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More classic Marvel Silver Age goodness here. This volume kicks off with Tales to Astonish, issue #53, Mar. 1964. Giant Man battles the Porcupine, with art by Dick Ayer's, Jack Kirby's inker of the time. For me, the back up Wasp story in this issue is of a significance to me, personally, because of a revival of sorts, of The Colossus from Tales of Suspense, issue #14, Feb. 1961, "I created The Colossus", with art by Jack Kirby. It was nice to see the Colossus monster reused here. "The Wonderful Wasp Tells a Tale" back up stories ended with T.T.A. issue # 58, Aug. 1964. Spider-Man appears in T.T.A., issue # 57, July 1964, with art by Dick Ayers, "On The Trail of Spider-Man!". In issue #59 , "The Incredible Hulk battles Giant Man". After this issue, Giant Man and The Wasp get a little edged out by The Incredible Hulk. With Tales to Astonish, issue #60, Oct. 1964, the book becomes a double feature between Giant Man and The Incredible Hulk.
Tales to Astonish, issue #65, Mar. 1965 Giant Man gets a new costume and helmet."Presenting The New Giant Man". The new costume was okay, but I still think that the original Giant Man costume was the best. With art by Don Heck on this issue.
Just for the record, for all Ditko completists out there, Steve Ditko pencilled Tales to Astonish, issue # 61, Nov. 1964, with inks by George Bell. In my opinion, George Bell's inks never complemented Kirby or Ditko, but from what I understand, George Bell was very handy to have around to get a quickie deadline on time. Mr. Bell was a life saver, who could knock those pages out.
For Giant Man and The Wasp, it all came to a end with Tales to Astonish, issue # 69, July, 1965. The Sub Mariner took over Giant Man's spot, with issue # 70. It really was the end of a era.
Even though he was'nt cover credited, it appears that Jack Kirby did most of the covers of this volume. And really nice covers they are. These covers in this volume are very classic, Silver Age Marvel, in the purest sense. My favorite Marvel period was the years between 1958 thru about 1968. After that time Marvel started to get that sort of bronze age beginnings feel to their books. Silver is so much brighter than bronze.
This Marvel Masterworks Ant Man / Giant Man volume 2 reprints Tales to Astonish issues #53-69. Written and drawn by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Dick Ayers, Don Heck, Carl Burgos, Bob Powell and Steve Ditko. This edition is a must have for your Silver Age Marvel Masterworks book shelf, and I highly recommend it. Cheers!
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This is the second and final volume of the silver age Ant-Man/Giant-Man series. It reprints the stories from Tales to Astonish #53-69. Henry Pym was going by the name "Giant-Man" during this time, although he still referred to himself as "Ant-Man" when he shrunk down to insect size. Ant-Man/Giant-Man never really became all that popular, despite being a founding member of the Avengers, and the feature was replaced by the Sub-Mariner in Tales to Astonish #70. Truthfully, the series was one of the weaker superhero comics published by Marvel Comics at the time. There's nothing inheritantly wrong with a size-changing superhero, but this series was not as well written or drawn as most of the other comics by the same publisher. Too many of the plots involved Giant-Man's sidekick/girlfriend the Wasp getting captured by the villain and subsequently being rescued by our hero. And speaking of villains, most of Giant-Man's enemies were pretty lame. None of the comics in this book are great, but they are fairly entertaining in their own way. And buying this book is a heck of a lot cheaper than picking up the original comic books (if you can find them).