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111: Tales to Astonish #49 (v1)

" The Birth of Giant-Man! "
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Tales to Astonish #49 (v1)
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Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Don Heck
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Cover Date: November 1963
Release Date: August 1963
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Pages: 18
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,173                 Times Rated: 624
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Henry Pym has created a new means of changing his size. Not only has his shrinking vapor been changed into capsule form but he has found a way to turn himself into a twelve foot giant! Now with the threat of the Eraser it is a perfect opportunity for Giant Man to test his new power.
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Giant-Man last appeared in Tales to Astonish #48 (v1). Giant-Man next appears in Avengers #2 (v1).
Wasp last appeared in Tales to Astonish #48 (v1). Wasp next appears in Avengers #2 (v1).
  Living Eraser
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This is the first appearance by Living Eraser in the mainstream continuity. Living Eraser next appears in Marvel Two-in-One #15.
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This is the first appearance by Supremacy in the mainstream continuity. Supremacy next appears in Marvel Two-in-One #15.
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  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-23 11:12:34  
  It's a little green Ben Franklin! haha

Why would Pym's reflexes be "sharper than ever" when he's big? And shouldn't he have normal strength since he does as Ant-Man?

  TStarnes Says:    
  2011-11-23 11:16:47  
  I have never been able to understand the reasoning behind what happens to Pym when he changes size....it is really contradictory at times.  

  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-23 11:51:06  
  And it's uncharacteristic for these books to be contradictory. hahaha

Also, is Christian Dior the only fashion designer that Stan knows? This is, I think, the fourth issue that has mentioned him in reference to clothing. Stan seems to find ideas, comparisons, and metaphors and use them over and over. And over.

  Safis Says:    
  2012-05-24 21:35:53  
  I've only read a couple key issues of TtA, plus a few issues of other titles where he's appeared, but this is the first one I actually liked! The second panel of the issue had me groaning and thinking, can the writing GET any worse? But all in all, a solid story.  

  Bob Says:    
  2012-06-20 17:31:15  
  Stuck in a house like Alice in Wonderland. Perhaps that book was the main idea behind Ant-Man with all that shrinking and growing.

But I wonder how Pym could erase himself completely without leaving at least a hand in dimension 'Z'. ;-)

  Ice Says:    
  2012-07-27 00:28:02  
  Growing powers last longer than four hours? Take a reducing pill and call your doctor!

YAY! Confusing and contradictory new powers! Pym retains his strength at an inch tall. Can't even lift his limbs, any taller than 12 feet. And, at 12 feet he's super powered? Shouldn't he be relatively weak and slow?

Also, I'm pretty sure Ant-Man was already kidnapped and taken to another dimension to create nuclear weapons like...5 ToA issues ago.

  pik.asso Says:    
  2012-08-04 02:04:50  
  Bob, yeah, that's exactly what I had in mind! How can the eraser-tool erase itself?

But other than that I quite liked that issue. At least more than all the previous Ant-Man-stories.. I always wondered why Pym needed to shrink to ant-size to catch some of the bad guys. Some of his problems seemed much easier to solve in normal size!

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-08-04 11:52:32  
  Ant-Man/Giant-Man continues to reuse previous plot ideas, which is annoying. The addition of The Wasp has made these stories more tolerable, however with no creativity behind the stories they're just simply stale.  

  chrisWhite Says:    
  2012-08-04 15:41:46  
  I can't wait for feminism to be invented in Stan's reality.

Ice, I noticed the same thing, the whole issue felt like déją vu.

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-19 13:20:41  
  This is a story that I enjoyed even though I'm still disappointed that Marvel decided to go this route. One of the main reasons I enjoy Ant-Man stories is because, unlike every other superhero, he has to come up with unique, creative ways to defeat his villains, and not brute strength. Ant-Man stories, for all their faults, were inherently different from everything else going on in Marvel because he was smaller and had only a regular person's strength. Now, with Giant Man, he's just a taller version of the Thing, the Hulk, Beast, and every other hero who solves problems by smashing. I loved his connection to the ant world, and how he relied on ants to carry out his missions. I liked how he constructed miniature cannons to fire him off to different locations. Basically, by becoming Giant Man, everything that I loved about the Ant-Man character is done away with.

As I said, I liked this story, and the cover image is one that has stuck with me over the years. I just hate the idea of Giant Man.

  sputnix Says:    
  2012-10-07 19:33:03  
  I don't like this is of giantman I prefer ant-man, but whatever still a fun funny issue. " One billion solemn and I get the exquisite empty headers one." man Pym`s a jerk, he isn't getting laid anytime soon  

  cmp_doctor Says:    
  2012-10-21 17:50:16  
  I think I preferred ant-man better when he was just shrinking in size.  

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-11-03 14:37:42  
  Well this story has a blatantly recycled plot, and a ridiculous one at that. How come the inhabitants of Dimension Z didn't just watch an A-bomb being constructed and then copied the process? Kidnapping the scientists seems really, really unnecessary...  

  ringsting Says:    
  2012-11-14 04:15:54  
  And I thought that the molecule man was a bad enemy...seriously, why would a race that can transport between dimensions need help understanding "the atom"  

  Dopey Says:    
  2013-02-27 19:44:15  
  Aside from the plot being semi-recycled, the birth of Giant-Man was pretty exciting in my opinion.

Watching the growth/shrink method turn into pill form doesn't mesh well with me. It's very impractical. There are a lot of fixes that need to be made with Giant-Man's powers, but I will give Stan some leeway because it seems like the Marvel bullpen has a lot on their plate, and Pym's new alter-ego is fresh off the press. In about 20 comics, I'll start criticizing if nothing has changed.

Kirby shone in this issue, he does very well in the Alien/Other Dimension themed issues.

I think that Giant-Man will fit in much better among the Avengers. It's gotta be hard to hold up when you're competing for panels with strong goons like Thor and the Hulk.

Jan saved the day again. Twice. :)

One star for Kirby. One star for Jan. One star for hot digs being sold in the woods.

  rebelmswar Says:    
  2013-03-12 20:14:48  
  I trust an hope those odd eyelashes of his will be explained.

Also, still waiting to find out where The Wasp hides that huge needle she uses as a stinger,there is a dark suspicion growing in my mind though the more she speaks.

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2013-03-21 16:21:07  
  Ant man was getting stale. This was a nice change of pace  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-05-02 09:28:37  
  Henry Pym seems to become more of ana**with each issue. I like the Wasp, but her affection for Pym is inexplicable.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-25 20:03:05  
  I don't care for the Eraser, but the sci fi adventure in another dimension was fun. Wasp contnues to be the bright spot in this book.  

  Alex Daily Says:    
  2013-08-10 09:02:42  
  @rebelmswar The stinger, like her antennae and wings, are embedded into her skin at a size unnoticeable when she's at full size. They just stay the same size when she shrinks.

I really just want them to stop referring to women as those pesky "females". Get with the times, Stan.

  Psychopat Says:    
  2013-10-23 10:34:13  
  I'm a bit disapointed by Giant-Man's origin.... I tought that Pym would take the growth gas first by mistake instead of the reducing one and discover he becomes a Giant this way  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-10-29 22:30:01  
  I expected this one to be better than it was. I like the new ideas that were introduced, but the villain was a bit boring. I still enjoy the interactions between Jan and Pym.  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-11-22 21:08:54  
  Is it wrong that I kind of liked Giant Man? I thought the art was pretty decent. Story was standard. And of course, a new villain who were show up some more times, who of course I'm interested to see him used again, Eraser.  

  VenomousIntent Says:    
  2013-12-09 17:26:25  
  Finally, Giant-Man at last. The beginning of Henry Pymm's psychosis. I love how Henry Pymm wears his emotions on his sleve. He is either hot or cold and this issue really started to highlight those sides of his personality. O how Henry will fall hard as he grows as both a heroic and troubled character.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-02-11 11:06:37  
  3 stars for Giant Man!

Cover Me - What the heck is going on with that TV?

Splash Page - You gotta love Giant Man busting out of the house like that! Also, how fashionable is his gardener? Purple & Gold rocks!!!

Hanna Barbera - I know they had Atom Ant, but I could of swore there was a G.I. Ant cartoon also...Does anybody else remember it?

What's In A Name - I would love to see other planets and dimensions being called something other than X & Z! How about Planet P, or Dimension J...

Eraser's Race - I liked the Living Eraser, and his world. The weapons were interesting, and the Hunter Hound was so cute!

Guard Tower - On page 12, panel 2 How practical is it for 3 guys to work in a tiny dome with limited access only???

Fanboy - How cool would it be to see Dimension Z attack the 5th Dimension with the Human Torch, Thing, Giant Man, and the Wasp being caught in the middle?

Spinoff - Or, how about the Living Eraser becoming a superhero, and having a sidekick named the Living Pencil...

'Nuff Said - "Farewell, human...you have been...erased!!"-Living Eraser

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-03-23 03:22:32  
  1. He would have an enormous schweinstuker...voof!
2. Good villains and I like the backstory and transport method.
3. If they can't harness the atom how can they have an atomic powered transport device?
Good to see him finally using his technology in a more practical way...3 stars

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-03-23 11:39:25  
  Considering how well Kirby's art showcased Ant-Man's diminutive form, with interesting angles of perspective and such, I found his art here fairly stale in portraying Hank in a larger size. I can't place my finger on it... it just didn't seem all that dynamic, especially the scene with him atop the buildings in Dimension Z. The sense of scale just wasn't there for me.  

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-29 00:35:08  
  Finally, another change to the Ant-Man comics! Everyone seems to be complaining that his powers are contradictory, but I think they actually did a pretty good job with the whole relation between strength and size. After all, when he first turned into Giant-Man by accident he WAS relatively weak, so it's not like they didn't acknowledge it. Oh well. Not the best story, but again Jan makes it. I'm just looking forward to seeing her portrayed as anything other than ditzy and lovesick.  

  Zimek Says:    
  2014-08-09 11:50:25  
  Invent a machine to watch other dimensions. Invent a gizmo to travel between dimensions. Be on higher level of science and still go to Earth to capture scientists from earthlings, because somehow you cannot find out how to make a-bomb. As I recall, alien's aircrafrs got bombs. So what's the problem? That is just silly story - and what's worse, it's not the first one of that kind.
By the way, I found Wasp talking about how much she loves Pym very annyoing. Have I lost something? When she stopped flirting with him instead of saying 'you're love of my life'?!

  Ryumit Says:    
  2014-09-10 12:16:56  
  I have rated this 4 stars because I actually quite enjoyed it. Not really enjoyed the Ant Man stories so far the dialog is always boring to read and the wasp is irritating.

However, Giant Man was a bit refreshing from the mundane stories that normally appear. I agree how is he stronger etcetc, but whatever, not bothered it was still a lot more enjoyable!

  CosmicCostello Says:    
  2014-10-11 23:51:32  
  "Meet... The Eraser! You have been... Erased!" This guy is another complete nut living out his power fantasies with such un-self-consciousness that I find it hilarious. The way he's posing there with his pregnant pause before saying to someone (who is no longer even all there) "you have been... erased!" It just cracks me up.

Plus an extra star for, finally, the appearance of Giant-Man. I only wish they'd have kept his costume the same as Ant-Man's. Henry Pym may do a lot wrong, but he designs a kickass looking helmet to talk to ants, IMO!

  CosmicCostello Says:    
  2014-10-11 23:56:55  
  All I can say in regards to Henry Pym getting laid any time soon is that he clearly much be pretty handsome or Janet wouldn't be wasting her time on such a non-romantic clod all the time. (Or is he? Maybe Henry is just always playing hard to get so Janet always has the "thrill of the chase.")

And I can think of some pretty interesting things a guy who can become ant-sized or 12 feet tall could do that would keep a blasé, rich debutante interested in him regardless of his super-heroics and giving her superpowers.

  olgamon Says:    
  2014-12-29 04:52:18  
  I enjoyed reading this one, but it'd get another star if his powers were more...consistent.  

  Chiwaruchk Says:    
  2015-01-13 12:43:29  
  Making fun of "savage antics" could have been avoided...  

  J-Smack Says:    
  2015-01-29 12:11:38  
  This guy is hilarious. When he's first introduced, I mean...come on, he jumps out of the shadows and starts erasing you. The expressions of horror on the victims faces--"No! Noooo!"...eh, maybe I'm just a troubled individual.

Oh, and Hank should have known that no one can avoid the clinging bands.

  Carlo Says:    
  2015-10-27 21:21:05  
  His size seems off. He's supposed to be 12 feet tall, but he's holding those aliens in his hand.

And Jan isn't empty-headed, Hank, you jerk.

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-21 20:35:14  
  There are still carp loads of poor writing in this, but the best Henry Pym story yet. I am glad he can change his size in different degrees now.  

  wingot Says:    
  2015-12-07 21:01:18  
  Found this one to actually be quite enjoyable. However, hasn't there already been a villain that "erased" people into an alternate reality (Strange Tales, Johnny Storm, sinking houses)?

I for one feel that the "weaker" as he gets bigger seems quite realistic based on the rules that have been established. He keeps his original strength when changing size, but if he goes *bigger* he has more mass to move around, whereas when smaller the same strength is applied to a more localised point (and allows him to make incredible jumps and such). Course, then he picks up a dozen aliens without trouble when Pym would have no chance of doing so as a human.

  TonyRolloBrownTown Says:    
  2015-12-22 15:28:03  
  Fun story and I enjoyed it overall.

So they can use extremely advanced physics to actually transport and view another dimension.... But they can't make an A-bomb.

  gonzo Says:    
  2016-01-22 17:40:18  
  This is still the worst series in the order by far, but seeing Giant Man wreck shop in Dimension Z was kinda boss, I must admit.  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-04-02 21:41:02  
  • That’s my line – “Even when you call me ‘honey’, you make it sound… medicinal!” (Janet van Dyne)

  • That TV set on the cover is some trip down memory lane!

  • @Locust75: Your spinoff idea cracked me up!

  • Nice going with your house, big boy! Now try and explain that to your home insurance company!

  • The banter between Hank and Janet has improved a lot! Now she’s completely hysterical!

  • Best way to have someone mess something up is to color-code it! Imagine the possible consequences with Alice-in-Wonderland pills.

  • It was inevitable that at some point, he would be able to grow bigger. Cool and practical decision. I decided to make my life easier and ignore all contradictions regarding size and strength.

  • I don’t know yet how I feel about that change. And as GroovyGolem says, part of the fun in this series was to have an ant-size view with amazing perspectives. I was getting used to these little critters. I wonder if Henry stayed friends with the ants and has some tea with them once in a while.

  • The eraser device is a powerful object that makes its user look stupid in public.

  • Hounds are cute in Dimension Z!

  • Despite all the recycling, this was nevertheless a nice ‘alien’ story. 3 stars.

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-05-16 21:46:33  
  Liked Giant man so far. Even though this was a recycled plot it was semi-interesting.  

  Calion @ Phantasmagoria (original post):    
  2016-05-26 12:02:58  
  They'd have to know exactly where those top-secret facilities are.  

  Calion Says:    
  2016-05-26 12:13:50  
  Apparently the erasing circuit was also made of unstable molecules. C'mon, folks, limits are what make stories interesting!

This was dumb, as are most Ant-Man stories (guess it's good that Ant-Man didn't get his own title!). Two stars.

  kent18 Says:    
  2016-11-06 19:50:41  
  "Featuring... The Super-Menace of THE LIVING ERASER!"

... or, as he was more commonly referred to by the rest of the Marvel Bullpen, "Mr. Colletta." ;)

A reasonably breezy and exciting little read, enhanced by some terrific Kirby/Heck artwork, while simultaneously marred by some genuinely venomous nastiness on the part of the ever-churlish Mr. Pym. (He really *is* a colossal douche nozzle, isn't he...?) Three stars.

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-06-11 21:09:35  
  "Wax on. Wax off."  

  unicornvader Says:    
  2017-08-09 11:27:05  
  Jan - "I miss it when men don't whistle at me!" ... Just no. There is so much wrong with that sentence, I literally cannot deal.  

  qwybie Says:    
  2017-12-01 19:43:55  
  I'd just like to note that Jan does most of the actual work in this issue. She's clearly the better superhero. Hank just hits a couple people and gets caught multiple times.

I already want a Wasp solo.

  jennychan Says:    
  2018-01-14 09:05:40  
  Grant Morrison would have had the characters REALLY be erased from continuity.

The Wasp is the better superhero. Pym does not appreciate what she did for him.

As far as the controversial and historical notion to have Ant-Man become Giant Man, yeah it probably was to inject something new and make Pym seem more powerful.

Inconsistent powers + art + plot though.

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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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