Comic Book Tales Issue 22 - Ant-Man - July 17, 2015

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1) First appearance:

Tales to Astonish #27 (Jan 1962) created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers -

2) His first appearance was a 7-page spread titles "The Man in the Ant Hill". The character was not envisioned as a super-hero until the sales results were reported. At this point, Stan Lee thought it might be fun to make him a super-hero.

3) Who has worn uniform:

Hank Pym, Scott Lang, Eric O'Grady and Chris McCarthy

4) Jumping off point:

Tales to Astonish #27

5) Top Villan:

Egghead first appeared in Tales to Astonish #38 (Dec 1962) created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby

6) Movies like comics:

Sort of, but we will have to wait and see.

7) Why I like him

I began reading the Avengers (Issue 217 in March 1982) when Hank Pym was already long past his Ant Man days (and was the disgraced ex-husband of Janet Van Dyne). This led me to want to know how this character had gotten to this point and what led to his downfall. The fiction turned out to be more interesting than the truth.

What I like involves his potential and not his current abilities. I love the spy aspect of his character and think he should always have been a SHIELD agent, not just the later incarnations. Think about the ability to be a literal "fly on the wall" in a spy scenario. Amazing.

He lacks much in the way of power and simple interesting villains. This is why the character has never been able to hold down his own title and why he always needs to play a co-star role.

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