Sunday, July 3, 2011

Marvel History Post 105: Tales to Astonish # 50

Issue: Tales to Astonish # 50
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Jack Kirby
Publication Date: December 1963

Brief Summary:


We get the first sense of Pym having a high opinion of himself, something that will become a large part of his character down the line.  It seems to be in relation to his transforming into Giant-Man.  

There's not much of an explanation of how Human Top gets his powers, other than that they manifested when he was a young boy.  Human Top is actually another early mutant, something that Marvel will start deploying with increased frequency as an origin explanation.

This also marks our final issue of 1963, an enormous year for Marvel that saw the introduction of Nick Fury, The Avengers, The X-Men, etc.  Next year will see some other big characters make their first appearance, although a lot of the heavy hitters are out of the way. Marvel's emphasis has clearly shifted from Romance and Westerns to the superhero genre.  Even Fury's book, a war comic, is integrated into the narrative of the core Marvel universe.

Quick Thoughts:

  • Pym refers to Wasp as cute at one point.  There's hope yet!
  • Ants chew up a sidewalk pavement in a matter of seconds.  Right.

    Favorite Panel:

    A good example of super hero inner monologues.  Wasp watches on as Giant-Man trains for a fight she believes he cannot win.


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