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Comics Should Be Good Top 50 Countdown! – #35

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Tales to Astonish #35

Hank Pym made his debut in Tales to Astonish #27, making him the most famous character introduced in the twenty-seventh issue of a comic book, but his debut was a bit different than you would expect. You see, when introduced, Pym was just your standard science-fiction character – a scientist who found he could shrink to the size of an ant.

However, with the superhero boom, Stan Lee decided to bring the character back, but this time, using his size-changing ability as a superpower as the new superhero, Ant-Man!

This story was his debut as Ant-Man, along with the costume.

It was the first of a three-part story, plotted by Stan Lee, scripted by Lee’s brother, Larry and drawn by Jack Kirby (with inks by Dick Ayers).

Like most comics of the era, the bad guys were dirty, dirty Commies.

There are not too many notable 35th issues out there, and the first Ant-Man, surprisingly, is the top one!!


What about Marvel Premiere #35, featuring the stunning debut of 3-D Man? Or Per Degaton’s debut in All-Star Comics #35? I’m telling you, these are gold!

Hank Pym made his debut in Tales to Astonish #27, making him the most famous character introduced in the twenty-seventh issue of a comic book

Brian Cronin takes irony to the next level

Graeme, Brian, #27 is kind of obvious; I think others would agree the debut of Epoch in Quasar #27, would be “the most famous character introduced in the twenty-seventh issue of a comic book.” No??

Well, I’m sure one other would agree, anyway.

There’s something about that number, 27, flying out of nowhere like that. That’s it! It’s an omen. I shall become . . . a Number 27.

nonono, 27 will obviously be Animal Man #27, the first one of Milligan after that overrated Morrison guy, in which Buddy “takes a leak” on the sidewalk AND chomps on a horse

I can’t wait to hear what happened in Quasar 35!

Oops. I am not anonymous. Not that anyone cares.

One of my all time favorite comics. I was glad to have the King sign this beauty before his passing.

And here I thought DC had the market cornered on silliest comic covers from the 1960s…and yet, I somehow find myself liking it.

Daniel O' Dreams

June 29, 2008 at 4:57 pm

Yeah, pointing a gun at the ground to try to shoot something the size of an ant is NOT a good idea.
Kids don’t try this at home….

The Fiendish Dr. Samsara

June 30, 2008 at 12:53 pm

In all seriousness, Ant-Man’s origin ends up being interesting because of this switch from #27 to #35. The first story is a Science Horror story: they laughed at me at the Academy and all of that. Having Hank then find the need to return to his fearful invention is kind of neat.

I don’t know: I’ve grown much more fond of Dr. Pym the last year or so since he became my daughter’s favourite. :D

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Always liked Hank Pym. i came to know him in Avengers #225-230, abouts. This was after he was in jail, busted out by Egghead [great Villain!] and the Masters of Evil, made to work in Egghead’s lab due to being considered a felon/disgraced hero. He works secretly to create a way to defeat all the Villains, which he does right under Egghead’s nose! After, when the Avengers realize that he was innocent, they invite him back as Yellowjacket, but Hank says no, as he realizes that he needs to get himself together. i know that some others really dislike Hank Pym, but in this storyline, he displays great heroism and self understanding. Classic characterization, great story telling, good stuff.

Ant-Man does have kind of a stupid helmet tho’

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