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Episode 117: Super Inconspicuous Spies? (Tales to Astonish #54) -- March 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 possibility Giant-Man and the Wasp are working for the CIA. What are the risks of having American superheroes attempt to overthrow Communist regimes overseas? And who thought it would be a good idea for a 12-foot super-strong hero dressed in bright red to be the guy who sneaks around in a foreign country? Maybe this would have been a better mission for Spider-Man, or even Ant-Man…

Tales to Astonish Vol 1 54 | Marvel Database | Fandom

In this issue:

The country of Santo Rico has elected El Toro as their president. El Toro was backed by the Communist bloc of countries, and Giant-Man is unhappy about that fact. Giant-Man receive a call from the government in Washington. They want him and the Wasp to travel to Santo Rico and pose as tourists, all the while gathering evidence of a communist plot in the election of El Toro. Giant-Man and the Wasp, in their civilian secret identities, are immediately identified as spies, leading to the Wasp being kidnapped and Giant-Man changing into his superhero outfit and battling El Toro, who seems to have offensive capabilities of his own. Giant-Man tears through the country looking for his partner. He rescues the Wasp, defeats El Toro, and unearths evidence of ballot box stuffing, which leads to the overthrow of El Toro and the return of a democratically elected leader.

This episode takes place:

After El Toro has been overthrown.

Assumed before the next episode:

People are wondering whether superheroes should be involved in foreign affairs.