Tales to Astonish #43 features another not so astonishing Ant-Man tale. After seeing the cover proclaim that Ant-Man would be facing the Mad Master of Time I was really hopefully that he would finally be getting an awesome villain, what I got was Professor Elia Weems. Professor Weems is fired from his job due to being too old and therefore decides to take revenge on the city by making a ray gun that will make everybody old unless they make him the boss of the city.
I mean really Professor Weems’ plan makes no sense to me. Why is he going after the entire city? Seems to me that if he wanted to get revenge he would go after the boss of the company or the board or something. I’m not sure how going after people who no nothing of his humiliation is going to satisfy his revenge. Also, he hardly comes off as a mad master of time and so the wait for an actual good villain continues.
If you didn’t already know, let me also tell you that these issues also have two back up stories that have nothing to do with Ant-Man or the larger Marvel Universe, really. The first of these stories, “Frankie’s Fast Ball,” is a pretty bland story about Frankie, who has a really, really fast fastball. The second story, “My Fatal Mistake,” is also a bland story, that you can see the outcome coming from a mile a way when a man seeks vengeance on the computer that replaced him. Also, it was pretty funny seeing the room sized computer while reading this on my laptop (man have computers come far)!
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
- Writers: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
- Pencilers: Don Heck
- Inkers: Don Heck
- Letterers: Ray Holloway