Tales to Astonish (Vol. 1) #46

Credits:

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.

Sub-Plots:

  • 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.

Continuity:

  • 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.

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