Saturday, November 19, 2011

Marvel History 190: Tales to Astonish # 60

Issue: Tales to Astonish # 60
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Dick Ayers & Steve Ditko
Publication Date: October 1964
Brief Summary:

http://marvel.wikia.com/Tales_to_Astonish_60


Commentary:

The issue opens with Ant Man yelling at his fan club.  Well, no wonder this guy's popularity is in the toilet all of the time.  Ant Man also makes a reference to a friend of his, an FBI agent who last appeared here.  I don't remember this dude at all, to be honest.  Guess I'm forgetting some of the minor characters I've met along the way thus far.

Ant Man tells the story of his first wife, a Hungarian freedom killed by the Reds (not those guys).  Still, the story doesn't take that serious of a turn, as Pym is hopping back on flying ants and thwarting communist plots to train super smart gorillas.

Hulk takes over the backup stories as promised, transforming Tales to Astonish into a full fledged superhero magazine.  In this issue, Banner discovers the manner by which he transforms from Bruce to the Hulk and back.  Apparently it is caused by situations where he is in great duress.  Hulk also fights his own robot (which he can't defeat), and wears a lot of purple pants.

Favorite Panel:

Banner gets all philosophical.

Next: Amazing Spider-Man # 18