Tales to Astonish #36 opens with the Ant-Man rescuing bank robbers from a bank vault and the police wondering how he seems to know to show up whenever he is needed. Luckily the mystery is quickly revealed that Ant-Man has setup a network of ants that basically serve as listening and communication devices throughout the city‘s police stations and newspapers offices, which, yes, is as goofy as one expect. In addition, he has equipped himself with an ant sized elevator and catapult, also incredibly goofy. I mean seriously, why would he need such a setup?
Anyways, eventually the Soviets have become aware of Ant-Man’s exploits and have desire to learn his secrets so they can use it for military applications. Thus they send the dreaded Comrade X to capture him and bring him back behind the Iron Curtain so that they may learn his secrets. One nitpick on this issue is if Ant-Man has such a large network, how does it work if his signals are blocked by glass?
Continuing the split nature of this series, this issue also contains two issue reflective of the original spirit of the series. The first one, “The Hands of Time,” features a story of a clock that allows the user to manipulate time via moving the hands of the clock, which was actually a pretty good issue. The other story, “The Search for Pan,” as the name suggests, follows a man‘s quest for the legendary Pan, which is unfortunately not nearly as good.
- Editor: Stan Lee
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
- Writers: Larry Lieber
- Pencilers: Jack Kirby
- Inkers: Dick Ayers