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Every day in April we will reveal the greatest stories ever told starring a particular character or written/drawn by a particular creator (and throughout the month, you’ll get daily chances to vote for NEXT week’s lists). These lists are voted on by YOU, the reader!
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Today’s list is the Greatest Hank Pym Stories Ever Told!
10. “The Day Ant-Man Failed!” Tales to Astonish #40
Stan Lee and Larry Lieber produced the story and Jack Kirby and Sol Brodsky did the artwork on this tale, where Ant-Man seemingly can’t stop a mysterious Hijacker. Of course, as it turns out, it is all part of Hank’s plan, including faking appendicitis!
9. “A Matter of Love…and Death!” Marvel Team-Up #59-60
A classic Chris Claremont and John Byrne Team-Up adventure (inks by Dave Hunt) with the villain Equinox trying to kill Spider-Man but instead seemingly kills Yellowjacket. Things turn out right in the end.
8. “The Court Martial of Yellowjacket” Avengers #212-213, 217
Jim Shooter, Alan Kupperberg, Bob Hall and Dan Green produced this memorable moment in Hank Pym’s life. Hank had recently decided to rejoin the Avengers when he felt that his wife, the Wasp, was growing tired of him. He figured becoming an Avenger again would excite her. Well, during one battle, Hank was so determined to impress her that he blasted a bad guy right when Captain America was busy trying to talk her down. The Avengers decide to court martial Hank. In #213, Hank basically snaps. He comes up with this asinine idea to create a killer robot that will attack the Avengers during the court martial and he’ll save the day and redeem himself in the eyes of his teammates. When his wife tries to stop him from this plan, he strikes her. By the end of the issue, he is no longer an Avenger and no longer married. Nearly every Hank Pym story from this point on referenced this event in Hank’s life.
7. Avengers Forever #1-12
Kurt Busiek, Roger Stern, Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino delivered this time-travel classic that paired the then “current” Hank Pym along with Hank Pym when he just became Yellowjacket on a team of Avengers plucked from the past, present and future, who have to take on Immortus and the Time Keepers, a powerful group that has been manipulating the Avengers for years. Both Hanks play key roles on the team and when everyone returns to their own time, Yellowjacket from the past manages to escape to the present to cause havoc later on in Busiek’s run.
6. “The Unspoken” Mighty Avengers #27-31
During this arc (written by Christos Gage and Dan Slott and drawn by Khoi Pham, Sean Chen, Allen Martinez and Mark Morales) the Avengers battle against an early leader of the Inhumans (the “Unspoken”) while Hank Pym discovers that he is the universe’s “Scientist Supreme.”
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