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Quote1 Yes siree! Nobody knows it yet, but the guy called Giant-Man is about to begin a brand-new career -- which means that little Sammy will soon be the most successful crook in the world! Quote2
-- "Giant-Man" (Second-Story Sammy)

Appearing in "Giant-Man versus the Wonderful Wasp!"Edit

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Synopsis for "Giant-Man versus the Wonderful Wasp!"Edit

Working in his lab, Henry Pym has found a way to speed up the growth of plants, however his experiment soon gets out of control and the plant grows rapidly causing it to spread about the city. Shrinking down to ant-size, as Giant-Man he manages to stop the plants further growth by destroying it's tap root. However the plant still continues to grow (unknown to Pym), and when two-bit crook Second-Story Sammy makes an escape from a botched robbery, he ends up landing on one of the plants leaves and sliding into Pym's lab. There Sammy spies Pym's continued work on his experiment which causes an explosion that knocks him out.

Checking the unconscious body, Sammy learns Giant-Man's secret identity and decides to steal his costume, properly deducing that it's the source of Giant-Man's size changing powers. Learning a rudimentary understanding of how the costume works, Sammy storms out of Pym's lab to start a crime spree, but not before bumping into Janet Van Dyne on his way out, who follows after him as the Wasp.

Somewhere in the city, Sammy finds a jewelry store and robs it, but not before setting off the alarm and alerting the police. Learning of the robbery, the Wasp tracks Sammy (who she thinks is Henry Pym) and attacks him inside the jewelry store. At ant-size, the Wasp easily defeats the inexperienced Sammy, demanding to know where the real Giant-Man is.

Meanwhile, the plant continues to grow out of control, Pym wakes up and learns what's been going on since he was knocked out. He soon sees that the Wasp has been trapped in a glass jewelry box and sends on his ants to capture the faux Giant-Man. Carried back to Pym's lab, Pym easily dispatches Sammy with one punch, then with the aid of his ants finds and destroys the real tap root to the giant plant stopping it's further growth.

The Wasp frees herself and returns home to find the real Giant-Man waiting for her, the two heroes then turn over Second-Story Sammy to the police and clear Giant-Man's name.

Appearing in "Enter... the Chameleon!"Edit

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Synopsis for "Enter... the Chameleon!"Edit

Continuing from last issue, the army is about to execute the Hulk. While this is about to happen, the mysterious Leader hires the Chameleon to travel to New Mexico to find out what has happened to the spy he hired to steal the robot from the missile base. While in New York, Rick Jones hears of the Hulk's fate and is given permission from Captain America to go to his friend's rescue. Both the Chameleon (in disguise) and Rick Jones end up flying to New Mexico on the same plane.

While in New Mexico, Betty worries that perhaps Bruce ran into the Hulk while out in the desert, no knowing that the Hulk is really Bruce Banner himself. The Hulk, meanwhile, is attempting to break free of his bonds, bringing him near to the point where his level of excitement would cause him to revert back into Bruce Banner. Rick Jones arrives on the base and tries to get near the Hulk but fails each time.

The Chameleon fares better however, disguising himself as Thunderbolt Ross and asking the Hulk to aid him. When the Hulk refuses, the Chameleon, using General Ross' brass, sends the other soldiers away so they can talk more. While his back is turned, the Hulk's constant strain causes him to change back into Banner. He manages to escape the bonds that were made to hold someone of the Hulk's size. The fleeing Banner is found by Rick Jones, who secrets him away long enough to change his clothing.

Banner then reports to Ross who is reprimanding his soldiers for allowing the Hulk to escape. Talbot attempts to question Banner who rebuffs any demands for answers. Walking out of the room, Banner is knocked out and tied up by the Chameleon who disguises himself as Banner in order to steal the plans and a prototype for a grenade-type gamma bomb.

The Chameleon is interrupted by Betty Ross, who realizes that she is talking to an impostor. As the Chameleon is trying to capture the girl, Bruce Banner (who is locked in the closet) turns into the Hulk and smashes through the wall to save Betty. The Chameleon holds the Hulk at bay by threatening him with the Gamma grenade until the Hulk is scared off by an approaching military patrol.

The Chameleon then tries to get rid of Betty by shooting her off into a rocket speed-velocity test sled, but the Hulk manages to stop it and save Betty and chase after the Chameleon.

Knocking away an army of soldiers, the Hulk dives on the Gamma grenade, which the Chameleon attempted to use to destroy the Hulk. The resulting explosion is shielded by the Hulk's body. The gamma radiation causes the Hulk to revert back into Bruce Banner who escapes in the smoke.

Later, during a board of inquiry, due to Betty's testimony Banner is cleared of any suspected involvement, but Ross explains that he will find out what sort of connection (if any) there is between Banner and the Hulk. Elsewhere, the Leader decides that it's time that he himself get involved in finding the government secrets he seeks...

Appearing in "The Incredible Hulk"Edit

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Synopsis for "The Incredible Hulk"Edit

A one page "Marvel Masterwork Pin-Up"

  • Sequence III is a one page 'Marvel Masterwok Pin-up' by Jack Kirby entitled, "The Incredible Hulk". It is contained between pages 5 and 6 of the second story.
  • This issue is reprinted in other comics and books, see references for more info.[2]
  • First appearance of the Leader. The Leader will soon become one of the Hulk's most notorious adversaries. He made a behind-the-scenes appearance in Tales to Astonish #61.

  • Sequence I (Giant-Man story) is Job # X-807.
  • This issue contains the letters page, "Mails to Astonish". Letters are published from: Hank Hamilton, Al Mayer, Mike Gable, and Breck Clark. The letters page also inludes a "Special Announcement Section" and "The Mighty Marvel Checklist".

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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:

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