Classic Comic Cover Corner – Tales to Astonish #43

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Every Sunday morning we showcase a classic comic cover, complete with compelling commentary, for your cordial contemplation. It’s the Classic Comic Cover Corner!

Tales to Astonish #43 – May, 1963

Cover art by Jack Kirby

Tales to Astonish #43
Tales to Astonish #43 – May, 1963

When it was announced a few days ago that Shaun of the Dead director, Edgar Wright, was walking away from the highly anticipated Ant-Man movie, many fans were left wondering, “Is this the end of Ant-Man?”

Well, it appears that question has already been answered. Ain’t It Cool News has reported that the new director of Ant-Man is Adam McKay (who is in final negotiations with Marvel Studios.) McKay is probably best known for writing and directing the Will Ferrell Anchorman films and therefore has a history with Ant-Man’s star, Paul Rudd, as well (which might have something to do with all of this.)

Despite scripting issues (which are reportedly the reason that Edgar Wright abandoned ship) it looks like Marvel still intends to keep the wee warrior film in a comedic vein. Here’s hoping that the directorial turbulence doesn’t adversely affect the movie.

Tales to Astonish #43Even though it appears the film’s crisis has been averted (unless you are a die-hard Edgar Wright fan that is), we still thought Tales to Astonish #43 was a fun cover to share this week; and let’s remain optimistic that the Larry Lieber penned story, “The Mad Master of Time,” does not become symbolic of the movie’s release date (currently scheduled for July, 2015.)

In this Ant-Man adventure an aging professor, Elias Weems, is planning to impress his grandson, Tommy, with all of the gizmos in his research facility; but before Weems can show-off his scientific skills he is laid-off from his job for being too old and unimaginative.

The old-timer gets his revenge by developing an aging-ray that he tests on elephants, and then unleashes on the public (including Ant-Man.) But when the geezer accidently hits Tommy with the ray, he panics and drops the aging-gun off of a building. Fortunately, Henry Pym’s ants catch the device and the hero is able to reverse the controls and change everyone back to their normal age.

A sympathetic Ant-Man is even able to get Professor Weems off the hook by explaining to the judge that the man was just confused and afraid after being let go from his job. Let’s hope that Edgar Wright fares as well (I’m sure he will.)

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Bob Leeper is the co-owner and manager of "Arizona’s Pop Culture and Alternative Art Network," Evermore Nevermore. He is the co-creator of the pop culture events Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON, and is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave – AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few brave and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks.

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