Monday, November 7, 2011

Marvel History 179: Tales to Astonish # 59

Issue: Tales to Astonish # 59
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Dick Ayers
Publication Date: September 1964
Brief Summary:

http://marvel.wikia.com/Tales_to_Astonish_59


Commentary:

Giant Man is pretty much obsessed with Hulk, and brings Wasp along with him to New Mexico to find the Green Goliath.

The supporting cast of Hulk's short lived series remains intact, with an appearance by Thunderbolt Ross and Betty Brant.  Strangely, despite so many fewer appearances, the Hulk has a larger supporting cast than Giant Man and Wasp.

Also, Pym hops on a flying ant, and then into a mini rocket, both of which work better than catapulting into a collection of ants as a means of transportation (he used to do that; don't think about it too hard).

Quick Thoughts:
  • Hulk catches an atomic bomb.  So yeah, he's a beast.
  • Giant Man never encounters Human Top, the "antagonist" of this story
  • Starting next ish, Hulk's the backup feature in this mag.  I guess fractured fairy tales with Janet Van Dyke had to end at some point.
Favorite Panel:

You wouldn't like Giant Man when he's angry, either.


Next: X-Men # 7