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74: Tales to Astonish #45 (v1)

" The Terrible Traps of Egghead! "
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Tales to Astonish #45 (v1)
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Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Writers: Stan Lee, H.E. Huntley
Pencilers: Don Heck
Inkers: Don Heck
Letterers: Artie Simek
Cover Date: July 1963
Release Date: April 1963
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Pages: 13
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,175                 Times Rated: 623
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Ant-man and the Wasp face the return of Egghead! In his new deadly scheme, he has found a weapon that even makes Ant-man's courageous companions cower in fear!
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Main Characters
Ant-Man last appeared in Tales to Astonish #44 (v1). Ant-Man next appears in Fantastic Four #16 (v1).
  The Wasp
The Wasp last appeared in Tales to Astonish #44 (v1). The Wasp next appears in Fantastic Four #16 (v1).
Egghead last appeared in Tales to Astonish #38 (v1). Egghead next appears in Tales to Astonish #57a (v1).
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Ant-Man Cybernetic Helmet
Ant-Man Cybernetic Helmet last appeared in Tales to Astonish #44 (v1). Ant-Man Cybernetic Helmet next appears in Fantastic Four #16 (v1).
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  chrisWhite Says:    
  2012-06-27 16:47:45  
  Why, why would they bring Egghead back? Sigh.  

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-07-03 11:48:48  
  These Ant-Man stories are beginning to drag on. It might just be my imagination, but it seems like the speech bubbles in ToA are getting too long. Plus the Ant-Man stories are now featured in 13 pages, which is way too long as well.  

  Ice Says:    
  2012-07-22 14:33:45  
  I won't say this is a good story, by any stretch. But, it does have a couple things going for it that Ant-Man stories usually lack.
First, Egg-Head isn't a particularly great villain, thus far. But, the book takes on a whole different feel now that Ant-Man has an arch villain,of sorts.

And, second, The Wasp actually kicks some ass! And, that's crazy rare for Silver Age comics.

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-15 18:41:40  
  There are no words in the English language, and probably no words in any other language for that matter, that can describe just how excited I was to see a friggin' ant-eater kickin' it in the background on this cover. I'm starting to love Egg-Head as a villain, and I was "cracking up" at the beginning when he was just sitting there staring off into space babbling about ants. But seriously, let's break this down: Ant-Man battles a lizard like he was in a jousting tournament, swings an ant-eater around by his snout, and the Wasp flies around kicking some major ass. By the way, in my opinion, the Wasp is the first REAL female superhero in the Marvel universe, since Sue Storm hardly does anything. Plus, the Wasp WANTS to go out and fight crime.

Jesus Christ almighty, do I love Ant-Man.

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-10-26 15:43:34  
  I'm giving this 3 stars, even though it barely deserves it. Mainly for the fact that Jan really fights in this issue, which is very rare for the time period that this story was written and published in.  

  Maidel Says:    
  2012-12-08 04:23:41  
  The return of the egg head. A man with a head that is egg shaped on every page EXCEPT the front cover....


  metsguy Says:    
  2012-12-24 01:28:36  
  Is it just me or does Don Heck's inking of hisown pencils in this issue look a little like Klaus Janson or Bill Sienkiewicz?  

  edgar987 Says:    
  2012-12-25 21:06:18  
  I really liked this. Great panel layout. good art. Decent story. And Jan (who is the most important female in marvel imo)kicking ass.  

  Dopey Says:    
  2013-01-06 00:06:51  
  Don Heck did a great job in this issue. With Egghead setting up shop in a reptile house, we get to see some pretty cool art.

I place myself in the camp that is happy to see Egghead back in the picture. Up until now, Ant-Man hasn't seen anything resembling an arch-nemesis, an Egghead is an awesome foil for Mr. Pym; both being failed scientists.

The story was definitely convoluted, and this is one of the only reasons that I'm not going to be generous with my rating. Egghead's plan hinged on some pretty heavy odds, and the fact that The Wasp was set up so easily ticks me off. Egghead gaining prestige as a lecturer on wasps in order to host a convention at the zoo, the theft of jewellery for use as bait, the unbeatable trap that Jan got herself out of easily, the Iguana Joust, the Anteater lasso and the fact that the two protagonists do not just solve life or death situations with a dose of 'growth gas' all were quite unbelievable. I must disagree with an above commenter and say that more pages would be a good thing for Ant-Man comics. If only so that Stan's ridiculous plot arcs could have room to properly lay themselves out.

I enjoyed seeing a weapon for our two protagonists. I'm unfamiliar with both heroes, and don't know if they keep them, but it's good to see that the two are being developed.

One star for Don Heck's artwork. One star for a recurring villain. One star for Ape and Twister, whom I rather enjoyed.

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2013-01-20 10:17:51  
  Anything with egghead doesn't deserve more than 1 star in my book  

  spbailey9101 Says:    
  2013-03-18 18:08:40  
  I'm rather surprised by my following words...But I LOVE THE WASP. She brings a super power to the TtA comics, and she's not a super genius or a martial artist or a former low life. That never happens.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-21 11:11:15  
  This guy is supposed to be a freakin' genius and his diabolical weapon the 1st time is flypaper, followed by an anteater in this issue. I'm looking forward to their next encounter when he brings a fly swatter (I hope). The Wasp is saving this strip right now, because most of the time it seems like they're trying for a satire of superhero stories.  

  Kaduken Says:    
  2013-08-06 15:45:24  
  Heck's art in this comic kept making me lose track of where the action was taking place in this issue. It felt like there was too much jumping in too quick of a succession. I did really like the unconventional paneling, though. Not a great comic by any stretch, but not the worst either. The Wasp/Ant-Man dynamic is getting to be the most interesting thing about the series to me.  

  TheGrandIgloo Says:    
  2013-08-20 22:11:29  
  Is it just me, or was this issue extremely dense?  

  Psychopat Says:    
  2013-09-14 08:40:34  
  Egg-Head is not the best villain but I'm starting to love it.... and I really like The Wasp! 3 stars for an Ant-Man story it's really good!  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-10-10 19:00:31  
  Oh look, the girl of the team demoted to hero-bate and kidnap victim. At least she comes through in the end and helps save the day. I love it when villains come together and start to bicker amongst themselves.  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-11-07 01:22:57  
  This one was ok, but I didn't find it that enjoyable to read. I do like Heck's art in this though. Little teaser of Wasp's sting there. Not too bad.  

  VenomousIntent Says:    
  2013-11-22 07:42:07  
  He used an ant as a mount ... so cool!  

  VenomousIntent Says:    
  2013-11-22 07:43:43  
  These comics are getting a lot better with Huntley and Heck handling the stories.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-01-24 20:50:33  
  2 stars for the Anteater!

Cover Me - Hmm...the trap on the cover doesn't match the one inside. Now that's a evil lookin' anteater on the splash page!

Mutation - When Egghead is reminiscing about his old atomic job. He thinks back to his old bosses with their grey faces, and white hands ???

Trivia - What type of wasp does Egghead like? A Bald Face Wasp, but of course!

Technobabble - The Electronic Dewelding Gun is really just a soldering gun!

Somebody's Watching Me - That is a funny panel of the bad guys watching wasp entering the trap. Evil looking eyes on top, Egghead wearing an ski mask in the middle, and Scooby-Doo eyes at the bottom!

'Nuff Said - "It's best if you don't try to think, Ape! You haven't the equipment!"-Egghead

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-01-26 20:56:54  
  1. Mighty anteater on the cover. Don't see that too often.
2. Striker is a name that gets reused in a different context
3. I got lost in this one....a lecture somewhere...then another one at the zoo...then something about a diamonds cutter. Not getting how it all fits.
2 stars

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-02-16 11:11:35  
  I'll hand it to Egghead, he doesn't skimp on a plan. The lengths he went to in this one just to bait the trap alone was worth the issue.

I also like how Pym just phones up Janet and she says "Yes, this is she. Ant-Man?!? I'll be right over!" which means he must have said something along the lines of "Hello, Janet Van Dyne? It's Ant-Man! Come over quick, I need you!"

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-07 21:14:56  
  Figures, it's the Wasp's first real issue as part of the team and she's stuck playing the damsel in distress... It's too bad really, I actually really like her! Just remind me again why Ant-Man wanted a partner?  

  rodyoungerblood Says:    
  2015-05-26 19:29:56  
  Not good  

  hendrica Says:    
  2015-11-16 00:02:19  
  It never seems to make sense to me why Ant-Man doesn't ever use his growth serum to get out of these tight jams. An anteater can't eat you if you are human sized.  

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-23 10:57:01  
  Egghead. Why.  

  yack Says:    
  2015-12-23 10:05:47  
  Always liked Egghead so nice to see his return  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-03-17 21:50:11  
  • That’s my line – “This is a waste of time! Why don’tcha just step on him when he shows up?” (Ape). – Makes so much more sense! Methinks Ape has better equipment to think than Egghead!

  • Twister and Ape were interesting foes whose only mistake was to trust a man who had already established he could be outsmarted by Ant-Man, while themselves were able to escape him. Would be nice to see them again!

  • Egghead began studying social insects on his first appearance in the series so the continuity is interestingly respected here.

  • The ant-eater in the splash is nice (and angry!), but the inking felt a bit sloppy here and there in this issue, which is so unlike Don Heck.

  • I like that the Wasp was able to make herself truly useful during a battle and came up with the idea of a weapon that just might befit her. This is more that we can ever say for Invisible Girl so far.

  • Not a bad story at all. Some clever ideas were used at the zoo. But the whole thing would have been much better without Janet’s obsession over Hank. 3 stars.

  • And… First time I comment on a filler story, but “It Walks Like a Man!” is so familiar it’s a classic!

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-04-20 19:41:22  
  Wasp stings the competition and...anteaters. Okay.  

  kent18 Says:    
  2016-11-04 07:03:52  
  So far, the best two Ant-Man stories in the reading order thus far have both been Egghead stories. Just coincidence... or does the fact that Henry Pym now (finally) has a hateful, obsessive arch-enemy all his very own actually *contribute* materially to the series, on the whole...?

3 stars for the story, and a fourth for the glorious Don Heck artwork.

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-06-11 19:36:59  
  Two stars for Depressed Egghead! Yay, Egghead, the one Ant-Man villain that I like.  

  jennychan Says:    
  2018-01-12 19:58:17  
  Art looks like it's from the 1970s.
And we finally get to see animals try to eat Ant-Man.

  UncannyAddiction Says:    
  2018-01-25 23:56:16  
  That Carlos the robot story was a bit freaky.  

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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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