The tale for Giant-Man and the wasp (although just barely) for Tales To Astonish#60 is a communist fighting adventure titled “The Beast Of Berlin”. In this tale, Giant-man goes off alone (after telling her for the first time about how his wife died) to Communist controlled Berlin to rescue a friend captured by the communist as well as deal with the threat of a powerful weapon that he leaned about from the same friend. (more…)
Ant-man / Giant-Man
Tales to astonish #60
October 8, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)
The Beast of Berlin
Tales To Astonish #59
March 17, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)
Enter: The Hulk
Having just finished reading Tales To Astonish #59 I find myself asking, who is more the star of this tale, Giant-Man or Hulk. You see, up until this Issue, Giant-Man with his side-kick (I almost hate calling wasp a side-kick) have been the featured hero’s of the series. As of late often with a Wasp side story following the main tale, but as this issue so wonderfully announces, starting with the next issue, the Hulk gets a feature in Tales To Astonish, along side Giant-Man.
You see, the hulk proved to have a popular fan base, after the cancelling of his own title just six issues into it, and in fact, at this point, the Hulk would have been a featured Guest in as many comic’s as he had in his own title that ended over a year before this issue. Even not counting Fantastic Four #12 (as it came out before Hulks series was cancelled) , we have Avengers #1 though #3, Fantastic Four #25 & #26 (likely the biggest Hulk Story so far, and one of the first real cross over events of comics. then Avengers #5 before vanishing for a couple months to appear in Spider-Man #14. Why bring all this up? other then to say that Hulk has been all over the place, and in big stories. Is that each of them (while not his title) he played a central role, more then that of any antagonist in those comic book’s; in fact in character development, he sometimes has more then the star’s of the book’s themselves. (more…)
Tales To Astonish #58
March 20, 2013 | Drew | (No Comments)
The Coming Of... Colossus
For tales To astonish’s feature story we have Giant-Man and the The wasp take on Colossus, a giant twice the size of Gaint-Man! But in this trilling adventure taking place in the made up Bora-Boru Region of Africa, where a group of natives have taken to worshiping the 30 foot tall Colossus, can Giant man manage to vanquish his foe? Also In this issue, we have a new method for our hero’s to change their size, as Hank Pym managed to modify his cybernetic helmet to aid him and thus allow size changes to happen at the speed of thought. Lastly, the wasp gets a new costume in this issue; one that Captain America in his all to short appearance takes a liking too.
Tales To Astonish #57
October 24, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)
On The Trail of The Amazing Spider-Man
It seems in my last several classic comic book reviews, we have seen a lot of Hero Vs. Hero action. from Spider-Man and the Hulk to X-Men Vs Fantastic Four, and now Giant-Man and the Wasp face off against Spider-Man. Every time, we see this kind of action, their are challenges and concerns that must be addressed, even more so as a reviewer. Is it original? are both sides true to there characters? or do we just have some group of hero’s fighting another for the sake of sales and marketing? The last few, I feel have been good, this one, I feel starts off weak; but I will get to that in my review below, first a short summary.
In this issue, Egghead tricks the ants into relaying a false message to giant-man. one that states that Spider-Man is out to attack Giant-man! can our hero’s clear up this conflict before it’s too late? (more…)
Tales To Astonish #56
July 6, 2012 | Drew | (1 Comment)
The Coming Of The Magician!
In this issue, just as the cover promises, we see Giant-Man using his power to his advantage, and then just as the last tale foretold, we get the hint of a looming proposal from hank Pym to Janet van Dyne. But will this story be as magical as we hope, or just a bunch of tricks?
Tales To Astonish #55
July 4, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)
On The Trail Of The Human Top!
In tales To astonish #55 we have Hank Pym as both Giant-Man and Ant-man using his skills along with the assistance of Janet Van Dyne to stop the Human Top for the second time. The first time was in Tales To Astonish #50 and #51. But what does their second encounter have in store for us? and what of the words on the cover “How can the Human Top be beaten when he too can grow as big as Giant-man??” but then, the real question I have going in to read it, is this issue a Giant Tease or Giant Success. (more…)
Tales To Astonish #54
July 2, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)
No Place To Hide
This comic book review is for the Giant-man & Wasp story featured in Tales To Astonish #54, titled “No Place To Hide”. This tale features our hero’s after they are asked by the US Government to investigate a governmental change in the small nation of Santo Rico, and its new leader “El Toro!”
But is “no Place To Hide” worth the read? does El Toro prove to be a worthy threat? and what is meant by the title, “No Place to Hide!”. these are all good questions as you begin to read my review, or flip though the story yourself.
Tales To Astonish #53
April 3, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)
Trapped By The Porcupine!
For today’s comic book review i read Tales To Astonish #53, where we have an Giant-Man feature that includes the return of The Porcupine. Now as you may remember from my review of Tales To Astonish #48, I was not to trilled with the porcupine or his first appearance. So now we will get to find out if his return sticks on me any better, or if this is another tale I would want to forget?
Tales To Astonish #52
March 21, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)
The Black Knight Strikes!
For today’s comic book review I read Tales To Astonish #52, starting Giant-Man and The Wonderful Wasp! Just from the cover of the classic comic book I seen great promise, and not just from the words, but also from the clean appearance. but is the tale titled “The Black Knight Strikes!” meant to be a good one? or is it something that should have been forgotten by history?
Yesterday I read Tales To Astonish #50, and seen how The Human Top humiliated Giant-Man, Today I read the second part, to see if Giant-Man and The Wasp could stop the human Top.
In this issue, we have a continued effort to catch the top, as he engages in a plan to steal US secrets to sell them to communist spies. during these efforts our hero’s fail to stop the spinning menace, but can they stop him before the plans fall into the wrong hands? (more…)
Tales To Astonish #50
February 29, 2012 | Drew | (1 Comment)
The Human Top!
For today’s comic book review I read Tales To Astonish #50, containing the “Giant-man and the wonderful Wasp Battling The Human Top!” But also being the first part of a two-part story (our second two-part story reviewed this week!)
This one, gives us a good focus and background for the menace of the issue, whom is nothing more than a criminal and bully named David Cannon and known as The Human Top.
The story is told to us, almost like a background for David, starting when he was young and leading us to the current time, and then showing us how Giant-man almost does not see this common criminal as worth his time. Giant-Man however is quickly proven wrong, in his failed attempt to apprehend the talented criminal. (more…)
Tales To Astonish #49
February 8, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)
The Birth of Giant-Man
For today’s comic book review I read the story in Tales To Astonish #49 titled “The Birth of Giant-Man” and this story offers perhaps the greatest development and change for our ongoing Ant-man and the wasp stories so far, giving Dr. Hank Pym the choice to be ant-man or to double his size to 12 feet and become Giant-man.
But the story offers us more than just the new development by the brilliant scientist; Although I am happy to say that the development is given significant page space instead of just being seen in action. You see, while Dr. Pym is working on this, a new menace known as the Eraser has shown up on the scene, and is on some kind of mission of erasing key scientist. What seems like it might be some kind of communist plot, expect for the fact that the Eraser is clearly not human. But what can his goal be? (more…)
Tales To Astonish #48
January 25, 2012 | Drew | (2 Comments)
Ant-Man And The Wasp Defy The Porcupine!
For today’s Comic Book Review I read and reviewed the Ant-Man and the wasp story from “Tales To Astonish #48” and what I found was an astonishing tale titled “Ant-Man And The Wasp Defy The Porcupine!”
the basic outline of the story is one of an evil scientist, a weapons developer for the military develops what he see’s as the ultimate weapon, but decides to use it for his own good instead of turning it over to the army. Thus he takes on the name of Porcupine and starts his life of crime as a bank robber. (more…)
Tales To Astonish #47
January 11, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)
Music To Scream By
For today’s comic book review i read the ant-man and wasp story from Tales To Astonish #47, titled “Music To Scream By“. in this classic tale we see our heroes as well as the ant’s face the great threat of sound.
To offer a summary, the story starts out with a prelude where our hero’s both solve a common crime, as well as get introduced to Trango before he gains his hypnotic talents. Then though the passage of time, he return’s with new understandings of the powers of music, having the goal of a city-wide crime spree.
Tales To Astonish #46
December 20, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
...When Cyclops Walks The Earth
Today I set out to do a comic book review on the ant-man and the wasp story from Tales To Astonish #46. From the starting point, the cover did not set me off with great hope for the issue, but I know that is a bad way to judge a book.
for a short synopsis of the story, we have ant-man and the wasp experiencing a slow period in the crime-fighting business. This leads them to take a vacation, where they decide to go to Greece; once there they find out that the locals are afraid to sail out to the islands do to a monster that’s been seen and attacking. having seen the cover it’s not a stretch to connect it to the cyclops. but can Ant-man & The wasp get to the bottom of this mythological threat? (more…)
Tales to Astonish #45
December 6, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
The Terrible Traps Of Egghead!
In today’s comic book review we go over, the story in Tales to Astonish #45 that features Ant-Man and The Wasp caught in “The terrible Traps of Egghead!”. For those of you who have been following along, we seen Egg Head in Tales To Astonish #38. but worry not, if you did not read that classic issue; as this one offers a wonderful and in-depth recap, summing up that story in about a page and a half.
In this issue, Egghead comes out of his complete mental breakdown with the goal of seeing revenge and eliminating Ant-man. this change is brought about by a couple of other criminals whom were defeated by ant-man hiding out in the Bowery near him.
This leads to a in-depth and complex plan that only Egghead could have devised, one that has many steps, and seems completely foolproof to capture the wasp and then annihilate ant-man.
Tales To Astonish #44
December 3, 2011 | Drew | (2 Comments)
Ant-Man and the Wasp! Vs. The Creature From Kosmos!
In sitting down to do my comic book review for the Ant-Man and Wasp story in Tales To Astonish #44, I realize the importance of this issue. These simple, and short facts must be stated first before I begin even thinking about being critical of the 18 page story.
This issue is the first appearance and the origin of the Wasp, ant-man’s lovely partner, but is introduced to us first as Janet Van Dyne, the daughter of a brilliant scientist.
While I mention the wasp first, it is far from the first important element written into this issue, before we even meet the wasp, we get a good amount of depth built into the background of Dr. Henry Pym, an epic tale of love and death that will build upon the origin we already know.
Tales To Astonish #43
November 17, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
The Astonishing Ant-Man Versus The Mad Master of Time!
Today, my comic book review is of Tales To Astonish #43, where I review the story of “The Astonishing Ant-Man Versus The Mad Master of Time!“. this story is perhaps one of the ironic twists of fate. All that lead the ant-man down an adventure to face a villain like he never has before.
But this story is a great one, because of the meaning you can read into it, as well as the fact that the ‘villain’ is indeed one of the most easy for us to identify, in particularly as we age. It also in its own way, makes a statement, about the actions of companies and society. But I will get to all this in my review.
Tales To Astonish #42
November 8, 2011 | Drew | (2 Comments)
The Voice of Doom
Today’s comic book review is of Tales To Astonish #42, in this issue we learn of Jason Cragg. whom gains the “Voice of Truth” a power that makes people believe what ever he says. but his hypnotic power enough to make me give him a good review? More importantly how does Ant-Man deal with a threat who’s very words can make everyone turn against him.
So, internet readers out there, hear my words, Read my comic book review to find out if Tales To Astonish #41 is worth reading? or does this ant-man story not measure up? (more…)
Tales To Astonish #41
November 1, 2011 | Drew | (1 Comment)
Prisoner of the Slave World!
Today my comic book review is of The Astonishing Ant-Man!,Prisoner of the Slave World From Tales To Astonish #41. Starting this review, I do find myself at a loss for word, It had alien’s, it had scientific kidnapping, it had Time and dimensional travel. but did it have the heart and soul of a good story?
When it comes to the reading of it, I can’t help but feel I read this same story before, with Thor in Journey Into Mystery #87 only aliens instead of communist. but did this one have enough differences to stand out? was it a good read? Or does this Ant-man Tale just not measure up to my expectation’s of our hero.
Tales To Astonish #40
October 14, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
The Day That Ant-Man Failed!
Even as I sat down and began reading The Day That Ant-Man Failed I knew, full well that the title of the story was misleading. But like every other issue, I read on prepared to be Astonished by our tiny super hero.
A few of the Ant-Man stories had the feel of a mystery, where clues that we may or may not get are laid to allow us to solve the crime. This one is no different. Told mostly from a wondering perspective this time, so that we truly don’t get the picture from anyone view but just what Stan and Jack wanted us to see.
Tales to Astonish #39
October 6, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
the Vengeance of the Scarlet Beetle
Unlike the last story, this one is told more so from Dr. Pym’s perspective as he investigates the strange activities as Ant-Man. Also quite contrary to Issues #38’s thought-provoking deeper meaning. this one features a large bug named the Scarlet beetle, whom not only has those qualities, but though communication’s organised insect kind with them.
Tales to Astonish #38
October 5, 2011 | Drew | (2 Comments)
Betrayed by the Ants!!
Sometimes when I sit down to write the comic book review’s I find myself with a loss for words; this is one of those times. that is not to say that Tales to Astonish is lacking anything to talk about, just a good point to start.
This story like the ones before it, I feel is another of feeling out and finding Ant-Man’s niche. His 2nd and 3rd story’s featured communist plots, and the 4th was more based on common crime.
This, the 5th story, is based on the idea that he has been a crime fighter, and crime is now deciding to fight back. The real question is, can they succeed. (more…)
Tales To Astonish #37
September 23, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
Trapped by the Protecter!
Having read the Ant-Man feature in Tales To Astonish #37, I feel this story and the one from last issue would have been better served in reverse. it feels like it covers a bit of what felt like was missing between the two.
While I would not call this a classic story, it was a good read. It also serves as a great crime fighting Tale. True to the title of the book, I feel the ending has an Astonishing twist. I would suggest reading this Ant-Man story as a classic crime fighting story.
Tales to Astonish #36
September 22, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
The Challege of Comrade X!
Last issue, Dr. Pym donned the Ant-Man costume and identity for the first time. between then and now it seems our hero has been busy. This issue does a great job of showing how Ant-Man is a general hero, helping out whenever he is needed. It also explains quite well how he knows when he is needed.
While I do feel there are gaps between Tales To Astonish #35 and this issue, I have an overall satisfaction with this story and it fitting into continuity. This story has a bit of hero development, how Ant-man does thing’s , gets around and such, but no development of Dr. Henry Pym. For now, I do feel that is acceptable.
Tales To Astonish #35
September 14, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
Return of the Ant-Man
Following up on yesterday; I read Tales to Astonish #35. As I am sure you knew or have guessed, it’s the next issue to feature Dr. Henry Pym. This time however, he takes up the role of super hero for the first time becoming Ant-Man.
This story is a great follow-up to the first, serving as a wonderful sequel, and a good explanation on how a scientist with a bad experience becomes a hero. This time, with a plan of keeping him around for a while, given the regular feature spot in Tales To Astonish with this issue.
Tales To Astonish #27
September 13, 2011 | Drew | (1 Comment)
the Man in the Ant Hill
Today I am focusing on reviewing the story the Man in the Ant Hill, From Tales To Astonish number 27. Why would I pick out this story instead of one of the others in this volume? Well, that would not be apparent until 8 issues later when Dr. Pym, the star of our story returns.
At this point though, I won’t spoil who Dr. Henry Pym is, or will become. In this book he is just a scientist, no ambitions of being a super hero even hinted yet. In fact I believe this tale was published as a one shot, it reads and stands on its own as a great short story. I suspected no one was more astonished than the authors on Dr. Pym’s return and ultimate popularity. So if you’re a fan of what’s Dr. Pym is to become, or just of interesting classic Science Fiction, this is a good read. (more…)