Tales To Astonish #63:The Gangsters and the Giant!

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The tale starts out this month much like so many comics, in a training routine with Giant-Man pushing and honing his phyiscal capabilities. This is done while the wasp times him and flirts with him. This is ended by the arrival of a police officer who summons our hero’s (or at least Giant-Man, with the was joining as well) to the police station. All of this taking place with Giant-Man taking the most outlandish route while the Wasp rides with the officer, the net effect, the chef telling the tale twice to our hero’s , once to us (with the arrival of the wasp)


It is here that the story takes place, trying to demask and capture the Wrecker, a villain of the month hardly worth his time on the pages. The story overall underwhelming, and spoiler alert:

The Wrecker plays a key part in his own capture by selling the hardware store to our hero’s to do it. The entire demenure of that scene, the feeling, fails to fit logically in my mind with what is happening. Even the sale of a store in the neighborhood he is robbing blind seems contrary to what i would expect. I would welcome someone to explain in the comments if they find it clicks in their heads. To me this weakness is just one key example of what is otherwise a weak story overall from begining to end.

Characters & Development

In this story we have a throw away villain and no real growth for our hero’s. There is a little work to explain why and how Giant-man is getting better and less clumsy (as he was when he first arrived on the scene). But as a whole there is no real value added.

Originality & Continuity.

The same can be said here, just as it does not develop anything, it is not needed for the continuity and not an overall original feeling story.


I take no issue with the work of Carl Burgos in this tale, but I also choose to offer only a few examples in this review. Perhaps overal the art is brought down by the story, but it also fails to save it with any major stand out panels or moments.

Book Information:
Cover Date: Jan 1965
Read At:
  • Stan Lee
  • Carl Burgos
  • Chick Stone
  • Sam Rosen
Review Ratings:
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  • Giant-Man
  • The Wasp
  • The Wrecker (and gang)




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