“The Terrible Traps of Egghead!”
Cover Date: July 1963
Plotter: Stan Lee
Scripter: H.E. Huntley
Penciller: Don Heck
Inker: Don Heck
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
What’s Going On?
After his last confrontation with Ant-Man, Egghead has been a wreck, spending his time in a low-rent flop house, still shocked by his failure.
When he overhears some hoods discussing Ant-Man’s new partner, the Wasp, Egghead gets inspired. He will lure Ant-Man to his doom by capturing the Wasp and using her as bait!
Is It Good?
My common Ant-Man complaint —- that most of Ant-Man’s problems could be solved by using his enlarging gas and returning to his human size —- is compounded by him having a similarly-powered partner. Egghead’s plan and traps are silly, but none would present a problem if the heroes acted logically (or if there was an in-story reason why they can’t act smart).
- As part of his plan to capture the Wasp, Egghead builds a fake identity as a famous zoologist.
- Janet goes to one of Egghead’s lectures and spots some recently stolen gems. Instead of notifying the police or Ant-Man, she resolves to apprehend the crooks on her own.
- When the Wasp is eventually captured by Egghead, she contacts Ant-Man for help. When he shows, he finds himself in a trap with an anteater.
- After Egghead is defeated, we see that Janet is still pining after Henry.
- The Wasp makes use of a “stinger” for the first time; it is merely a pin, but it seems to work pretty well.
Comics Are Goofy:
- Egghead’s plan is to fake his way into being a renowned zoologist (why not be an entomologist instead?) so he can hopefully attract Ant-Man and the Wasp to a lecture, and then later draw the Wasp to a different event, which hopefully will lead to only her (and not the police and/or Ant-Man) getting trapped, which then will lead to Ant-Man walking into basically the same trap, and if they fight their way out of all that, the final line of defense for Egghead is gasoline-filled water guns. How can a plan this simple possibly go wrong?
- Confidence doesn’t indicate intelligence, Jan.
- The fact that this plan works is mind-boggling.
- Shouldn’t she have her normal human strength when she’s small? Why not punch through the hive wall? Why not just enlarge?
- Anteaters are less problematic for Ant-Man than you might assume.