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Tales to Astonish (1959) #52 Cover

Tales to Astonish (1959) #52

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quartertwain member

Ok, so clearly Stan Lee, Larry Leiber, et al are consistent in their portrayal of The Wasp as an absent-minded, flighty, boy-crazy imbecile.  But is it possible that the writers don't bother reading their own comics?  Even if one could explain away the flying, full-sized Wasp in the previous two episodes, as some sort of horribly drawn perspective issue, there is no doubt that the old man in the elevator, two episodes ago, saw a full sized Wasp standing next to him.  It was the wings that caused him to believe that he was seeing things.  While I find the horribly misguided scientific understanding and profoundly dated sexual, political and cultural biases of these writers to be amusing, for some reason this inconsistency annoys me.  These comics don't fit together to form any sort of canon.  It's as though they were written to entertain children or something.  Go figure.

brizzenden member

I get your point but I don't think the old man had that reaction because of the wings but because she suddenly "vanished." It was stated in the issue where Giant Man measures himself that the new tablets work in a millisecond or microsecond. The wings still shouldn't have been there... Or do they? Wish the Leiber boys would have made up their minds.

JackStamper member

As Giant-Man villains go...the Black Knight was quite good! Even though the method of creating a Pegasus is really off (injecting blood cells from an eagle into a horse. Erm...that's a transfusion. A common ,edical practice. That obviously doesn't mutate the patient) the use of it and the other gadget was good, and while we don't have the most engaging of motivations, the character itself was very interesting as well.

The Wasp is terribly written, as usual, and the Backup-Tale was very weak, almost feeling, as if nobody knew, where to go with the story before arriving at page 3 (from five).