Tales to Astonish #37 continues the astonishing adventures of the one and only Ant-Man. In this issue Ant-Man confronts the Protector, a criminal who basically shakes down local businesses for, as his name would imply, protection money (rumor has it that he usually asks for around three-hundred dollars). In addition he is also packing a power disintegration ray gun. Will the Ant-Man be able to stop this criminal?
During the course of reading this issue I found myself really not caring about the villain, because my thoughts were around a couple of issues. The first one has to do with Ant-Man’s catapult and how much of range it has, because it seems like it shoots him all over the city. If it shoot him in a high arc, isn’t he pretty much squishing the ants that he is landing on? The second question that came to mind has to deal with the Protector’s getup. I mean seriously, look at the guy. What in the world is he wearing? It looks like a elementary kid came up with his costume or took his inspiration from the tramps that ride the trains. Either way he’s hardly an imposing figure to shake down money from people.
In addition, this issue also has two stories that would fit right in on the Twilight Zone, which is a much better descriptor than calling them monster stories. The first story, “Afraid to Dream,” features a man whose dreams literally come true the next day, which was a fantastic story. The other story, “The Star Raiders,” features a band of space pirates plundering the cosmos until the unexpected happens to them, which is also another interesting story.
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
- Writers: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
- Pencilers: Jack Kirby
- Inkers: Dick Ayers