Friday, February 17, 2012

Tales to Astonish # 69

Issue: Tales to Astonish # 69
Writer: Stan Lee and Al Hartley
Artist: Bob Powell and Jack Kirby
Publication Date: July 1965

Brief Summary:


This issue opens with what would appear to be a classic example of the failings of writing comics using the marvel method of scripting.  Stan has Giant Man swinging from a flag pole high up in the city, and then on the next page he's back on the ground.  A couple of thought bubbles and captions with heavy exposition explain how he got from one place to the other.  In a lot of ways, seeing these kinds of things has a certain charm to it.  Something about the good nature and zest of Stan's writing goes a long way in forgiving many of these sins.

Yeah, so then Giant Man grows a wasp to a size big enough that he can ride on it.  Maybe it's not that charming after all.  Pym announces his retirement at the story's end.  Seems fair enough to me.

On the green side of life, Hulk turns into Banner, Banner turns into Hulk, there's some fighting with the Leader, Hulk appears to be dead at issue's end, and you've got yourself a comic book.  Seeya next time, kiddies!

Favorite Panel:

As Stan is quick to point out, that's not gonna win you any fans among the ladies, dude.

Next: X-Men # 12