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Episode 105: Mix-ologies (Tales to Astonish #52) -- January 1964

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What if the Marvel Universe was real? Mike and Ed are radio commentators in 1961 discussing the ramifications of a world with super heroes, monsters & aliens. Why is no one asking, "Is Ironman a good use of StarkCorp shareholder capital?"
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In this episode:

Mike and Ed discuss the Black Knight, a 14th century themed supervillain who flies a winged horse from ancient mythology. Is the winged horse Pegasus from Greek mythology, or one of many from Norse Valkyrie myth? Also, Giant Man shrunk during the battle. Is this verification that he is really Ant-Man? And what does his change in branding mean? Who has control of Ant-Man’s ant surveillance network?

Tales to Astonish (1959) #52 | Comic Issues | Marvel

In this issue:

Giant-Man battles criminals who are planning to sell scientific secrets to the Chinese, and succeeds in defeating them. One of them is Professor Garrett who, after being charged with crimes against the U.S., flees to a small Balkan nation. He is inspired by a statue of a winged horse to mutate a horse into a flying stallion. He subsequently returns to the U.S., dresses in medieval armor, and starts committing robberies. Giant-Man battles this new Black Knight high above the city skyline. He is captured and hogtied, but escapes by shrinking down to ant size. The Wasp rescues him before he plummets to the ground below, and they engage the Knight once more, finally defeating him (although he escapes).

Assumed before the next episode:

People are making the link between Giant-Man and Ant-Man.

This episode takes place:

After the Black Knight has been defeated