Challenge 2: Day 186: Tales To Astonish #49 (1963)

COMIC TITLE: Tales To Astonish #49 (1963)
Jack Kirby– Artist
Stan Lee–Writer
November 1963
Marvel Comics

Tales_to_Astonish_Vol_1_49Tomorrow is technically the day Marvel and Disney are 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 the wait to finally see it on the big screen is over (there are sneak peaks tonight). That is why since it’s Throwback Thursday I figured we would take the time to check out one more key issue in the saga of Ant-Man and today’s is definitely special. We are checking out Tales To Astonish #49 which was released in November of 1963 and was once again written by Stan Lee (Spider-Man) and illustrated by the late, great Jack Kirby (every Marvel superhero you love). In past issues, we checked out the origins of how Dr. Hank Pym became Ant-Man and we also checked out how Scott Lang became Ant-Man, but we’ve never checked out how he became Giant Man. Hank has been working endlessly on how to make himself grow in Giant Man with almost little success. He’s grown big, but his body can’t handle the height. With the help of Janet van Dyne (Wasp), he finds a way in the form of pills to control his size. The only problem is that when he wants to test it, an alien being known as the Living Eraser sends him to another dimension. How will they make it back to Earth and what was the reason for this?

TtA49 - Giant-Man's First AppearanceThis was a very fun comic to check out and to be honest I have enjoyed these Ant-Man stories a little more than some of the other old school Marvel comics I have read. The one thing that drives me nuts about old school comics is some of the dialogue. For example, they are trying to get Giant man before he can escape and one of the aliens says randomly in a convo about how happy he is that he has this gun that does whatever it does. it’s just silly because you can see that it’s a gun, but they tell you, “Oh, I’ll just shoot them with this gun that I have.” Other than that, as I said the comic is a lot of fun to check out and it’s cool to see the dynamics between Hank and Janet because she is head over heels for him. I did like a lot of the comedy they added in there like the gardener freaking out over the appearance of a giant man and the interaction with the cops that he has is great too. The one thing that I will always say is that I absolutely love Jack Kirby’s work, the man truly was one of the best ever in the business. All the action sequences are enjoyable and it’s just cool to see how he handled the transformation scenes back in the day. Check out the comic, Marvel released it as part of their True Believers series for only $1 and check out the new film as well.

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

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