Challenge 2: Day 172: Tales To Astonish #35 (1962)

COMIC TITLE: Tales To Astonish #35 (1962)
Jack Kirby– Artist
Stan Lee and Larry Lieber–Writer
September 1962
Marvel Comics

Tales_to_Astonish_Vol_1_35On July 6, 2018, Marvel and Disney are gearing up to release the latest chapter in the Ant-Man story in Ant-Man And The Wasp. That’s right, Paul Rudd (Scott Lang), Michael Douglas (Henry Pym), and Evangeline Lilly (Wasp) all return and I am so excited. That is why I figured since it’s Throwback Thursday and we have three weeks until it finally hits the big screen that I would take the time to check out some key issues in the saga of Ant-Man. So, I figured that there was no better place to start then to check out how it all started in Tales To Astonish #35 which was released in September of 1962 and it was written by the legend Stan Lee (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Larry Lieber (Journey Into Mystery) and it was illustrated by the late and great Jack Kirby (The Inhumans). Henry Pym has been busy in his office trying to perfect a serum that could make him small and a serum that could bring him back to normal size. After a brief scare with the experiment, he decides that he needs to learn the ways of the Ant to better understand what they do what they do. It’ll come in handy when Russian spies come to his lab to attempt to steal another serum that Hank and his team are working on.

tales-to-astonish-35-honeyThe thing that I loved about Marvel back in the day is that they helped you imagine that anything was possible as a kid. You were always like imagine if you could shrink to the size of an Ant and still have more power than a human? That was what was so great about all these comics and why we are comic book nerds in the first place. Now, I want you to remember that this comic is old school in everything from the writing style all the way to the artwork and I love it. Jack Kirby was one of the all time greats who brought us so many memorable characters and he did it again with this one. I absolutely loved the imagery especially with the honey in the gun (which you can see to the left) and a scene with a beetle that Hank has to outsmart. The story itself was great as it was divided in chapters and it had it’s turning points and dilemmas like any great story and it was executed well. If you get a chance to check it out, it’s featured in this months True Believers series so get it cause it’s only one dollar. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

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