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51: Tales to Astonish #41 (v1)

" Prisoner of the Slave World! "
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Tales to Astonish #41 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief:
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Writers: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
Pencilers: Don Heck
Inkers: Don Heck
Colourists:
Letterers: Artie Simek
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Cover Date: March 1963
Release Date: December 1962
Story Arc: -
Pages: 10
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,286                 Times Rated: 675
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Tales of Suspense #39a (v1)
Tales of Suspense #39d (v1)
Tales to Astonish #41 (v1)
Amazing Spider-Man #1a (v1)
Amazing Spider-Man #1b (v1)
49: Tales of Susp...
#39a (v1)
50: Tales of Susp...
#39d (v1)
 
52: Amazing Spide...
#1a (v1)
53: Amazing Spide...
#1b (v1)
 
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Henry Pym's and his scientist colleagues are captured and transported to a different dimension. They are told to build a death-ray which their captor plans to use on the peace-keepers of his world. Ant-man will have to learn to communicate with the "ants" of Kulla's world in order to defeat him.
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Main Characters
  Ant-Man
Ant-Man last appeared in Tales to Astonish #40 (v1). Ant-Man next appears in Tales to Astonish #42 (v1).
     
Villains
  Kulla
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Kulla in the mainstream continuity.
     
 
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Ant-Man Cybernetic Helmet
Ant-Man Cybernetic Helmet last appeared in Tales to Astonish #40 (v1). Ant-Man Cybernetic Helmet next appears in Tales to Astonish #42 (v1).
 
     
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  TStarnes Says:    
  2011-10-18 18:27:18  
  Alien Ants....Stan really was scrapping the bottom of the barrel for Ant-Man some issues.  
 
 

  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-19 23:42:59  
  I think ol' Stan was on a first name basis with the bottom of that barrel at times. haha  
 
 

  rebelmswar Says:    
  2011-12-22 10:48:21  
  This was pretty gash to be honest, but the look on some of the faces of the aliens is pretty humorous.  
 
 

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-06-30 11:32:25  
  So an alien race or whatever are so advanced they can develop a dimensional transporter but need American scientists to create a death ray for them? I'm lost for words at the stupidity of that logic.  
 
 

  Ice Says:    
  2012-07-21 14:15:48  
  It's the second or third time super advanced aliens have kidnapped Silver Age scientists for their good ol' American know how, Dark Knight93.

This issue is...not good. But, I think it's significant as the good guy pretty much kills the bad guy.
Lots of bad guys have been hit by their own death rays. But, it's always due to accidents or the bad guy's own evil/stupidity.
In this one, Ant Man forces his alien ant slave army to use the death ray on the bad guy. He killed him. I'd say that's pretty significant.
 
 
 

  deeplennon Says:    
  2012-07-22 21:28:13  
  Yes, typical Marvel 1963 here, but at least it's a change from the typical Ant-Man yarn (No mini-cannon launch with a mound of ants softening the landing miles away). More though, I feel this issue deserves historical recognition for its (at the time) unique panel usage, it seems in March 63 at least Heck was willing to redraw the boundaries (so to speak) more than Kirby was.  
 
 

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-13 14:18:04  
  Alien ants are the best kind of ants.  
 
 

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-10-23 10:26:38  
  I actually kind of like the alien ants as a concept, though this story as a whole is certainly less than stellar. I am, however, really liking Don Heck's art though  
 
 

  Donuil23 Says:    
  2012-10-29 17:12:26  
  Automatic flop for having the same plot as JiM #87 only 3 months earlier.  
 
 

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2012-11-18 10:41:13  
  I agree, donuil23  
 
 

  edgar987 Says:    
  2012-12-22 21:10:15  
  The daring panel layouts however were nice.  
 
 

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-19 18:06:33  
  I likede it. Thought it was better than the usually below average Ant Man adventure.  
 
 

  Psychopat Says:    
  2013-08-27 20:00:50  
  I liked the alien ants but the rest of the story is over cliché!  
 
 

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-09-08 20:33:27  
  Heck can draw people and backgrounds pretty good, his aliens leave something to be desired. Story was poor.  
 
 

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-10-03 19:47:21  
  First off I must say that I love the cover art. It is so intense and the feeling of isolation is strong. After getting past the cover I wasn't really expecting much after the last few issues not being great. And again the villain was the first character to be introduced, or so I thought. Then the issue got interesting. Overall I enjoyed the story, I just wish the bad guy could have been more memorable.  
 
 

  VenomousIntent Says:    
  2013-11-15 14:47:10  
  Those tyrants better watch out because the heroes are out to kill. First Iron man, and now Ant-Man. The heroes are starting to cross boundaries ... I like!  
 
 

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-01-05 19:19:03  
  2 stars for Kulla and alien insects.

Cover Me - I wouldn't call that an alien world. My floor looks like that.

Hairballs - Kulla and the resistance fighters have hair, but not the guards. Just sayin'

'Nuff Said - "What?! That puny insect stop the mighty Kulla! Ha! Ha! Ha!"-Kulla
 
 
 

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-01-13 19:56:18  
  1.I like the splash page. Good color, good layout.
2. The art is very good in this one. I like Heck.
3. The alien ants look sweet but that was a big gamble. How did he know they would be there?
The story was good enough for Silver Age Ant Man, and an extra star for the artwork and the ants...3 stars.
 
 
 

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-01-30 20:08:43  
  I find it so funny that everyone always is so happy to see Ant-Man! It's always "Ant-Man! Thank Heaven you're here!" or "If anyone can save the day, it's Ant-Man!"

I like Don Heck's artwork in this one, especially Panels 4 and 5 on Page 7, where Pym is bounding down the guard's boot. That's one thing I will give the Ant-Man comics some credit for... interesting uses of perspective.
 
 
 

  zengosm Says:    
  2014-04-17 08:27:15  
  This issue was ok. I like Ant Man a lot, but I like Ant Man when he's at his cheesiest. This is the first time someone's tried to step on him, so that's significant.  
 
 

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-05 23:04:44  
  Better than the average Ant-Man comic, although I am getting sick of the whole "aliens kidnapping american scientists" shtick... Pretty wild to see a comic hero full out murder someone though.  
 
 

  Carlo Says:    
  2015-10-05 12:53:31  
  You know scientists are disappearing and you might be next - so you let a stranger in who just knocks on your door and says he'll wash your windows for free? Scientists are smart, right?  
 
 

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-23 10:43:35  
  Awful  
 
 

  yack Says:    
  2015-12-22 13:03:22  
  The art is good in this one, but the story is starting to repeat itself.  
 
 

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-03-10 19:36:31  
 
  • In the early 60’s, good guys smoked the pipe and bad guys, the cigar!

  • Kulla looked like the Alice Cooper of that dimension.

  • Not the best story – the scientist kidnapping is kinda getting old now – but a nice change from the Ant-Man’s usual MO (intel ants tipping him off, catapult/cannon, etc.).

  • Kirby’s Ant-Man looks good, Heck’s even better!
 
 
 

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-04-11 23:43:48  
  Actually my favorite Ant Man so far. No Scooby Doo ending. No honey ants. Pluses in my book. Yes, the scientists thing is getting old. Also, why haven't they kidnapped Reed Richards. He is a genius scientist right?  
 
 

  chademe Says:    
  2016-08-28 12:19:36  
  It lost credibility with me when he asked "How could Paul have left a locked room?" Maybe it has something to do with that keyhole you just crawled through.  
 
 

  Murphynator42 Says:    
  2016-10-24 21:18:55  
  This was...bad. Are we sure Ant Man wasn't developed especially for Stan to poke fun at himself? Because this title tends to veer much too close to self parody  
 
 

  ScottG12 Says:    
  2016-11-13 16:06:59  
  This is a rehash of what happened to Thor in Journey into Mystery #87, except this one is even worse somehow..  
 
 

  Slam Says:    
  2017-11-10 17:55:42  
  Tough one to rate. The story is awful. But Don Heck is a breath of fresh air.  
 
 

  Zid Says:    
  2017-12-09 00:57:10  
  These alien beings seem to have stolen the same outfits the Xartans wore in Journey #90  
 
 

  jennychan Says:    
  2018-01-12 10:57:26  
  Did Henry Pym commit murder at the end?  
 
 

 
 
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Essential Ant-Man, Volume 1
 
This collection includesTales to Astonish #35 (v1), Tales to Astonish #36 (v1), Tales to Astonish #37 (v1), Tales to Astonish #38 (v1), Tales to Astonish #39 (v1), Tales to Astonish #27 (v1), Tales to Astonish #40 (v1), Tales to Astonish #41 (v1), Tales to Astonish #42 (v1), Tales to Astonish #43 (v1), Tales to Astonish #44 (v1), Tales to Astonish #45 (v1), Tales to Astonish #46 (v1), Tales to Astonish #47 (v1), Tales to Astonish #48 (v1), Tales to Astonish #49 (v1), Tales to Astonish #50 (v1), Tales to Astonish #51a (v1), Tales to Astonish #52a (v1), Tales to Astonish #53a (v1), Tales to Astonish #54a (v1), Tales to Astonish #55a (v1), Tales to Astonish #56a (v1), Tales to Astonish #57a (v1), Tales to Astonish #58a (v1), Tales to Astonish #59 (v1), Tales to Astonish #60a (v1), Tales to Astonish #61a (v1), Tales to Astonish #62a (v1), Tales to Astonish #63a (v1), Tales to Astonish #64a (v1), Tales to Astonish #65a (v1), Tales to Astonish #66a (v1), Tales to Astonish #67a (v1), Tales to Astonish #68a (v1), Tales to Astonish #69a (v1)
Marvel Masterworks: Ant-Man/Giant-Man, Volume 1
 
This collection includesTales to Astonish #27 (v1), Tales to Astonish #35 (v1), Tales to Astonish #36 (v1), Tales to Astonish #37 (v1), Tales to Astonish #38 (v1), Tales to Astonish #39 (v1), Tales to Astonish #40 (v1), Tales to Astonish #41 (v1), Tales to Astonish #42 (v1), Tales to Astonish #43 (v1), Tales to Astonish #44 (v1), Tales to Astonish #45 (v1), Tales to Astonish #46 (v1), Tales to Astonish #47 (v1), Tales to Astonish #48 (v1), Tales to Astonish #49 (v1), Tales to Astonish #50 (v1), Tales to Astonish #51a (v1), Tales to Astonish #52a (v1)
     
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   November 29, 2017 TStarnes Added Ant-Man Cybernetic Helmet listing.
   November 22, 2017 TStarnes
   November 20, 2017 TStarnes
   July 21, 2014 Neskit Added Kulla to the issue.
   June 18, 2014 TStarnes Changed comic details.
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