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Quote1 The peace lover of this world think to defeat me! They besieged my fortress! They intend to starve me out! But when you have built the ultimate weapon for me, an electro-death ray, the I shall conquer them all! Quote2
-- Kulla

Appearing in "Prisoner of the Slave World!"Edit

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Other Characters:

  • Imprisoned Scientists



Synopsis for "Prisoner of the Slave World!"Edit

Dropping in on a fellow scientist, Henry Pym finds that his colleague's door is locked. Fearing that his friend has fallen ill, he shrinks down in size and dons his Ant-Man guise and investigates. He finds his friend's lab mysteriously empty, with no trace of anybody.

Returning back home, in his civilian identity, Pym hears reports of scientists in various fields that have recently gone missing. Figuring that he may potentially be next on the list, Pym decides to be at the ready in case Ant-Man should have to spring into action.

A few days later, Pym is visited by a window washer trying to drum up extra business by offering to wash windows free for the week. Accepting the offer, he invites the window washer in. However, when he turns his back on the hired hand, Pym finds himself doused with a chemical that paralyzes him.

Transported to another dimension, Pym finds out that the window washer is working for an extra-dimensional tyrant named Kulla. Kulla has plotted to use Earth's scientists knowledge of atomic energy in order to construct a death ray to use against his enemies. Pym, realizing becoming Ant-Man is the only way to free his fellow scientists rebels and soon finds himself subdued and locked in a dungeon.

Left by himself, Pym then uses his shrinking gas and becomes Ant Man. He soon realizes that he can command the local insect life with his helmet and decides to use them in his plan to stop Kulla.

Freeing the scientists and fending off Kulla's guards with his human sized strength, Ant-Man is doused in paralyzing fluid again. Kulla storms in, attempting to smash Ant-Man with a hammer, but while immobilized Ant-Man commands the local insects to use Kulla's own weapon against him, striking the villain dead in one shot.

Just then, the freedom fighters of Kulla's dimension storm his base and capture the guards, with the scientists free Ant-Man returns to his cell and resumes his identity of Henry Pym until he is freed. Deciding to keep the window washer as their prisoner until he reforms, the freedom fighters send all the scientists back to their home dimension.

Appearing in "When the Beast Walks!"Edit

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Synopsis for "When the Beast Walks!"Edit

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Appearing in "The Curse"Edit

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Synopsis for "The Curse"Edit

A Latin American dictator is overseeing the work of his peasants when they uncover a treasure chest. He thinks to himself that he will get the treasure through cleverness, rather than force, and tells the peasants that they have uncovered the Vulture's treasure, a pirate who has placed a curse on it. He tells them, that as their leader, he will take the chest and bury it at sea and they cheer him for it. He thinks they are superstitious fools that deserve their poverty as he boards the boat to leave the country. A violent squall comes up that wreaks his boat and an apparition appears standing on the waves that seizes the chest and the dictator realizes he has outsmarted himself as there really was a pirate named Vulture who had cursed the treasure.

  • This issue is reprinted in other comics and books, see references for more info.[2]

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  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. 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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