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Appearing in "Trapped by the Porcupine!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #53.

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Synopsis for "Trapped by the Porcupine!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #53.

While putting on a show outside for children at a local orphanage, Giant-Man and the Wasp are unaware that they are being secretly watched by their foe the Porcupine. Porcupine uses his armor to cause Giant-Man and Wasp's stunt (having Wasp cross between two buildings on Giant-Man's body) to fail, and the two heroes have to prevent falling to their deaths, but Giant-Man hurts his ankle in the fall.

His initial attempt at revenge a failure, Porcupine makes his escape unnoticed. On his way back to his lab he recounts his first encounter with Giant-Man and Wasp (in Tales to Astonish #48). Back in his lab and in his civilian guise, Porcupine develops a powerful sleeping gas that would even affect Giant-Man's over-sized lungs.

The Porcupine then decides to use the Giant-Man and Wasp fan club as a method to get revenge on the two heroes. Showing up at a local chapter's club house, he convinces the members to dress up as Giant-Man villains and visit the injured hero to cheer him up. The fans hardly suspect that they are being duped by the real Porcupine and agree to organize the event.

Upon arriving at Giant-Man's headquarters to visit the injured hero, Porcupine asks the Wasp (who thinks he is just a fan in a very convincing costume) to retrieve a "present" that he had purchased for Giant-Man but forgot in his car. The Wasp complies and once she is out of the room, the Porcupine strikes, unleashing his gas on everyone. Giant-Man however shoots up to full size and uses one of his gym rings to spin really fast and disperse the gas. Giant-Man battles the Porcupine until the villain gets loose and informs the hero that he has captured the Wasp and escapes.

Realizing that the Wasp is heading into a trap, Giant-Man races to her rescue, but cannot prevent her capture by the Porcupine, and cannot chase after his escape vehicle because of his injured leg. With the Wasp a prisoner, Giant-Man resolves to find a way to save his partner, in spite of his injuries.

Meanwhile, the Porcupine allows the Wasp to escape, sending a remote control quill to follow her so that he may find the location of Giant-Man's home and find out the hero's true identity. When the Wasp arrives home, Giant-Man deduces the Porcupine's plan and destroys the quill, but not before the Porcupine finds his way to Giant-Man's New Jersey home, and traps the Wasp via sticky paper from his quills.

The two battle inside Giant-Man's home until the Porcupine grabs a number of Giant-Man's capsules from his belt, thinking they are growing capsules, the Porcupine takes them all. However, the Porcupine realizes he's made a grave error when he begins to shrink. Giant-Man cannot stop the process and soon loses the Porcupine, once the villain has shrunk to microscopic size. After watching the Porcupine shrink down to a single microbe, he frees Jan from the paper, and the two talk about the battle as the story ends.

Appearing in "No Place To Hide!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #54.

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Synopsis for "No Place To Hide!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #54.

Watching the Huntley-Brinkley report, Giant-Man learns that the nation of Santo Rico has just elected El Toro as their new president. The report noting that even though the nation of Santo Rico is a democratic nation, the communist backed El Toro won by a landslide.

Giant-Man is interrupted by the Wasp, who demands that they plan a vacation, to which Giant-Man declines because he's far too busy. Wasp provokes a brief tussle between the two, so that Giant-Man feels guilty, the next time she asks that they go on a vacation.

Later that day, the two heroes are bombarded by a surprise visit by their fan club. After hosting them for a brief period, they get a phone call from Washington D.C. asking them for assistance, and Giant-Man shoos his fan club out of his lab. They elude their insistent fans by shrinking down to ant size to leave the premises.

In Washington hours later, the military asks them to go to Santo Rico, to find proof that El Toro rigged the election. Accepting the job, the two heroes travel to Santo Rico in their civilian guises of Henry Pym and Janet van Dyne. Arriving there, Pym trusts Janet with the size-changing capsules. They soon gain the attention of nearby soldiers who find their activity suspicious and report it to El Toro. Toro, figuring them to be American spies, orders them captured.

When the soldiers come to arrest the two heroes, they grab Janet first, but not before she can hand Henry a growth capsule, which allows him to become Giant-Man. Giant-Man does not stop the soldiers from taking Janet away, because he is knocked over by El Toro.

Struggling to his feet, Giant-Man vows to rescue Janet, but finds himself an easy target when El Toro orders his death and he is stuck at giant size. Smashing through the city to get away from guards, Giant-Man escapes by hitching a ride on a train and laying low in the countryside until dark.

Returning to the city at night, Giant-Man has the local ants find Janet's location and comes to her rescue. Regaining the size capsules and freeing the Wasp, the two heroes shrink to ant-size and hitch a ride on Janet's guards as they go to El Toro to report her escape.

Arriving in El Toro's office, Giant-Man and Wasp let their presence be known, and El Toro attacks them. Giant-Man easily defeats El Toro and finds proof that the election was rigged by communist backers and reveals the truth to the people, who dispose of El Toro and plan to have a new election.

Returning to America, Giant-Man and the Wasp are congratulated for freeing Santo Rico from communist tyranny. After which, Giant-Man is resigned not to do any traveling for some time to come; however, the Wasp is still trying to decide where they should go for their next vacation.

Appearing in "On the Trail of the Human Top!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #55.

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Synopsis for "On the Trail of the Human Top!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #55.

Giant-Man and the Wasp show the Giant-Man fan club footage of their battle against the Human Top (from their first encounter with him in Tales to Astonish #50 & 51). After showing the film, the Wasp muses that it would be frightening if the Top ever escaped from jail.

Coincidentally, at that moment, the Human Top has perfected a new trick: spinning so fast that he's invisible to the naked eye. He uses this ability to escape from his jail cell and soon robs a bank, alerting Giant-Man and the Wasp of his escape. Rushing to the scene of the crime, Giant-Man and Wasp realize that they are too late to capture the Top.

The two heroes vow to defeat the Top and return to their lab track down the foe, little realizing that their target has spotted them and uses his super speed to track them back to their home. Attacking them by surprise, the Human Top snatches Giant-Man's belt of size capsules and uses one of the capsules to grow in size. He easily dispatches Giant-Man, and then captures the Wasp in a jar before escaping.

Using his ants to escape from a locked closet, Giant-Man regains his discarded capsule belt and chases after his foe. He tracks down his enemy and frees the Wasp. During the battle, Giant-Man uses his mastery of changing size, the Wasp, and nearby ants to defeat the Top, who is not used to fighting at a giant size. Tricking him into smashing through a weakened roof top, they make the Top take a reducing capsule to return to regular size. The Human Top quickly surrenders afterward.

The next day, Giant-Man and Wasp tell the story to their fan club and read over the newspaper story about the Top's defeat.

Appearing in "The Coming of the Magician!"

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Tales to Astonish #56.

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Synopsis for "The Coming of the Magician!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #56.

Rushing home, Giant-Man inspects a ring that he plans to give the Wasp. Finding it perfect, he waits for her. When she comes home, he acts nervous, causing the Wasp to wonder if he will ever express his true feelings. Thinking that making him jealous will spur him to finally talk about his feelings, the Wasp tells Giant-Man that she's going to a party with another man (social register member Sterling Stuyvesant) and leaves. Upset that he cannot muster the guts to express himself to the Wasp, Giant-Man tosses the ring away and decides to lose himself in his work, instead of trying to be a romantic.

Soon he is alerted by his ants about a character named the Magician. Finding him rather sinister looking, Giant-Man decides to investigate on his own.

A short time later, at Stuyvesant's party, the Magician appears as the entertainment and dazzles the crowd with his magic tricks. He soon traps the audience under a large blanket and begins robbing them of their valuables. Janet shrinks down to her Wasp identity and tries to tackle the Magician on her own, but is soon trapped in the Magician's magic wand. The Magician then makes his escape. Giant-Man arrives shortly after and is informed what happened.

Deciding to trick the Magician into appearing for him, as Hank Pym, Giant-Man stages a fake yacht party. The plan works and the Magician appears at the fake party. He ends up battling Giant-Man, until he attempts to escape in his personal blimp. The two battle on the blimp. The Wasp is freed, and the Magician tries to kill both ant-sized heroes by setting his trained rabbit on them. Giant-Man resumes his giant size and scares the bunny away and attacks his foe.

The Magician uses hypnosis to stop Giant-Man in his tracks, while the Wasp unplugs the blimp, causing it to deflate and crash into the water. Realizing Hank was possibly still aboard, the Wasp laments having killed the only man she loved. However, Giant-Man soon turns up alive, riding into sight, ant-size, on a paper airplane.

With the Magician fished out of the water by the police, the two weary heroes are taken back to shore.

Appearing in "On the Trail of the Amazing Spider-Man!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #57.

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Synopsis for "On the Trail of the Amazing Spider-Man!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #57.

One morning, the Wasp arrives at Giant-Man's lab to find that Giant-Man has a surprise for her: A new weapon that fires compressed air. Each "wasp sting" has enough power to knock over objects.

Meanwhile, long time Giant-Man foe Egghead has decided that now is the time to launch his next attack against his enemy. Using a transmitter implanted in a nearby ant hill, Egghead uses it to transmit false messages about Spider-Man looking to attack Giant-Man. Deciding to get to the bottom of things, Giant-Man sends the Wasp to locate Spider-Man, but tells her not to attack him alone. However, when the Wasp finds Spider-Man swinging through the city she is compelled to attack him, but is soon trapped in his webbing. Giant-Man soon arrives and the two heroes lock in a battle, while Egghead watches from a monitor at his hideout.

Hiring a gang of thugs, Egghead plots a robbery, starting by calling the police and informing them of the battle between Giant-Man and Spider-Man. While the police are distracted by the battle in the city's east end, Egghead plans his robbery of an armored car in the west end. Taking a rented truck, they soon run the armored car off the road and load it into the back of their specially rigged truck. The police, Giant-Man, Wasp and Spider-Man soon realize they've all been tricked.

Using Giant-Man's spy ants to track Egghead's truck, the three heroes follow Egghead to his secret hideout near the docks. In spite of Spider-Man's and the Wasp's dislike for one another, the three heroes stop Egghead and defeat his gang of crooks. With all the bad guys rounded up and their loot returned, the heroes part company.

Appearing in "The Coming Of.... Colossus!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #58.

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  • Two Person Jet

Synopsis for "The Coming Of.... Colossus!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #58.

While Janet van Dyne is getting exasperated with being unable to convince Henry Pym to go on another trip, Henry is busy devising a way to grow without the use of size-changing capsules. Using cybernetic implants in his mask, Giant-Man succeeds in size-changing by mental command.

Suddenly the two heroes are visited by their fellow Avenger, Captain America. Cap tells them of reports coming from the Bora-Buru region of Africa, where a small village is being terrorized by a 30-foot being called the Colossus. Although trapped on a peak, the Colossus still forces the people below into committing sacrifices to him. The two heroes agree to take on the mission for Captain America, and leave in a jet for Africa.

Upon arriving in Bora-Buru, their jet is grabbed in mid-aid by the Colossus who throws it to the ground, but the heroes escape via ejector seat. They climb the peak at ant-size with the aid of Giant-Man's new suction-grappling hook device. Reaching the top, a combination of Giant-Man's quick size changes and Wasp's stings catch the Colossus off guard. However, the constant size-changing (and Giant-Man's inability to match Colossus' 30-foot height) tires out Giant-Man enough for Colossus to gain the advantage.

During the battle, Giant-Man notices a strange object that looks like a space ship on the peak, and devises a plan. However, his plan backfires, as he grows too much in too quick of a span, causing him to get dizzy and lose his power. The Colossus prepares to throw Hank off the peak, and the Wasp finally reveals her true feelings to Hank, afraid that it may be his end. Hank however, knows that the battle isn't over, and has the Wasp blast Colossus with a full Wasp's sting as he's throwing a punch. Then, while the bewildered (and already confused Colossus) watches, Giant-Man shrinks down so fast that Colossus thinks the hero disappeared.

Fearing that the planet he's been ordered to watch might be bewitched, Colossus flees into space. With the alien defeated, the heroes return home, and the people of Bora-Buru construct a statue on the peak, in honor of the heroes. Janet confronts Hank about what she told him, before he was about to get thrown off the peak. Hank quickly and nervously tells her to forget it, that people say things in times of peril. Meanwhile, as the two of them return home, Janet angrily muses to herself that she was trying to tell him that she MEANT it, and wonders if she'll ever be able to tell him how she feels.

Appearing in "Enter the Hulk"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #59.

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Synopsis for "Enter the Hulk"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #59.

While in training, the Avengers hear news of the Hulk's recent battle against Spider-Man. Elsewhere in the city, David Cannon (AKA the Human Top) reads about Giant-Man's recent battle against the Colossus and recounts his last defeat at the hands of Giant-Man. Since then, he has been practicing a new ability: the ability to generate a stream of powerful air pressure in a blast, strong enough to punch through a brick wall. He plots a way to get revenge on his foe.

Later, after the training session with the Avengers is adjourned, Giant-Man and Wasp take to the street. After roughing up some cat-callers who were whistling at the Wasp, Giant-Man is spotted by Cannon, who follows them as the Top (spinning too fast to be seen). The Top overhears the two heroes planning to go to New Mexico, to search for the Hulk.

Giant-Man and Wasp arrive at the New Mexico missile testing base and ask General Ross for assistance in capturing the Hulk. Ross attempts to assign Bruce Banner to help the two heroes, but Banner declines and leaves, in a foul mood. While driving in the desert, Banner gets excited enough to trigger his transformation into the Hulk. The Hulk, deciding to go after Giant-Man, trashes Banner's jeep and jumps into the sky.

Landing in a nearby town, the Hulk goes on a rampage and is spotted by the Top (in his civilian guise) who begins planning how to use the Hulk to destroy Giant-Man. Meanwhile, in the desert, Betty Ross, Giant-Man and the Wasp find the wreckage of Banner's jeep, and they believe that he was attacked by the Hulk (none of them knowing that Hulk and Banner are the same). Giant-Man vows to stop the Hulk and get Bruce back.

Elsewhere in the desert, the Top tries to stop the Hulk long enough to offer a partnership, but misses his chance when the Hulk bounces away too soon. Giant-Man spots the Hulk and shrinks down to ant-size to get ahead of him via a miniature rocket he built. Landing in a nearby town, Giant-Man resumes his giant size and uses a billboard as a megaphone to warn the townspeople of the Hulk's pending arrival.

Outside the city, the Top confronts the Hulk and informs him that Giant-Man is waiting for him in town. The Hulk bounds off to battle the hero, while the Top initiates the second part of his plan. He locates General Ross and his military convoy, and informs them that the Hulk is in a nearby deserted town. He convinces them to use a miniature nuclear weapon, hoping that it will also destroy Giant-Man.

While Giant-Man and the Hulk battle in the abandoned town, the Wasp learns of the General's plan to fire the missile, but is too late to stop it. Failing to disarm the missile, she contacts Giant-Man via their cybernetic link, and Giant-Man convinces the Hulk to stop the missile.

The Hulk grabs the missile in midair, foiling the Top's plan. The Top, fearing that the missile could go off anywhere, makes a run for it, but soon becomes its victim when the Hulk (unknowingly) throws it in the Top's direction. The explosion causes the Hulk to revert back into Bruce Banner, who reunites with Betty Ross.

Returning to New York, Giant-Man jokingly states that he has nothing to report when attending the next Avengers meeting.

Appearing in "The Beasts of Berlin"

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Tales to Astonish #60.

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Synopsis for "The Beasts of Berlin"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #60.

In a bad mood, Giant-Man chases his fan club members out of his headquarters. When the Wasp inquires what's wrong, Giant-Man explains that his friend, F.B.I. agent Lee Kearns has been captured by communists in East Berlin. Giant-Man plans to go and rescue his friend, but refuses to allow the Wasp to travel with him, because his late-wife was murdered the last time he was in a communist country. He briefly explains the death of his late wife to the Wasp so that she could understand why she must stay behind.

Arriving in West Berlin, Giant-Man crosses the Berlin Wall by shrinking down to ant-size, and with the aid of local ants searches for Kearns. Finding him in a communist prison, Giant-Man has his ants chase Lee's interrogator out of the room. Revealing himself to Kearns, Giant-Man is informed that the communists have developed a weapon that increases the intelligence of apes, and that they plan to use it to turn them into intelligent weapons to use against the free world. Busting Lee out of his prison cell, Giant-Man battles one of these "Beasts of Berlin" in order to escape.

Later, Lee brings Giant-Man to the building where the ray is being stored. Inside, the communist soldiers have received orders to create as many Beasts of Berlin as possible. Giant-Man storms in and has to battle an army of the intelligent apes. Shrinking down to ant-size, he gets away from the apes, and trains the weapon on the soldiers, reverting their intelligence to that of apes.

Giant-Man saves Lee from the apes, and destroys the weapon before the two can escape back to East Berlin, smashing through the Berlin Wall to do so. With Lee free and the communist plot foiled, Giant-Man returns to America, and relates his story to the Wasp.

Appearing in "Now Walks the Android"

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Tales to Astonish #61.

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Synopsis for "Now Walks the Android"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #61.

Putting on a show for hospitalized children, Giant-Man and Wasp are interrupted by police sirens. Egghead is making a daring escape from the law, escaping into the sewers and seeking refuge in his secret hideout. he tests out a new device that allows lifeless objects to obey his commands. He steals a store manikin and brings it back to his hideout. He coats it in a special wax compound that will allow him to control it with his mind and makes it grow in size. Egghead begins his plot to pit his android against Giant-Man.

The next day, Giant-Man and Wasp return home in their new Converti-Car, and check their mail. They find an invitation from a TV studio to create a show based on their adventures. Giant-Man wants nothing to do with it, but the Wasp talks him into going with her. Flying to the address, Giant-Man begins to get suspicious; however, they walk in anyway, and find themselves trapped in the building with Egghead's android. Egghead tells the heroes that they cannot escape unless they defeat the android. They also have under an hour to do so; otherwise, the building will run out of air and they will suffocate.

Egghead has the upper hand, until Giant-Man realizes that Egghead experiences the same sensations as the android. He spins the android around, until Egghead grows dizzy. He forces Egghead to free them before stopping, and after they are free, they direct the android to walk into the near-by harbor.

Appearing in "Giant-Man versus the Wonderful Wasp!"

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Tales to Astonish #62.

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Synopsis for "Giant-Man versus the Wonderful Wasp!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #62.

Working in his lab, Henry Pym finds a way to speed up the growth of plants; however, his experiment soon gets out of control and the plant grows rapidly, causing it to spread about the city. Shrinking down to ant-size, Giant-Man stops the plant's further growth by destroying its tap root. The plant continues to grow (unknown to Pym), and when two-bit crook Second-Story Sammy escapes from a botched robbery, he ends up landing on one of the plant's leaves and sliding into Pym's lab. Sammy spies Pym's continued work on his experiment, which causes an explosion that knocks him out.

Checking the unconscious body, Sammy learns Giant-Man's secret identity and steals his costume, properly deducing that it's the source of Giant-Man's size-changing powers. With a rudimentary understanding of how the costume works, Sammy storms out of Pym's lab to start a crime spree, but not before bumping into Janet van Dyne, who follows him as the Wasp.

Sammy robs a jewelry store, but not before setting off the alarm and alerting the police. Learning of the robbery, the Wasp tracks Sammy (who she thinks is Henry Pym) and attacks him inside the jewelry store. At ant-size, the Wasp easily defeats the inexperienced Sammy and demands to know where the real Giant-Man is.

Meanwhile, the plant continues to grow out of control. Pym revives and learns that the Wasp has been trapped in a glass jewelry box. He sends his ants to capture the faux Giant-Man. The ants carry Sammy back to the lab, and Pym easily dispatches Sammy with one punch. With with the aid of his ants, he finds and destroys the giant plant's real tap root, stopping its further growth.

The Wasp frees herself and returns home to find the real Giant-Man waiting for her, the two heroes turn over Second-Story Sammy to the police and clear Giant-Man's name.

Appearing in "The Gangster and the Giant!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #63.

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Synopsis for "The Gangster and the Giant!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #63.

While practicing their size-changing abilities and exercising, Giant-Man and the Wasp are interrupted by a visit from a police officer, asking them to visit the police chief. Giant-Man rushes to the police station (utilizing his size-changing abilities) and the Wasp is driven there by the police officer.

The police chief asks them to investigate a criminal named the Wrecker, who has been extorting store owners in the Brownsville area of Brooklyn. He is threatening to burn down the stores, if the owners don't pay for protection.

Resuming their civilian guises of Henry Pym and Janet van Dyne, the two heroes go to Brownsville, where they notice that the owner of Smith's Hardware is selling his store, in order to get out of the area, not wanting to bow down to the Wrecker. Seeing it and an opportunity to stop the Wrecker, Pym and van Dyne buy the hardware store to bait a trap for the crook.

A few days later, furious that the hardware store is still in operation, the Wrecker sends some thugs to force Henry and Janet to pay protection money. The two heroes throw out the thugs without donning their costumes. This brings praise from other store owners, but angers the Wrecker, who initiates plan W.

Using a number of underlings to keep local police busy, the Wrecker appears at the hardware store to deal with Pym and van Dyne personally, but he and his thugs are attacked by Giant-Man and Wasp. During the battle the Wasp is sprayed with DDT, causing Giant-Man to go on a rampage and easily defeat the crooks, tossing the Wrecker out for the other store owners to handle. While Giant-Man checks to see if the Wasp is okay (expressing his true feelings for her), the police arrive and unmask the Wrecker, revealing him to be Mr. Smith, the original owner of the hardware store.

With their mission accomplished, the two heroes return home on a flying ant.

Appearing in "When Attuma Strikes!""

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Tales to Astonish #64.

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  • Converti-Car
  • Attumas Monstrous Undersea Ship

Synopsis for "When Attuma Strikes!""

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #64.

Hank Pym is working on a project involving his ants. He calls Janet over to bring him a box of tubes, which she accidentally drops. Pym gets angry with Janet, causing her to get upset, thinking she means nothing to him and runs to her room. While in her room, Janet van Dyne thinks about how she feels foolish for being in love with a man whom she feels will never return the affection, and decides to leave her partner for good. She packs away clothes in a suitcase, and boards a plane to an undisclosed location, leaving a note behind for Hank to read. While she's on the plane, Hank figures out a way to work around Jan's error, and goes to look for Jan around the house to celebrate, feeling guilty over the way he treated her. He finds the note on the desk, and goes ballistic, feeling that he's the one to blame for losing "The one precious thing I hold dear in life!" During his moment on anger, he uncontrollably becomes Giant, breaking various pieces of his home, before finally passing out on the floor, back to his normal size.

Meanwhile, Janet's plane gets taken into a fountain of bubbles by Attuma. Attuma is still embarrassed over the defeat that happen to him at the hands of The Sub-Mariner, and decides to redeem his honor by attacking the plane and planning on taking a human from it to study. The plane is taken to a newly created island next to the bubble fountain. Janet is chosen by Attuma to be the person for the underwater enemies to study. Janet frantically eats the crumbs from a previous reducing capsule in her pocketbook, which allows her to send a message to Hank from an ant, to come and rescue her. Hank receives the message, and frantically hurries out to chase Attuma, and begins attacking Attuma's various henchmen. Hank then rescues Janet from a paralyzing beam and gives her her old costume, which she puts on. Hank then angrily tells Attuma that he cannot treat his "gal" that way, revealing his feelings for Janet. They both attack Attuma. Janet and Hank both begin to beat Attuma and his men, with Janet musing to herself that she enjoys fighting at Hank's side again. While Hank is rescuing Janet from another paralyzing ray shot, Attuma turns on his emergency flood control tank, causing everything around Hank and Jan to flood. Jan once again confesses her love for Hank, thinking that it's all over, but Hank finds an air bubble for the both of them to breathe in. Attuma does not realize this, and turns off the chamber, causing Hank and Janet to attack him once more. Attuma flees. Jan and Hank also flee in their own ship, holding hands and reconciling with each other, as Hank also apologizes. They tell each other how much they missed each other, as the story ends.

Appearing in "The New Giant-Man!"

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Tales to Astonish #65.

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Synopsis for "The New Giant-Man!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #65.

Henry Pym is working in his lab to make improvements to his Giant-Man costume. Explaining to the Wasp the modifications, he succeeds in creating a new costume that will allow him to effect the size of anything around him. The Wasp finds that the costume that Pym designed is too ugly, she takes it into another room to work on it while he tests his new device on his cat, Tabby.

He succeeds in making Tabby grow in size, but the cat soon attempts to attack him, and in the struggle, the cat knocks over a bottle containing Pym's growth formula while Pym manages to shrink the cat down in size. He attempts to grow in size, but when he shrinks back down the device feeds back and causes Tabby to grow again as he shrinks himself. He finally manages to shrink the cat back to it's normal size, little realizing that his growth formula is dripping onto a spider on the floor. He finally notices the bottle and sets it up and begins cleaning the mess.

Finishing his new costume, the Wasp brings it to Pym to try it on. While he's in another room changing into Giant-Man, he hears the wasp scream in fear. Entering his lab he sees a giant spider attacking the Wasp and springs into action. Using his athletic skill, size changing abilities, and with the aid of the Wasp, Giant-Man fights his way to his control helmet to grows to giant size, knocking the spider out the window and shrinking it down to its natural size to fall to its death.

With the monster defeated the two heroes recover from the attack and the Wasp talks Giant-Man into going out dancing.

Appearing in "The Menace of Madam Macabre"

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Tales to Astonish #66.

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Synopsis for "The Menace of Madam Macabre"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #66.

While repairing a antenna on the roof of his penthouse lab, Giant-Man is informed by the Wasp of newspaper reports about a woman by the name of Madam Macabre who claims that she can also make objects shrink and grow at will. Musing how useful Madam Macabre could be, Giant-Man manages to spurn the Wasp's jealousy.

Meanwhile, at Madam Macabre's lab, her assistant Gogo has finished building an elaborate toy tractor for his master to grow in size. Revealing that she can only make the items that Gogo creates grow, she begins to plot how to trick Giant-Man into revealing his size changing secret. When her other assistant, Kalya arrives, Macabre begins her plot which involves a miniature of a room.

A short time later, Macabre visits Giant-Man's lab, and Giant-Man sends the Wasp out of the room (who exits in a fit of jealousy.) Macabre explains to Giant-Man that as a child her father was killed when their rickshaw full of personal items fell on him. She was rescued and taught by the Mandarin. She then displays her powers and asks Giant-Man to help her rule the world, Giant-Man refuses and asks her to leave, much to the joy of the Wasp.

Back at her lair, Madam Macabre plans the next phase of her plot to learn the secret to Giant-Man's size changing abilities. Later, the Wasp receives an invitation to an art gallery. Busy with a project, Giant-Man tells the Wasp to go ahead and he'll catch up with her after. When the Wasp arrives she notices that the gallery is empty and puts on her costume. She is quickly knocked out by Kalya and Gogo and tied up.

Arriving a short time later, Giant-Man realizes that the place is deserted as well and grows to giant-size. Upon doing so he spots the Wasp in one of the windows and places her in the relative safety of a nearby rooftop before spotting Kalya and Gogo attempting to steal some of the gallery's artifacts. Shrinking down in size, Giant-Man enters the gallery only to be trapped in the room the crooks were in. This room begins shrinking in size, and Madam Macabre takes Giant-Man captive.

Meanwhile, the Wasp awakens and tries to free Giant-Man, but she too is captured and placed in a bottle that is set to shrink. However, since the cork that Madam Macabre used to seal the Wasp inside the bottle wasn't specially treated to shrink with the bottle it causes the bottle to break when it gets too small, freeing the Wasp.

The Wasp resumes her attack on Madam Macabre until she realizes that Madam Macabre's size changing device was in the wig she wore on her head. Removing the device and shattering the trap Giant-Man was stuck in, the Wasp manages to free her partner. Giant-Man grows to giant-size and quickly captures their foe. With Madam Macabre defeated, Giant-Man and the Wasp return home to muse over Madam Macabre's size changing device.

Appearing in "The Mystery of the Hidden Man and His Rays of Doom!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #67.

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  • Hidden Man (First appearance)
  • Loko, his assistant

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  • Hidden Man's Truck

Synopsis for "The Mystery of the Hidden Man and His Rays of Doom!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #67.

Chasing after a mysterious vehicle, Giant-Man soon finds himself bathed in green rays being fired from it. Little suspecting that it's attempting to steal the knowledge that allows him to change in size and transmitted into a being known as the Hidden Man, who plots to steal the intelligence of scientists all over the world. Giant-Man's resistance to the device causes it to blow a fuse, and the Hidden Man's assistant flees leaving the vehicle behind for Giant-Man to study.

Meanwhile using a second vehicle, Hidden Man sends his lackey out to steal the knowledge of other scientists. This plot soon becomes clear to Giant-Man when one of his fellow scientists approaches him as Henry Pym to explain how he forgot all his scientific skill.

While showing the Wasp how to tame a wasp to ride on, she is stung by the it and Giant-Man has to shrink down in size to remove the stinger from her body. As he is doing so, he is bathed in the Hidden Man's green ray and after saving the Wasp's life realizes that he has forgotten how to make himself shrink in size. However still knowing how to grow, Giant-Man chases after the second vehicle and smashes it. Hidden Man's lackey reveals his location to Giant-Man before being turned over to the police.

In a battle against the Hidden Man, not even the Hidden Man's ability to shrink in size can prevent Giant-Man from eventually capturing him. Once captured by the hero, a space ship appears and takes the Hidden Man away, they explain that he is a criminal on their own planet and use their vast powers to restore all the scientists abilities. The experience causes Giant-Man to black out.

Woken up by the Wasp, he tells her the dangers passed, and she shows him that she finally tamed the wasp she was training. After treating Giant-Man's injured arm, the two heroes return home.

Appearing in "Peril from the Long-Dead Past!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #68.

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Synopsis for "Peril from the Long-Dead Past!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #68.

Practicing his size-changing abilities out in the country, Giant-Man is hit by an oncoming airplane causing it to crash. He quickly saves the passenger before the plane does crash, but knocks himself out when he trips and smashes into a tree. The pilot turns out to be David Cannon, also known as Giant-Man's long time foe the Human Top. Having survived the nuclear explosion in New Mexico by seeking refuge in a deep cave until the fall out subsided he was flying back to New York when he spotted Giant-Man. Considering smashing Giant-Man's head in with a boulder, he decides not, wanting to come up with a more elaborate plan to destroy his long-time foe, and so Cannon leaves Giant-Man to recover while he organizes his next plot.

Returning to his lab in the city, Giant-Man attempts to grow to 100 feet in height, however, the strain proves to be too much for him to handle. Giant-Man then reveals to the Wasp that he fears that his constant size changing is having a hazardous effect on his health and that he should stick to one height as Giant-Man: 35 Feet.

Meanwhile, the Top is sharpening his skills but soon gets fed-up with his bulky top inspired costume and designs a new one that utilizes helium to allow him to float in the air. He then begins his next plot against Giant-Man.

Giant-Man, however, is preoccupied with having his lab refitted to accommodate his 35-foot height. Afterward, Giant-Man works on his equipment while the Wasp introduces her newly trained wasp: Boopsie. They are interrupted by a call from security downstairs who tell them that there is a reporter to see them. Showing the reporter around his new lab, Giant-Man soon realizes it was all a trick and the reporter is really the Human Top, who reveals himself and attacks the two heroes.

The Top manages to best Giant-Man with his new abilities and captures the Wasp and makes an escape. Growing to giant-size, Giant-Man pursues the Wasp's kidnapper...

Appearing in "Oh, Wasp, Where Is Thy Sting?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #69.

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  • Henry Pym's neighbours Andrew and Mildred

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Synopsis for "Oh, Wasp, Where Is Thy Sting?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #69.

Continuing from last issue, Giant-Man is chasing after the Human Top who has just captured the Wasp, however he soon loses his foe who has mastered the ability of flight with the help of his new costume. Once away from Giant-Man, the Top tries to get the Wasp to join his cause, explaining that her partner will be doomed once he stumbles upon the trap that he is preparing for him. Hoping to warn Giant-Man, the Wasp gives her wasp the command to tell Giant-Man where she is.

Back at his lab, Giant-Man is contacted by the Wasp's wasp, and uses it to fly to the location of the Top's hide out, however he manages to stumble into the Top's trap: a giant pit that where the Top will freeze Giant-Man into a block of ice. When the Wasp refuses to join the Top, he throws her into the pit as well to be frozen to death along side her comrade.

Giant-Man instructs the Wasp to shrink in size and climb into his costume, just before he is sprayed with quick freezing water and encased in a sheet of ice. Believing his foes are dead, the Top has the Giant-Man ice state lifted out of the pit, but is surprised when a normal size Giant-Man and Wasp bust out of the ice. Giant-Man explains that he waited for the outer layer of water to freeze before shrinking to normal size to free himself.

After a brief battle with the Top, the Top is knocked into his own trap and is frozen as well, then pulled out and thawed out before being turned over to the police. After the Top has been arrested, Giant-Man explains that his constant growing has affected his health and that continuing to do so may lead to his death, and so decides that it is time to retire from being a super-hero.

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Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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