Saturday, September 24, 2011

Marvel History Post 128: Tales to Astonish # 53

Issue: Tales to Astonish # 53
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Dick Ayers
Publication Date: March 1964

Well, the Porcupine is back.  Remember him?  Where once he wanted cash, now he just wants to kick Giant Man's ass.  He falls prey to Dr. Doom (or Lex Luthor) syndrome of "once I get rid of my enemy, I will blah blah blah."  I don't know if there's a better name for that syndrome.  Regardless, Porcupine's got it.  He's also got a gun that shoots a flypaper pellet.  So, really, he probably shouldn't be mentioned in the same paragraph as Lex Luthor.

There's also a weird scene where people at a Giant Man and Wasp fan club dress up as enemies of the duo.  Early 60s cosplay.  Yeah.  

This issue also continues the proud tradition of the backup story as told by the Wasp herself.  It's just a matter of time before Stan ditches the sci-fi non superhero backup stories entirely.

Favorite Panel:

Giant Man's rogues gallery...sort of...

Next: X-Men # 4