Episode 169: The Superhero Beat (Tales to Astonish #62) -- December 1964
In this episode:
Mike and Ed discuss Giant-Man’s exclusive interview with the Daily Bugle. What did the Bugle have to agree to in order to get the exclusive? Were there questions that were not asked? Or did Giant-Man choose to give the paper an exclusive because of their historically heavy superhero coverage? Also: What was the cause of the giant plant that almost destroyed the entire city? Is there going to be an investigation so that we can be assured it will not happen again? Or do we just count on Giant-Man to rip it out from the taproot each time it happens?
Behind the comic:
The Daily Bugle’s first appearance was in Marvel Mystery Comics #18 in 1941. In the Marvel Silver Age, the paper was first mentioned in Fantastic Four #2, but it quickly became central to the Spider-Man storylines. This issue was an uncommon example of the paper taking a more (somewhat) significant role in a non-Spider-Man issue, but mostly the paper is used as the generic “newspaper” anytime a paper or a reporter is needed in any New York-based story.
In this issue:
A criminal steals Giant-Man’s costume and technology and uses them to commit crimes. At the same time, Hank Pym has created a serum that is causing plans to grow out of control, creating a massive public safety issue. Fortunately, Giant-Man is able to steal his costume back and fix the plant problem.
Assumed before the next issue:
People are more wary of giant plants.
This episode takes place:
After Giant-Man has fixed the problem that he created.