Funny Books: Introducing the New Ant-Man! [Marvel Premiere 47 & 48]

Funny Books is back, and ready to piggy back on that sweet, sweet Avengers gravy train. From now until the premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Funny Books will take a look back at some of the Avengers’ most important moments. This time, we’re ganna explore the obscure origins of Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man and star of the upcoming Marvel movie, Ant-Man!

Warning: This article was written without any prior exposure to Marvel Premiere 47 & 48, 1979, by Davie Mechelinie, John Bryne, and Bob Laytonn. In many ways, this article is literally being written as you read it.

The story opens with Ant-Man, presumably Scott Lang, attacking a sick man, claiming that if the patient lives, his daughter dies!

A quick summary of Scott Lang up to this point. Lang was an electronics expert who fell on hard times and became a thief to support his family. When he got out, he was hired by Tony Stark, and even made the occasional cameo in the Avengers. But as this story goes on to tell, Lang’s daughter Cassie (a future Avenger in her own right) gets really sick:

Desperate, Lang returns to a life of burglary, and accidentally comes across Hank Pym’s old Ant-Man costume:

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Lang plays around with Pym’s shrinking particles, meets a few ants, and then launches on Operation: Kidnap-Famous-Doctor-To-Save-Daughter’s-Life. Hey, just cause the man’s short doesn’t mean his mission names have to be.

P.S. As long as they keep the flying ant in the movie, I’m happy. Also, please include at least one of these:

Lang manages to make his way to Dr. Sondheim, who is being held prisoner by an evil rich man whose motives aren’t important because his evil and rich. Frankly, you can rarely have one without the other. The story continues in Marvel Premiere 48, where we learn that the evil rich man was using the lower masses and Dr. Sondheim to prolong his own ultimately unimportant existence. Like I said, basic evil rich man stuff. Luckily, Lang is able to show his the errors of his ways:

With Sondheim free, Lang is able to save his little girl’s life, so all that’s left is his inevitable run in with Hank Pym, a.k.a Ant-man, a.k.a. Yellow Jacket, a.k.a. Goliath, a.k.a. Giant Man, a.k.a. Gordon Gecko. This goes…pretty good actually.

In classic superhero fashion, Hank Pym had been following Lang all along. So he knows that Lang is not only not a bad guy, but actually pretty heroic. And in a move that can only be described as both very generous and extremely naïve, Pym lets Lang keep his old Ant-Man costume.

To Pym’s credit, Lang has yet to hock it.

And thus ends the introduction of the new Ant-Man. The legacy of Ant-Man is unique in that it’s filled with very dysfunctional figures. Each person that takes up the mantle has some sort of black spot in their history. Hank Pym famously had a mental breakdown that he took out his wife Jane, Lang has had various troubles with the law, and Eric O’Grady just used the suit to pick up chicks. But at the end of the day, each Ant-Man is able to overcome their demons and save the day...

 *Plus, Scott Lang’s technically the “good” Ant-Man since he only stole to save his dying kid, which is probably why he’s starring in the movie and not the crazy one or sleezy one.

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