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Quote1 Under my leadership, our species will fulfill its destiny! We insects, who number in the trillions, shall seize control of the Earth from mankind! We shall become the masters of the world! Quote2
-- Scarlet Beetle

Appearing in "The Vengeance of the Scarlet Beetle!"Edit

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Synopsis for "The Vengeance of the Scarlet Beetle!"Edit

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Receiving emergency impulses on his devices from his ants, Ant-Man decides to investigate what appears to be problems in the insect world. There he finds an irradiated beetle, able to communicate telepathically. The Scarlet Beetle, mutated by exposure to radiation, plans to destroy the human race with the help of all the insects in his thrall (beetles, wasps, grasshoppers etc.)
Seeing Ant-Man as a potential obstacle in this plot, he orders his insects to capture him, remove his helmet and toss him in a pit that he cannot climb out himself. Stealing Ant-Man's size changing gas, the Scarlet Beetle exposes itself to Ant Man's growth gas and grows to human size. He then orders the insects on a campaign of terror, attacking humanity at all levels: knocking down hydro poles, stealing dynamite, and striking people ill with spider bites.

Meanwhile, although not on Ant-Man's head, his helmet sends out a signal that alerts his ants of his location, the ants arrive and help Ant-Man out of the pit. Regaining his helmet, he and his army of ants face off against the Scarlet Beetle's army of assorted insects, defeating them with honey, a water fountain and DDT spray.

Furious that his army was so easily defeated, the Scarlet Beetle is goaded into chasing Ant-Man into a nearby toy store. Inside Ant-Man manages to fight off the Scarlet Beetle long enough to secure a javelin from a toy knight and use it to pierce the shrinking gas canister that the Beetle wore around its body. Exposed to the gas once more, the Scarlet Beetle reduces back to his original size and is easily defeated by Ant-Man who traps the Beetle inside a deflated balloon.

Having the Scarlet Beetle decontaminated of radiation, it resumes its normal intelligence and abilities, Hank Pym releases it back into his back yard.

Appearing in "Ozamm the Terrible"Edit

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Synopsis for "Ozamm the Terrible"Edit

The alien Ozamm arrives on Earth and declares himself ruler and appears to be unstoppable. A man realises all his powers stem from Ozamm's ship so sneaks aboard and switches everything off and the alien is defeated.

Appearing in "The Toy Soldiers"Edit

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Synopsis for "The Toy Soldiers"Edit

A boy who enjoys toy soldiers buys a new civil war figure to place in his prisoner of war stockade. That evening, he and his father are attacked by an invader from the sixth dimension. Suddenly, the lights go out, and when they turn the lights back on, the invader has disappeared. They chalk it up to some sort of unusual shared dream, and go back to sleep. The following morning when the boy wakes up and peers into his model stockade, he sees the invader languishing in the cell guarded over by the toy soldier.

  • 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 following comics/TPB's:

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