Episode 21: Introducing Ant-Man (Tales to Astonish #36) -- October 1962
In this episode:
Mike and Ed discuss the latest superpowered individual. What are his powers, exactly? Where are these powers coming from? And what is his motivation for doing the job that police officers are paid to do?
In this issue:
Ant-Man seems to be everywhere. The issue opens up with him rescuing thieves who have locked themselves in a bank vault during a botched robbery. Thousands of miles away, the leader of the USSR decides to send “Comrade X” to capture Ant-Man and learn how he is able to change his size so that his troops will be able to take over the world. We return to the US where a young woman visits the police asking to be put in touch with Ant-Man. They don’t know what to tell her - Ant-Man just shows up when he is needed. We, the reader, learn that Ant-Man communicates through ants throughout the city, and when someone mutters “Ant-Man”, he knows he is needed.
Anyway, Ant-Man visits the young woman, who warns him that Comrade X is in America and intent on capturing him. Ant-Man heads off to confront Comrade X, easily dispatching his goons with the help of thousands of ants before confronting Comrade X, who turns out to be the young woman. It turns out she was Comrade X all along, disguised as a man. The Coast Guard shows up to take custody of the Russian spy as Ant-Man moseys away on an ant.
Assumed before the next episode:
The West is reeling once again to learn of yet another Russian spy on American soil.
This episode takes place:
After Comrade X has been arrested and the public have learned of the existence of another Russian spy.