Tales to Astonish #40 continues the saga of Ant-Man and this time he has to take on the dreaded Hijacker. Okay, so he’s not really dreaded. Actually, so far Ant-Man is really lacking in the villains department. I think you know you have a villain problem if your best villain so far is a super smart, talking beetle, but anyways, I digress. This issue features the Hijacker, who as his name would suggest, has been holding up and robbing armored cars and leaving the guards guarding them dazed and confused. It is up to Ant-Man to set trap to catch him before he can strike him again.
This story would be perfectly average, if it were not pretty much the exact same story from issue 37, just replace the Protector with the Hijacker and jewelry stores with armored cars. I do however, like that that Ant-Man almost hit a bird when he used his little catapult. It would’ve been pretty funny if he had gotten eaten in like midair, which would’ve made for an actual original story.
Once again, Ant-Man shares this issue with two other stories. The first one, “I was Trapped in the Mad Universe,” which features a kid finding an awesome marble and then running into himself. I definitely enjoyed the direction that this story went. The second story, “The Worst Man on Earth,” features a criminal in the future who was caught and imprisoned in what is an ultra cushy cell, at least at first glance. I have to say I really enjoyed the ending to this story, it really was a holy shit moment.
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
- Writers: Stan Lee
- Pencilers: Jack Kirby
- Inkers: Sol Brodsky
- Letterers: Artie Simek