Wraith's Comic Journey
      Today on my journey through comic book history, I read Tales to Astonish #48, from October 1963. This issue features the first appearance of The Porcupine. Yes. Really. That’s a person. Alex Gentry was a weapons designer for the US military who created a battle suit based on the porcupine. The site features hundreds of small tubes that can fire bullets, gas pallets, epoxy substances and my personal favorite “hypno disks.” Seriously, hypnosis was everywhere in The Marvel U. Gentry creates a porcupine suit and decides that he’s not getting enough pay or recognition for his brilliant contributions. Like his porcupine suit.
            So Gentry takes his suit, loads it up with various armaments from the munitions plant he works in, and stages a bank robbery. Ant Man and Wasp pursue him, but Ant Man is soon discovered, disarmed, and nearly killed…by being flung in a bathtub. Thankfully, Wasp rescues him, and they are able to stop the porcupine by pouring rubber cement all over him and clogging up his quills.

            This issue is also significant for very nearly giving me an aneurism when I realized that at this point, The Incredible Hulk’s tittle had been cancelled, but this guy…this guy, who so far has nearly been killed by a guy named Egg Head and his ant eater, and a guy in a porcupine costume who tossed him in a bathtub…was still thriving. I mean, I know he becomes Giant-Man soon, which is a HUGE improvement, but for God’s sake, how did he remain a fixture for THIS long?



You can read this and other classic Ant-Man tales in Marvel Masterworks: Ant-Man/Giant-Man Volume 1
-or-

Essential Ant Man, Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials)

You can read this and other classic Ant-Man tales in Marvel Masterworks: Ant-Man/Giant-Man Volume 1

      Today on my journey through comic book history, I read Tales to Astonish #48, from October 1963. This issue features the first appearance of The Porcupine. Yes. Really. That’s a person. Alex Gentry was a weapons designer for the US military who created a battle suit based on the porcupine. The site features hundreds of small tubes that can fire bullets, gas pallets, epoxy substances and my personal favorite “hypno disks.” Seriously, hypnosis was everywhere in The Marvel U. Gentry creates a porcupine suit and decides that he’s not getting enough pay or recognition for his brilliant contributions. Like his porcupine suit.

            So Gentry takes his suit, loads it up with various armaments from the munitions plant he works in, and stages a bank robbery. Ant Man and Wasp pursue him, but Ant Man is soon discovered, disarmed, and nearly killed…by being flung in a bathtub. Thankfully, Wasp rescues him, and they are able to stop the porcupine by pouring rubber cement all over him and clogging up his quills.

            This issue is also significant for very nearly giving me an aneurism when I realized that at this point, The Incredible Hulk’s tittle had been cancelled, but this guy…this guy, who so far has nearly been killed by a guy named Egg Head and his ant eater, and a guy in a porcupine costume who tossed him in a bathtub…was still thriving. I mean, I know he becomes Giant-Man soon, which is a HUGE improvement, but for God’s sake, how did he remain a fixture for THIS long?

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You can read this and other classic Ant-Man tales in Marvel Masterworks: Ant-Man/Giant-Man Volume 1

-or-

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Essential Ant Man, Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials)

You can read this and other classic Ant-Man tales in Marvel Masterworks: Ant-Man/Giant-Man Volume 1

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