Jazz trumpeter Trago learns from an Indian snake tamer that through his instrument he can hypnotize reptiles and even humans! Trago returns to New York with a plan to hypnotize the entire city and rob all the unprotected banks. It is up to Ant-man and the Wasp to stop this treacherous trumpeter.
@thomassp74 Several black pedestrian can be seen throughout the Amazing Spider-Man issues. I too felt bad about Korr, and it's a little surprising to see him die since comics were still aimed at children at the time.
Oh and I agree, Jane is the best looking female in the Marvel universe currently, too bad she is this horribly offensive 60s stereotype of a woman.
I really like how Ant-Man is now giving some of the ants names. It goes a long way towards showing how closely connected he is getting with them. Also, a criticism about Ant-Man is that he doesn't have much of a personality, but honestly, for someone who had the love of his life murdered, and who spends the vast majority of his time either alone in a lab or surrounded by insects, this is actually very consistent for his character. Wasp is changing that, of course, but it still makes sense to me. As for this story, the villain was "eh," but I liked the stuff with Korr. Funny how a criminal becoming yet another faceless jazz musician is seen as a "happy" ending.
I actually really enjoyed this one. It has a soft, gentle tone about it that makes it distinctive even though it's premise is very similar to an earlier Ant-Man story from the 1960s. I didn't even mind the little bits of casual racism and sexism that creeped into the story from the culture at the time it was drawn, written, and published. My favorite details are that Trago isn't overly evil(as so many villains were in the 1960s), and that Henry has started to give the ants names. I was actually very touched by how he felt for Korr, and really liked the ending lines of the story.
On the first page of this issue, I read "Featuring: Trago! The man with the magic trumpet!" Then I cried. The worst part is that it's still - after 81 issues - only 1963. When is it that this nonsense ends?
"These macabre plots! Th-they're PIERCING MY BRAIN, stealing my senses away! STAN LEE... He'll enslave THE WORLD with this rubbish and there's NO WAY TO STOP HIM!"
"They're creating horrible images inside my brain! I -- I can't STAND IT! Jesus... Help! Help me before I go SCREAMING MAD!"
This is the first page, paraphrased.
The story actually has some bright points inside of it that changed my final outlook on this issue. Namely Jan and Heck. Jan's character development is going in the right direction, she seems a lot like a hipster gal that I'd love to have on my arm for any social gathering, and Don Heck makes her look great.
The moral of the last few comics seems to be: give a criminal a second chance and pay the price of never ending terror. America hasn't changed in 50 years.
One star for one Heck of a cool snake. One star for Korr, the flying ant. The one that dies heroically for an ill-prepared Henry Pym that we were told carries reducing gas with him at all times but actually doesn't and to whom Ant-Man gives the honourable eulogy of "poor Korr, there's nothing we can do for him." The a-hole even uses the death of Korr as an excuse to dip out of a club early because he hates jazz music. Typical.
Sorry, but this is another of my personal vendettas with a Marvel character. I've never felt that Henry loves his ants as much as he should.
I was so "interested" in this story than i didn't notice that Korr was killed.
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