Tales to Astonish #38 contains another adventure of Ant-Man. In this issue Any-Man has seriously but a dent in the activities of the criminal underground and thus they are plotting a way to take out the costume hero. Luckily, they are able to hire Egghead (I bet you can’t guess what his power is) to help them take out Ant-Man. As his name would imply, he is soon able to surmise that Ant-Man is communicating with the ants. Egghead is soon able to devise his own device to turn the ants against Ant-Man.
While the story is serviceable, I had to laugh when Ant-Man showed off one of his newest gadgets: spring loaded shoes. Yes, they are as goofy as you are picturing them to be. Also, if Ant-Man has the strength of a full grown man, wouldn’t he be able to just be able to overpower the stickiness of the fly paper? I know when I’ve touched it before I’ve never been held fast by it. Also I love the fact that Egghead also has an egg-shaped head as well.
Once again, this issue also contains two other Twilight Zone-like stories. The first one, “I Found the Impossible World,” follows a man‘s trip one million years into the future, which proves to be an interesting story. In addition, there’s an extremely short story called, “Secret of Statues,” which is a fun little tale featuring statues that are more than they appear to be, but is far to short to provide much of anything.
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
- Writers: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
- Pencilers: Jack Kirby
- Inkers: Dick Ayers
- Letterers: Johnny Dee