TALES TO ASTONISH #36-37 (1962)

I’m grouping these two issues together because, collectively, they’re less than a full comic book worth of Marvel 616 story. Two short Hank Pym tales, with nothing of great importance.  The most interesting parts are the little details and gimmicks, like Ant-Man’s chosen method of transportation (above).  And the diagram of his base.

The villain in #36 is Comarade X, who turns out to be Madame X, a.k.a. the Russian agent Nina Tsiolkovsky. She will return many years later when the West Coast Avengers books start reminiscing about these old Tales.  Her unmasking is kinda cool…

In issue #37, Hank gets hit with a water gun.

It’s hard to take a character seriously who is beaten by a hose set on “spray” and saved by a piece of candy.

Still, reasonably fun stories.

Creators: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby

Grade: C

THE INCREDIBLE HULK #2 (1962)

He still looks like Frankenstein, and this still has a very “horror” feel to it. This issues starts with Hulk emerging from a swamp and the locals running in terror. …

STRANGE TALES #101 (1962)

With issue #101, the monster anthology comic Strange Tales starts running Human Torch solo stories.  In the grand tradition of never leaving money on the table, Stan Lee knew the…

HULK! MAGAZINE #15 (1979)

After a meh Hulk story, we get a two-part Hulk/Moon Knight story that is phenomenally good. One of my favorite Moon Knight (and Hulk) stories in Hulk! #15: An Eclipse…