- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Marvel Comics; Cmc edition (March 18, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 078510822X
- ISBN-13: 978-0785108221
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.9 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,077,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essential Ant Man, Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials) Paperback – March 18, 2002
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Stan Lee and Jack Kirby originally started out scripting and drawing the adventures of Henry Pym, a scientist who developed a way to communicate telepathically with ants and subsequently used this technology to fight crime (most likely inspired by the film The Incredible Shrinking Man) but they soon moved on to other things and turned it over to Stan's brother Larry Lieber and frequent Kirby inker and western & war comic vet Dick Ayers. This was not uncommon, since as Marvel grew they just couldn't do everything. They also developed and handed off Thor, Iron Man, and others. Lieber and Ayers, while certainly accomplished pros, were not possessed of the magic synergy that Lee and Kirby had, so Ant-Man's exploits weren't quite as remarkable as the FF's or Spidey's. Eventually, it was decided to have Pym give his girlfriend, socialite Janet Van Dyne, shrinking powers, wings and "biological stingers", dub her the Wasp, and become his crime fighting partner. Soon after, he figured out how to grow ten feet tall and renamed himself Giant-Man. Other artists and writers soon followed, most notably Bob Powell, who drew a great Wasp, and the pair faced a mix of second string villians like the Human Top, the Black Knight, the Eraser, and other assorted aliens and mad scientists. In one memorable issue, Giant- Man accidentally enlarged a spider and was blocked from reaching his helmet controls to restore it to its normal size.Read more ›
Giant Man is my favorite character in all of Marvel and the Wasp is right up there too. It is hard for me to describe why I like them so much; maybe its the fact that others could care less about them. But if you are at all curious about them I would encourage you to give this book and these characters a try. The stories are fun, fast-paced and a perfect example of what Marvel was putting out at the time. Take a growth capsule and enjoy!
As such, the early Ant-Man tales come across as an ongoing battle for writers Stan Lee and his brother Larry to make Pym more interesting. This led to the introduction of the Wasp (Janet van Dyne), joining the Avengers, constant costume changes and power additions (enter Giant-Man), and a tacked-on backstory about Pym's first wife who was murdered by communists, none of which really worked for me. The endeavour definitely was not helped by the seriously underwhelming Rogue's Gallery. There was Egghead (a totally average mad scientist), Porcupine (a disgruntled engineer in a battlesuit, kind of like the Beetle only pointy), and the Human Top (a high rpm mutant who would get a less goofy name and costume later in the Avengers as Whirlwind). Those are pretty much the only ones worth mentioning by name.Read more ›
The enemies that Henry/Ant-Man has to deal with range from out-worldly aliens, mutated beetles and rogue Communist organizations (from the "Cold War" era) to forgotten, offbeat criminals. The arch-foe that I wish was one of them ... is Egghead! The first of Henry's rogues, an arrogant blowhard of an atomic physicist with devious schemes to destroy Ant-Man ... and I just can't take him seriously enough!* Villains like the first modern-age Black Knight (the evil one), the super-fast mutant Human Top (renamed the Whirlwind), the Living Eraser, the Porcupine and the Mandarin's disciple Madam Macabre I can tolerate, more or less. So the "yolk's" on you, Eggy. Plus, Attuma the would-not-be ruler of Atlantis pays a visit to the surface world again. There were two big changes in store for Henry. First, the introduction of wealthy debutante Janet Van Dyne, the Wasp (the partnership featured in ASTONISH # 44-69). Due to his first wife Maria's death, Henry hides his feelings for Jan within his heroism. Luckily, Jan's flirtations and sharp wit ease that pain because she loves him, too.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book collects stories of Ant Man/Giant Man and the Wasp from Tales to Astonish #27 and 35-69.
Henry Pym didn't start out to be a superhero. Read more
very good read,corny,and from another time but better than a lot of the new crap out now,but it should list as ant man/giant man as most of the book is giantman storiesPublished on April 19, 2013 by Mark White
As a young adult reader and not growing up with the characters of Henry Pym and Janet van Dyme, I was very skeptical about reading this. Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by B. Mohnkern
I bought Essential Ant-Man out of nostalgia and curiosity. I was aware of Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne from the Avengers and liked them immensely, but I was utterly unfamiliar with... Read morePublished on December 10, 2011 by Calamitous Clete
Ant-Man may be one of the most underrated superheroes, but this tiny dynamo can sure pack a punch. With 36 tales to astonish, there are enough episodes in Volume #1 to delight any... Read morePublished on April 28, 2010 by Gerry Griffiths
Used to own a comic book shop. This brought back all the memories and the reason I got into comics in the first place. Read morePublished on February 26, 2010 by Amazon Customer
This is a perfect collection for the Marvel collector or even just someone who wants to rekindle the old childhood memories of reading comic books. Read morePublished on January 4, 2006 by Jesse McGurk
Scientist Henry Pym creates a potion which can shrink any object down to microscopic size as well as a potion to reverse the effect. Read morePublished on July 9, 2005 by Michael Nella