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Tales to Astonish (1959) #53 Cover

Tales to Astonish (1959) #53

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brizzenden member

That little exchange between the Wasp and Giant Man while they are falling. Besides the fact that they had such a lengthy chat during a 2 second drop, how crappy did they want the Wasp to look that she completely forgets how her powers work? It would make sense if Stan figured she didn't have that instinct to shrink because of the stress of falling, but he didn't think that. If he did he also would have thought about how stupid a full on conversation could take place during a fall. Yes, I get that it was a device used to bring up how the characters' powers worked for people starting with that issue, but what a poor way to handle that. Stan Lee is one of (if not singularly) the most influence icon in comics. But for someone who apparently had such a sense of superiority amongst the writers of the time, he sure did put out some garbage dialogue and plots at times.

Elrast plus member

I have to wonder... how come the Porcupine seems to be the first villain to realize that Ant-man and Giant-man are the same? Everyone else is always astonished when Giant-man "disappears" by changing into Ant-man... even though they both have the Wasp as a sidekick...

quartertwain member

I enjoyed the conversation that The Wasp and Giant Man had in the approximately 1.5 seconds that it takes to fall 30 feet.  "Wasp, something hit me, I lost my grip", "I'm falling!", "Quick Jan...take a reducing pill before you hit bottom!  Move Girl", "B-but what good will that do?", "If you turn into The Wasp in time, you can fly to safety!  Don't worry about me...I'll be alright!  Now quick.....swallow it!", "I'll never know how you think so fast....even in emergencies!", "There! I did it! If only it will work in time!", "Good girl, you saved yourself!  Now fly out from under me, before I fall on you!", "I'm out of harms way now, but what about you Hank??  How can you break your fall?", "It won't help me to turn ant size....I sprout no wings when I do!  My best bet is to remain large!", "My muscles, being twice their normal size and strength, enable me to do a full flip before striking the ground, slowing my speed and letting my legs absorb the full force of the landing!"  I also enjoyed how he is able to create air resistance at speeds nowhere near terminal velocity, and how his muscles allow him to defy the law of conservation of momentum.  I'm surprised none of these writers died though Darwinian mishaps.  In my mind's eye, I can see Stan Lee flapping his arms as he jumps from the Statue of Liberty.

JackStamper member

"I'm glad the Wasp is out of the way. The enemy is too strong!" means: "Obviously fighting alongside the wasp makes me weaker, instead of stronger." Hank Pym...you're an idiot.

All in all though, an enjoyable story, with a surprisingly competent porcupine. But that's not much of an accomplishment...

dgorhcards member

Why the missing issues until the advent of the Hulk? Not popular enough?