In 1962, the legacy of Ant-Man began; today, over five decades later, the legend has come to encompass multiple heroes and will take shape as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2015.
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Marvel as well as prepare for Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” coming to theaters on July 17, 2015, learn all about the history of this unique hero.
Scientist, inventor, Avenger: as Ant-Man, Hank Pym founded an identity that served him well at the beginning of the new Heroic Age, one he subsequently bequeathed to others. Never quite standing as tall as his teammates like Iron Man, Thor, or the Hulk, Ant-Man nonetheless made an indelible imprint on the populace he swore to protect with his incredible discoveries and passion for science.
Having discovered a growth potion in TALES TO ASTONISH #27, scientist Henry “Hank” Pym made the fateful decision to experiment with it on himself, shrinking him to insect-size and literally heading down an ant hole. That adventure made Pym pause and ponder the implications of everything he’d experienced among the miniscule beings whose home he’d inadvertently invaded.
In TALES TO ASTONISH #35, Pym reconsidered his discovery and developed a special protective costume and helmet with which he could communicate with ants. Shrinking down to their size once again, he foiled the scheme of Russian agents to steal an anti-radiation formula as Ant-Man, a new champion for justice.
Later, in TALES TO ASTONISH #36, he worked his potion into gas form and continued to help the police department against such menaces as Comrade X and the racketeer called the Protector.
Ant-Man faced off against the first real challenge to his intellect in TALES TO ASTONISH #38 when he met Egghead, a criminal genius who sought out the super hero to defeat him for a mob of gangsters. A string of strange cases followed, as Pym combated the likes of the Scarlet Beetle in TALES TO ASTONISH #39, the other-dimensional Kulla in TALES TO ASTONISH #41, and the Master of Time in TALES TO ASTONISH #43.
Under siege by the gigantic alien Kosmos in TALES TO ASTONISH #44, Ant-Man took on a partner. The beautiful Janet Van Dyne, who’d just lost her father to Kosmos’ brusque entry into our world, became the Wasp and stood alongside Ant-Man to defeat the alien criminal. Hank and Janet also began to fall in love with each other, bonding as a super heroic duo like none other.
Egghead returned in TALES TO ASTONISH #45 to fight Ant-Man and the Wasp, and the diminutive hero aided the Fantastic Four against Doctor Doom and his subjugation of a microscopic world in FANTASTIC FOUR #16. After a few more challenges, Pym and Van Dyne joined with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to found the Avengers, the first great super team of the new era, as seen in AVENGERS #1.
After defeating the Porcupine in TALES TO ASTONISH #48, Ant-Man continued to develop his technology and made the first of many identity changes in TALES TO ASTONISH #49. Now able to grow to a fantastic height as well as shrink, Pym renamed himself Giant Man, though he still operated as Ant-Man for a short while when he operated at reduced size in special circumstances. Eventually, though, he abandoned the Ant-Man persona in favor of the great potential of Giant Man and introduced the identity to his fellow heroes in AVENGERS #2.
For the most part, Pym continued to operate beyond the Ant-Man name, save for rare occasions such as AVENGERS #93, when he re-adopted the role to examine the Vision from the inside during the Kree-Skrull War, and then years later when he succumbed to mind control under the artificial brain of Ultron, one of his own robotic creations, in AVENGERS #161 and #162. Then, with no memory of adventures as Giant Man, he once again wore the mask of Ant-Man until the Avengers set him right and together they defeated Ultron.
Finally, believing he’d set aside his first super heroic persona forever, Pym met a young man who’d pick up the legacy of Ant-Man and make it his own…
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Are you a member of Marvel Unlimited+? If not, sign up now and then get set for a special members only event at C2E2 2014! Get the full details below!
Marvel Unlimited+ MEMBERS ONLY Event*
10:45 – 11:45 AM on Sunday, April 27
Join Executive Editorial Director of Digital Ryan Penagos, and top Marvel creators including Charles Soule (INHUMAN), Jason Latour (WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN), James Robinson (FANTASTIC FOUR), Mike Perkins (ORIGINAL SINS), Mitch Gerads (PUNISHER), Ryan Stegman (WOLVERINE) and Todd Nauck (NIGHTCRAWLER) for a private panel discussion of what’s happening inside the Marvel Universe. Get FREE merchandise, sneak peeks of upcoming comics, Q&A Session to answer all your burning questions and more surprises to be announced. Not to be missed! Marvel Unlimited Plus Members ONLY – show your Member Card or confirmation email at the Marvel Booth for a ticket to the event.
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Meet your newest class of Young Guns during C2E2 2014 on April 24 through 27!
Previous Young Guns have included Jim Cheung, Olivier Coipel and Steve McNiven–now a new group will join their ranks!
Stay tuned to Marvel.com next weekend during C2E2 to find out who will comprise the All-New Young Guns, and what they’ve got in store for Marvel!
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This May, experience the ongoing adventures of young Scott Summers in CYCLOPS #1, the first issue of an all-new series from Eisner Award-winning writer Greg Rucka and artist Russell Dauterman spinning directly out of the blockbuster crossover “The Trial of Jean Grey”!
After clashing with the Shi’ar on the edge of deep space, Scott Summers is about to encounter the last person he’d ever expect to meet – his space pirate father!
Long thought dead, Corsair, leader of that intergalactic band of misfits the Starjammers, has returned! And he’s got a new recruit in the form of his son, young Cyclops himself! Scott Summers is leaving the X-Men behind to stay in space and learn a few valuable lessons from dad: 1) How to shave, 2) How to talk to women, 3) How to steal a Badoon spaceship.
“I’m beyond excited for readers to see how Greg and Russell are collaborating with this book,” says Editor Jeanine Schaefer. “Greg is absolutely on fire, hitting every beat you would ever want from a space opera meets intergalactic road trip; and a star is born with Russell’s work here – when he’s huge people are going to be coming back to this series again and again.”
Don’t miss one moment of the high adventure in deep space as Rucka and Dauterman kick off the newest cosmic adventure this May in the action packed CYCLOPS #1!
CYCLOPS #1 (MAR140645)
Written by GREG RUCKA
Art by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN
Cover by ALEXANDER LOZANO
Variant Covers by SKOTTIE YOUNG (MAR140647)
And GREG LAND (MAR140646)
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There aren’t many legacy heroes filling out the ranks of the uncanny X-Men, which makes the mutant known as Warpath truly unique amongst the unique. With his superhuman strength, speed, durability, and fighting skills, James Proudstar has served on a number of X-Men affiliated teams: X-Force, the X-Corps, Wolverine’s black ops X-Force squad, and the X-Men proper. But as the younger brother of the fallen X-Man codenamed Thunderbird, he hasn’t always been a stalwart supporter of Professor Xavier’s dream.
James Proudstar first appeared thirty years ago in NEW MUTANTS #16, by Chris Claremont and Sal Buscema. The issue marked the debut of the Hellions, the Hellfire Club’s teen team of misguided mutants, with Proudstar following the White Queen‘s wishes. Using his deceased brother’s codename, Thunderbird II joined the Hellions as part of an elaborate plan for vengeance. But first, T-Bird had to tangle with Xavier’s protégés, the New Mutants, who had snuck onto the Massachusetts Academy campus to rescue Kitty Pryde from the White Queen.
Proudstar took out Sunspot, the team’s heavy-hitter, with one hit, demonstrating that John Proudstar’s little brother packed a big punch.
But James’ inexperience got the better of him when he let Rahne Sinclair’s half wolf form catch him off guard. Go easy on the kid – he’d just come to Massachusetts and they didn’t have half-wolf girls with thick Irish accents on the Apache reservation he grew up on.
The crack’s in Proudstar’s tough demeanor began to show when Sunspot went up against the Hellion called Roulette. She took great pleasure in throwing the New Mutant into a state of agony, but her ruthlessness didn’t sit right with James.
James Proudstar’s connection to the X-Man Thunderbird became clear in the next issue, when the White Queen confronted her charges about their skirmish with the now captive New Mutants.
Proudstar’s protests fell on deaf ears, and before he knew it he found himself in another altercation with Xavier’s students. The Mutants hastened their escape plan as soon as big time baddie Sebastian Shaw arrived on the scene.
The New Mutants and Kitty Pryde’s extreme desire to escape from the Hellions planted a seed of doubt in James Proudstar’s mind. He wouldn’t remain with the villainess for much longer; in fact, after a failed attempt on Xavier’s life in UNCANNY X-MEN #193, Proudstar would forever flee from the influence of the Hellfire Club. He changed his name to Warpath and joined up with the remnants of the New Mutants in NEW MUTANTS #99, just in time for that team to turn into Cable’s X-Force. Since then, Warpath’s been a force for good in the Marvel Universe as he continues to honor his brother’s memory.
Check out some of Warpath’s more heroic adventures in X-FORCE and X-MEN!
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SPOILER ALERT: If you have not read SINESTRO #1 and do not wish to know what happens, stop reading this post now (major spoilers ahead!).
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This week, Marvel returns to Anaheim for Wondercon 2014! Today, Marvel is proud to unveil our panel schedule full of the hottest creators in the industry, bringing fans an exciting chance to hear from their favorite All-New Marvel NOW! writers, artists and editors.
That’s right True Believer – you can’t afford to miss out on this year’s star studded Marvel panels! If you’ve never experienced a Marvel panel live, you don’t know what you’re missing! Stop by for a Q&A with your favorite creators and as always, fun surprises!
Please note, all guests, times and rooms are subject to change.
Saturday, April 19th
MARVEL: All-New Marvel NOW!
Want to start reading Marvel Comics? There’s no better time than Marvel NOW! And there’s no better place to learn about all our thrilling and creatively diverse All-New Marvel NOW series than this panel! Panelists include Editor Sana Amanat and writers Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I?, Ultimate FF), James Robinson (Fantastic Four, All-New Invaders), and Mark Waid (Daredevil, Hulk)!
Sunday, April 20th
MARVEL: Breaking Into Comics the Marvel Way
Are you a writer or artist? Ever dream of working for Marvel? Do you find yourself thinking “I could do that, if I knew how!” Well, here’s your chance! Join Editor Sana Amanat and panelists Kris Anka (X-Men), Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel), Sam Humphries (Avengers A.I.), Steve Lieber (Superior Foes of Spider-Man), Richard Isanove (Savage Wolverine), Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men), James Robinson (Fantastic Four, All-New Invaders), and Mark Waid (Daredevil, Hulk) to find out how to get your foot in the door at MARVEL!
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