Tales to Astonish #27 is another issue that is a transition with a series that got its began in the ’50s as series that featured monsters to one that begins to feature a Marvel Universe characters. This is in part due to the publishing deal that Marvel had at the time that limited the number of series they could publish. This issue features several stories, the most important of which, at least in regards to the Marvel Universe, is “The Man in the Ant Hill.” This story features the first appearance of Hank Pym, better known as the Ant-Man. In this issue Hank Pym has successfully created a formula that allows one to shrink and another one that allows an individual to grow back to normal.
Unfortunately for Hank he gets a little overzealous and soon finds himself shrunken down and out of reach of his growing formula. To make matters worse he has managed to attract the notice of an ant horde and thus is forced to flee into the anthill. Now he must find someway to get back to the growth formula and normal size while avoiding the horde of ants that are out to get him.
Now in this early issue one only gets a hint at him becoming Ant-Man, as he manages to communicate with one of the ants in the horde and is able to gain assistance form it. However, even without a true appearance of Ant-Man this issue is still worth a read just for the origins of Hank Pym. In addition, the other stories in this issue, which continue to the trend of monster comics that began in the ’50s, are entertaining in their own rights.
- Editor: Stan Lee
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
- Writers: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
- Pencilers: Jack Kirby
- Inkers: Dick Ayers
- Letterers: Jon D’Agostino