Tales To Astonish #60 (Giant-Man/Wasp)
Issue(s): Tales To Astonish #60 (Giant-Man/Wasp story only)
This issue starts with Giant-Man throwing a fit in front of his fan club.
He does have good reason, though. His good friend Lee Kearns of the FBI (now ex-FBI) has been snooping around in East Berlin investigating the Commie Gorilla threat and got himself kidnapped.
When the Wasp declares that she'd like to come along, Pym finally opens up about his first wife. "since the years have passed, it isn't as painful now!". He recaps the story and we learn this time that the country in question was Hungary. Pym leaves out the part where Janet looks exactly like his dead wife, however. Jan focuses on what's important: "Are you positive that she really died? Do you have absolute proof?". Because that's the sort of thing that can complicate a marriage license! Pym says that he does.
But honestly, back to the gorillas.
The gorilla-enhancing ray, when turned on human Commies, gives them ape-like behavior.
Lee Kearns, like the Magician, had no idea that Ant-Man was also Giant-Man.
Giant-Man in no way causes an international incident by rampaging through East Berlin and breaking down a section of the wall.
Like many of Henry Pym's one-shot villains from this series, the Beasts of Berlin return during Englehart's West Coast Avengers run. Not sure if it's literally the same gorillas or newly enhanced ones. I will say that it's not really fair that the Beasts get lumped in with losers like the Voice and El Toro. Scarlet Beetle, sure.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP places this between Avengers #8-9.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Essential Ant-Man vol. 1
The annoying thing about the WCA arc was that Englehart couldn't keep the effects of the ray straight- he had a character claim that the ray also made humans smarter.
Posted by: Michael | November 27, 2012 9:46 PM
The Red Ghost's Super Apes, the Beasts of Berlin...boy, the Commies really had a fun time making super-simians, didn't they?
Posted by: Ataru320 | June 17, 2014 9:37 PM
Pym is so obnoxious I was rooting for the gorillas.
Posted by: Robert | February 9, 2016 4:11 PM
I like the source of the name. During WWI, the Kaiser was often called the Beast of Berlin by the British press.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | October 29, 2016 10:42 PM
Hey, the Beasts of Berlin aren't listed as characters ! :) (Nor are they in West Coast Avengers #33-36, for that matter)
Posted by: Freakazoid | May 16, 2018 6:46 AM
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