Nov 29, 2021

Episode 110: Super Performance Enhancing Drugs (Tales to Astonish #53) -- February 1964

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Edward Nevraumont
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In this episode:

Mike and Ed discuss the revelation that the powers of Giant-Man (and Ant-Man) come from some sort of pill. Can anyone use these pills? How small a dose can someone take? What types of societal problems could these drugs solve? What are the side effects? Also: Giant-Man is in a cast. Does he need a Giant Doctor?

Tales to Astonish Vol 1 53 | Marvel Database | Fandom

In this issue:

Giant-Man and the Wasp are putting on an exhibition of their amazing powers high above the city streets. Their old nemesis the Porcupine shoots a quill at Giant-Man, causing him to fall to the street below. He is able to avoid hurting himself too much by staying in his giant form. The Porcupine then decides to infiltrate Giant-Man’s fan club when they head to see Giant-Man, all dressed up as villains from his rogues gallery. He, of course, dresses up as the Porcupine and, once he is with the club with Giant-Man, he springs into action, attacking Giant-Man. The battle spills out into the street, but the Porcupine escapes. He has actually captured the Wasp and is holding her prisoner. The Wasp escapes, but the Porcupine has marked her with a tracker. This leads the Porcupine to Giant-Man and the Wasp’s secret base, where they battle once more. Giant-Man surprises the Porcupine by shrinking and then growing. The Porcupine grabs some of Giant-Man’s size-changing pills and swallows all of them, causing him to shrink out of sight.

Assumed before the next episode:

People are wondering when they will be able to buy pills that can turn them into superpowered giants.

This episode takes place:

After the Porcupine has been defeated by Giant-Man and the Wasp.