Thursday, September 29, 2011

Marvel History 136: Tales to Astonish # 54

Issue: Tales to Astonish # 54
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Don Heck
Publication Date: April 1964
Commentary:



Giant Man and Wasp set off for Washington, DC.  Any ambiguity about the locales of the Marvel Universe from earlier issues is rapidly diminishing, as we're seeing more and more prominent US cities make appearances (with New York being the center of the action, of course).  


The villain roulette wheel lands on crazy dictator this issue (as opposed to mad scientist, money grubber, or conquering alien) and this bozo is promptly overthrown in a pretty run of the mill story.  Right now I'd say Ant Man is probably producing the weakest story lines, despite some great one liners from Wasp.

Quick Thoughts:
  • Wasp tries to discuss vacation plans with Pym, but he gives her the ole Reed Richards (waaaay too busy with science)
  • Wasp references Bond author Ian Fleming
  • Larry Lieber writes and draws the backup story
Favorite Panel:


Ant Man's improvisational skills on display.

Next: Amazing Spider-Man # 12