Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Marvel History Post 109: Tales to Astonish # 51

Issue: Tales to Astonish # 51
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Jack Kirby
Publication Date: January 1964

Brief Summary:



Stan always seems to put a smart ass in his stories.  Sometimes it's the lead character, like Spider-Man.  Sometimes it's two of the lead characters, like Thing and Human Torch.  And, in Tales to Astonish, it's the female lead the Wasp.  Yep, Janet's quick with her tongue, although most of her jokes seem to revolve around cosmetics or her obsession with men.

This issue also starts the ever-popular "Wasp Tells a Story" segment in the book, wherein Wasp narrates a story that otherwise would have been told in Tales to Astonish by an omniscient third person narrator.  

Quick Thoughts:

  • Pym shows signs of jealousy when a bunch of high school kids want to snap pics of Wasp
  • Giant-Man apparently has a ton of fans in the MU at this point in time; this will dwindle in later years...and not just in the MU

Favorite Panel:

Pym learns that it takes more than brawn to beat the baddies (something Reed learned in, like, Fan 4 # 2).  Janet learns...nothing.  She's still just a horn ball.  

Favorite Quote: 

"Maybe this would be a good time to get out of the super-hero business, and take up a new hobby -- Like whispering sweet nothings into my shell-like ear!" - Wasp to Giant-Man.  She has some other gems this issue.  


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