Tales to Astonish #45 continues the adventures of Ant-Man and his new partner, the Wasp. This issue features the return of Egghead, who sadly is one of Ant-Man’s better villains, who is seeking revenge against Ant-Man for his defeat last time. Naturally Egghead targets the Wasp as a means to get to Ant-Man, because, you know, this is the ’60s and women can’t really do anything themselves.
I must say Egghead definitely sets up a pretty elaborate, but easily escapable trap, which also involves an anteater and a big lizard. You know for a smart guy, who was able to crack Ant-Man’s communication frequency, you would think that by now he would realize by now that Ant-Man is also pretty strong as well. In addition, Egghead don’s a disguise, but I’m not sure how that would work given that he literally has an egg-shaped head. I mean how many people have an egg-shaped head? Also on a completely unrelated note, at first I thought Egghead kept calling his henchmen ape as a way to be condescending, which would have been in line with his character, but I think one of them might have actually been named Ape.
In addition to the Ant-Man story this issue goes back to the normal formula, which means it features to backup stories. The first one, “Bronson’s Brain,” features a super smart man who leaves earth in search of his intellectual equals and is a pretty entertaining story. The second one, “It Walks like a Man,” centers around the relationship between a little girl and a robotic clown, which also ends up being another entertaining story.
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
- Writers: Stan Lee, H.E. Huntley
- Pencilers: Don Heck
- Inkers: Don Heck
- Letterers: Artie Simek