Ant Man she's in love with him, but he's not really into it.
  • And then, Wasp makes another reference to what married life to Pym would be. She has no idea...
  • Giant Man isn't so giant, as Pym can only grow to twice his normal size, 12 feet.
Favorite Panel:

There is really no explanation for this little creature. I guess sometimes aliens create a sense of danger in a comic. And sometimes they look like this.

Next:

Avengers # 2