Cover Date: August 1963
“…When Cyclops Walks the Earth!”
Plotter: Stan Lee
Scripter: H.E. Huntley
Penciller: Don Heck
Inker: Don Heck
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
What’s Going On?
Since crime rates are so low, thanks to the work of Ant-Man and the Wasp, Henry and Janet decide to take a vacation to Greece.
Once there, though, they learn that there is a giant monster terrorizing the boats in the area. The duo investigates and come face-to-face with a gigantic cyclops! Can the two insect-sized heroes defeat an enemy that is six stories tall?
Is It Good?
It’s not great, but Jan and Henry are starting to develop some personalities, and that makes a big difference here. The monster plot is dumb, though.
- The Ant-Man and Wasp, who operate in New York City, ran out of crime to fight.
- The Cyclops turns out to be a robot, controlled by aliens.
- Janet is more important to Henry than he has acknowledged.
- The Wasp carries a “stinger” with her now. It appears to just be a pin.
- This is the first appearance of the A-Chiltarian alien race.
Comics Are Goofy:
- How is Ant-Man changing direction here? Remember, he has been catapulted through the air; he doesn’t have any flight abilities.
- Henry, you are smaller than ants. You’re close enough to the deck already.
- How convenient. I wonder how frequently we’re going to be seeing wasp nests going forward.
- The Wasp uses her growth gas to return to her normal size because it is a practical solution! This shouldn’t be weird or surprising, but it’s a pretty novel solution in this title.