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Quote1 To a genius like me your insipid ramblings are laughable! I sneer at you all! Quote2
-- Egghead (Elihas Starr)

Appearing in "Betrayed by the Ants!"Edit

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Synopsis for "Betrayed by the Ants!"Edit

A group of mobsters, afraid to commit crimes in fear of getting captured by Ant-Man come to the realization that they don't have the intelligence to defeat their foe. Days later they learn of a scientist known as "Egghead" who was discharged from the U.S. Government Atomic Energy Board under allegations that he was selling government secrets to the highest bidder. The mobsters then hire Egghead to find a way to defeat Ant Man. Egghead agrees to do so for the price of ten grand.

Egghead begins by learning everything he can about ants and constructing a device that could communicate with ants via electrical impulses (much like Ant Man's helmet.) Using this device on a nearby ant hill, Egghead commands the ants there to lure Ant-Man into a trap that he has set for the hero.

Returning to the mobsters' hide out, he reveals to them that he plans on trapping Ant-Man on fly paper and tells them that while Ant-Man is being lured to the trap they can conduct the jewel heist they were planning.

Ant-Man, being led to the scene of the crime by his ants, is blown into a box lined with fly paper by Egghead using a bellows. Surprisingly, Ant-Man is not stuck on the paper and uses spring-loaded boots to hop out of the trap and attack the mobsters, whom he easily defeats with his human sized strength.

While the crooks are distracted, Ant-Man commands his ants to trap them by dropping a large sheet of fly paper that they ants carried up the ceiling and dropped on them from overhead. The escaping crooks find that their getaway vehicle has had the tires flattened and the keys stolen and are quickly rounded up by the police, Egghead manages to escape.

Overhearing Ant Man's explanation to the police, Egghead learns that the ants did not betray Ant Man and told him of Egghead's plot, allowing him to prepare for the trap by instructing his ants to sabotage the crooks' escape car and having the necessary equipment to overcome Egghead's traps.

Although Egghead escapes, his defeat causes him to go into hiding until he finally becoming a rambling derelict in a Bowery flophouse.

Appearing in "Strange Mission"Edit


  • Alfred Pook
  • Harold
  • Dr. Smith

Synopsis for "Strange Mission"Edit

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Appearing in "I Found the Impossible World"Edit


  • John Fleming
  • Bartho
  • Ricca

Synopsis for "I Found the Impossible World"Edit

A time traveler, John Fleming, has returned to earth and finds he has no recall of his journey even thought he appears to have aged 10 years. In actuality, Fleming had visited a future earth where peace, prosperity, and technological advances marvel him. However, his greed to acquire the world's riches causes him to create tension among the world's leaders. When a truth detection device, show Fleming to be the sinister source behind the scenes. He is sentenced to 20 years in prison. After ten years, he is pardoned and sent back to 1962 with no recall of his time traveling adventure. The future world wanted no more visitors that would bring greed and dissension to it.

Appearing in "The Secret of the Statues"Edit


  • Gizzard
  • Undetermined Aliens from another world

Synopsis for "The Secret of the Statues"Edit

An art critic visits a sculptor to give him his opinion of his work. He tells the crestfallen man that his statues appear lifeless. He faints when one of the statues calls him a fool. It turns out the 'statues' were aliens attempting to pose as Earthlings in order to infiltrate. They deposit the critic outside and depart Earth.

  • This issue is reprinted in other comics and books, see references for more info.[1]


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  1. The first story is reprinted in the following comics/TPB's: The second story is reprinted in the following comics/TPB's: The third story is reprinted in the followng comics/TPB's:



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