“Betrayed By the Ants!”
Plot: Stan Lee
Script: Larry Lieber
Penciller: Jack Kirby
Inker: Dick Ayers
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Sol Brodsky
What’s Going On?
Apparently, Ant-Man has been extremely successful ridding New York City of crime. The criminal element comes to realize that they need to target Ant-Man before they can possibly resume their business.
The crooks hire a cocky astrophysicist with dubious morals, known only as Egghead, to plan a way to defeat Ant-Man, once and for all! His plan: to turn the ants against Ant-Man!
Is It Good?
It’s not bad. I disagree with the choice to make Ant-Man a well-known threat to crime, but aside from that, this issue has enough silly bug-related moments to make up for an otherwise generic plot.
- Egghead correctly deduces how Ant-Man communicates with ants, and then builds a device to replicate the process.
- The ants do not betray Ant-Man because they see themselves as equal partners in his missions.
- This is the first appearance of Egghead.
- We have a diagram of Ant-Man’s new spring boots! SPOOIINGG!
Comics Are Goofy:
- If a guy can learn everything someone named “Ant-Man” knows about ants from a book that is obviously aimed at children, then “Ant-Man” deserves what he gets.
- Ah, yes, the famous weaknesses of ants. Hilariously, this becomes a plot point at the end of the story.
- I guess criminals are a cowardly, superstitious lot.