Tales to Astonish #35 sees the return of Hank Pym and him donning the Ant-Man mantle. Since he was last seen Hank Pym has developed a fascination with ants and trying to figure out how they communicate. Pretty soon this leads him to creating a helmet that allows him to tap into the wavelength that the ants use to communicate to one another. In addition, this issues reveals Ant-Man’s signature costume, which apparently is a steel mesh made out of unstable molecules (which is what allows the suit to shrink and grow with him apparently).
It’s a good thing that Pym has decided to develop these things, because while doing that in secret he was also working on an anti-radiation gas for the U.S. Government, which another country (whilst on unnamed I’m pretty sure is the Soviets) sends spies after to get. It is now up to Hank Pym to test out his new gear and seek the help of the ants in the anthill for help. Along the way it is also revealed that even though he has shrunken down he still retains the strength he had at full size, which means he’s really good at beating up ants.
In addition to the Ant-Man story this issue still retains some monster/horror stories, including “The Thing From Outer Space,” which features a forbidden planet full of identity stealing plants and “The Door to Nowhere,” which features a closet that, as far as I can tell, is the gateway to flatland by the looks of things.
- Editor: Stan Lee
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- Writers: Stan Lee
- Pencilers: Jack Kirby
- Inkers: Dick Ayers
- Letterers: John Duffy