Episode 78: Superhero handoff, and chain of custody in vigilante justice (Tales to Astonish #48) -- October 1963


In this episode:

Mike and Ed discuss Alex Gentry, “The Porcupine”, a government scientist who stole the Iron Man-like armor that he had built and attempts to use it for a life of crime. Ant-Man figured out who the Porcupine was, but Gentry still escaped and is at large. Who is responsible for tracking him down? Also, how dangerous are porcupines anyway?

In this issue:

Alex Gentry invents a porcupine battle suit while working for the US government and decides to throw his previous life away for a life of crime as… The Porcupine! His first order of business is to rob a bank while looking like a porcupine, which he does. Ant-Man and the Wasp happen to be at the bank in their civilian guises, and decide to investigate. Ant-Man eventually tracks down the Porcupine, who is ready for him. The Porcupine tries to drown Ant-Man, although he escapes. He and the Wasp then return to battle the Porcupine and defeat him by spraying liquid cement all over him. The Porcupine then flies away, vowing to improve his porcupine battle suit (the fact that it flies isn’t enough) and do battle once more.

Assumed before the next episode:

The world feels safer knowing an ant and a wasp can take down a porcupine.

This episode takes place:

After the Porcupine is defeated by Ant-Man and the Wasp.