See how Hank Pym went from shrunken scientist to costumed Avenger!

1917 to 2017: 100 years of Kirby.

Join us to celebrate Jack “King” Kirby’s 100th birthday by learning about the characters and stories he created that changed comics forever. To commemorate Jack’s centennial, we’ve sat down with the modern-day creators he influenced—and the decades of work he gifted us all.

Jack Kirby drew hundreds of pages of anthology comics in the early 1960s—scientists ran afoul of aliens and monsters got loose across one-off stories. Most of the characters in those books never featured more than once…with the exception of Ant-Man.

But before he had his super moniker, he was just another protagonist in the 1962 anthology story “The Man in the Ant Hill,” found in TALES TO ASTONISH #27.

Tales to Astonish (1959) #27

Tales to Astonish (1959) #27

  • Published: January 10, 1962
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Steve Ditko
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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From the start—the cover featured giant green ants pulling a man into a dark hole—this story jumped right into the scares, especially for the myrmecophobes (people with a fear of ants) in the reading audience.

In the pages of this would-be one-off, the action moved back in time to show a scientist named Henry Pym using a newly developed formula to shrink a chair before restoring it to normal size. Moved by his success, Pym thought back to the derision he suffered from his colleagues for choosing to follow his own unique scientific interests.

In need of a human guinea pig, the wayward scientist used a few drops on himself—and shrank down much faster than expected. As he struggled to climb to the window sill where his growth serum sat, a nearby ant colony sent out its troops to investigate the potential intruder.

In an attempt to escape the insect onslaught, Hank jumped into a nearby ant hill, fell down a pit, and landed in a pool of honey. To his shock, an ant helped him out of the sticky (and potentially lethal) trap…but Pym saw no such compassion from the horde at-large.

After spotting a match, the microscopic scientist threw a pebble at it to ignite the flame. And thanks to a makeshift rope—and his knowledge of judo—Hank Pym escaped the ant hill and returned to the surface.

Unexpectedly, a single ant followed him out of the mound. Exhausted, Pym nearly surrendered to the bug—before realizing that this ant saved him moments before. Hopping onto the creature’s back, he rode up the wall to the growth formula. When he regained his usual size, Pym dumped his serums down the drain and—seemingly—gave the project up forever.

…Until TALES TO ASTONISH #35 came out a few months later! Turns out, Hank couldn’t get his diminutive friends off his mind, and—continuing his studies—developed a helmet that allowed him to communicate with the critters.

Tales to Astonish (1959) #35

Tales to Astonish (1959) #35

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Around the same time, the U.S. government tasked the scientist with making an anti-radiation formula, though a malevolent foreign regime wanted access to the study. When a team of agents came for the material, Pym donned a suit, put on the helmet, and used the shrinking serum to escape undetected—before defeating his foes one-by-one. And with that act against evil, Ant-Man was born.

His journey continued in TALES TO ASTONISH, where he soon welcomed The Wasp. The insectoid duo later helped form the original Avengers and began their decades of adventures together—all thanks to the minds of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more Kirby klassics! And join the conversation on all of our social channels with the hashtag #Kirby100.

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Program includes animated shorts, chapter books and expanded line of merchandise debuting this Fall!

Little True Belivers, this one’s for you! Starting this Fall, we’re gearing up for the brand new school year with “Marvel Super Hero Adventures” – a multi-platform content program targeting Marvel’s youngest fans through animation and publishing. Through stories that touch upon aspirational themes of friendship, helping others, and heroism, preschool kids and young readers will have a gateway into the Marvel Universe. This new program will be supported by new offerings across comic books, graphic novels and merchandise including toys, lifestyle and apparel.

Marvel Animation will launch a season of 10 short-form episodes for the pre-school audience. The 3.5 minute animated episodes will feature Spidey in an epic team-up with other inspiring and brave Marvel heroes like Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Ant-Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Wasp, Ms. Marvel and more. Platforms and launch date for this short-form series will be announced at a later date.

Debuting in September will be a series of early-reader chapter books joining the existing line of popular Marvel Super Hero Adventures activity books and storybooks from Marvel Press. The first chapter book, “Deck the Malls!,” written by MacKenzie Cadenhead and Sean Ryan, illustrated by Derek Laufman, features Spider-Man and Spider-Gwen in a fully illustrated adventured with a bonus one-page comic. Three more chapter books and an expanding publishing program will continue through 2018 and beyond.

The Super Hero Adventures merchandise is led by a toy collaboration with Hasbro, featuring new character tie-ins and play experiences inspired by Marvel Animation. They’re a perfect way for preschoolers to celebrate their young passion for Marvel in their daily lives. Further merchandise rollouts include wide offerings across toys and apparel with supportive collaborations from Mad Engine, Jay Fanco, GBG, Jakks Pacific and others–all representative of the major categories for Marvel preschoolers. Additional Marvel Super Hero Adventures products will debut throughout October during Marvel Mania, Marvel’s celebratory campaign spanning marquee retailers including Walmart, Target, Toys R Us and more.

Parents and fans around the world can share the Marvel Super Heroes Adventure program with young fans as it expands even more in Spring 2018.

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Josh Keaton talks about taking on the role of Scott Lang in 'Marvel’s Ant-Man' shorts!

Good things come in small packages as Marvel Animation’s series of cartoon shorts is kicking off this weekend with “Marvel’s Ant-Man” on Disney XD. The debut of these six new action-filled shorts gives viewers a peek into the life of Scott Lang as he battles Yellowjacket, finds common ground with Wasp, and creates a giant piece of cheese. You know, the typical super hero life.

Marvel.com talked with the new voice of Ant-Man Josh Keaton, whose previous roles include many familiar video game voices and most recently, Shiro on “Voltron: Legendary Defender.” We spoke with Josh about taking on the exciting task of voicing of the Ant-Size Avenger, and whether saving the world or helping with homework is the more difficult task.

Marvel.com: Have you always been a Marvel comics fan?

Josh Keaton: Absolutely, my favorite comic book character is Spider-Man. Ant-Man is a new thing for me, I didn’t go into this knowing as much about him so I had research more about the character, I started reading more about Scott as the process was going on.

Marvel.com: How did you decide to approach the character of Scott Lang, did you use past iterations of Ant-Man (“Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!,” Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man” movie) to get his character just right or is this your own new variation on Scott Lang?

Josh Keaton: I’m definitely putting my own spin on it, I like a lot of the stuff that other people who have played him have contributed. I like Paul Rudd’s snarkiness, I’ve been a fan of his for a long time. It’s not necessarily a recreation of any particular performance, I’m taking elements of what I’ve read about the character and how I feel he would be.

Marvel.com: Is there a particular way you get into character to voice a superhero? Most superheroes have alter egos so it’s really two characters in one but here you have Scott Lang, Ant-Man, and also Giant Man, so you get three characters in one.

Josh Keaton: At the end of the day it’s all Scott. He’s got the mask on but he’s very much the same character in and out of the suit. There’s not a lot he’s trying to hide, if anything he’s trying to prove himself to the rest of the Avengers and trying to prove that he’s not a bad guy. He’s a likeable guy and he wants to be liked.

Marvel.com: You’ve voiced Shiro in “Voltron Legendary: Defender.” While Shiro is a born leader, Scott was pretty much thrown into the action. How does that manifest itself in the way you approach voicing “Marvel’s Ant-Man”?

Josh Keaton: It helped the process that I wasn’t as familiar with the character as I have been with other superheroes that I’ve played. Shiro is larger so there’s a physicality that I get into when voicing him, and Ant-Man is more like an everyman. There are definitely some parallels between the characters—there’s a huge amount of loyalty that you can find in both. It’s really more of a mental place to get into, rather than physically preparing to get into the role.

Marvel.com: With these shorts you get a quick but concise look into Scott Lang’s world. What do you think fans will like most about these shorts?

Josh Keaton: One of the things that I really love about the shorts is the fact that—much like the fact that he can shrink and grow—his problems and the enemies that he faces also shrink and grow. I mean, he’s fighting this massive force of nature in one, and then in another one he’s fighting the exterminator that’s going to kill his ant buddies. It’s just a run of the mill exterminator that is just as much of a supervillain to his ant buddies as a much bigger supervillain would be to the rest of the world. He still has that loyalty to his little buddies that he does to humanity.

Marvel.com: Wasp is clearly superior when it comes to plan of attack against enemies, do you think Scott’s faltering helps his character?

Josh Keaton: Absolutely. He’s able to poke fun at himself. He knows that he’s still kind of figuring stuff out, things are going to go wrong and he just kind of deals with it. There’s definitely a relaxed-ness to him, even under fire. There’s even a little bit of crossover with Spider-Man, there’s that humor that comes out under fire and Scott’s always down to make the joke.

Marvel.com: Yellowjacket ruining kids’ science projects is the ultimate in villainy, do you think Scott has a more difficult time fighting the bad guys or helping out Cassie with her homework?

Josh Keaton: How much more evil can you get than messing up kids’ science projects? I think it’s a little bit of both. I have two young kids and I barely have time, so if I had to add fighting supervillains to my schedule, I don’t know how I’d get it all done.

Marvel.com: What would you like to say to the fans who’ll be tuning in this weekend?

Josh Keaton: Thanks for watching, thanks for supporting Marvel and everyone who worked so hard to make these!

Catch Josh Keaton as the voice of Ant-Man in “Marvel’s Ant-Man” when the first of six of the two-minute shorts titled “Science Fair,” will debut on Disney XD on Saturday, June 10 starting at 7:58 AM ET, with “Alien Invasion” and “Soup Time” following in every four hours at 11:58 AM and 2:58 PM. The next three shorts will follow on Sunday, June 11 with “Exterminator” at 11:28 AM, followed by “Proton Cube” at 5:28 PM and finally, “Not a Date” at 8:58 PM.

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Watch them all now!

Ant-Man continues to prove he’s one of the biggest heroes around in three new animated shorts!

Scott Lang, a.k.a. Ant-Man, goes from his daughter’s science fair to warding off an alien invasion and more in these new tales. Want to learn more about how they all came together? Then check out our interview with Ant-Man voice actor Josh Keaton!

These are just the first three of six shorts coming your way, Marvelites, and you can catch them all on Disney XD starting this weekend! “Science Fair” will debut on Saturday, June 10 starting at 7:58 AM ET, with “Alien Invasion” and “Soup Time” following in every four hours at 11:58 AM and 2:58 PM. The next three shorts will follow on Sunday, June 11 with “Exterminator” at 11:28 AM, followed by “Proton Cube” at 5:28 PM and finally, “Not a Date” at 8:58 PM.

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What better time for a heist than summer? Ant-Man feels that way, anyway, so this June will see he and his handpicked team doing just that in ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #9 on June 15 with writer Nick Spencer and artist Ramon Rosanas acting as backup.

With so many thieving types in the Marvel Universe though, we just could not help but want to offer Ant-Man some suggestions about what talent he might tap.

Batroc

Batroc

Batroc the Leaper

While best known for his talent at savate, it can be easy to forget that Batroc used those talented feet, predominantly, especially early in his career, to aid him in a series of thefts. His bombastic nature does not make him an ideal on a team but if you get in a jam, he has the talent to fight his way out of it.

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Black Cat

She may be an obvious choice but that probably means she could not be more right for the job. A thief from the word go, sure she has made some attempts at the straight life, but even at her best, she cannot resist a little pilfering here and there. And these days? These days she has been all over the place, exuberantly embracing her bad.

Black Fox

Black Fox

Black Fox

A classic case of age and treachery before youth and beauty, this aging jewel thief did a number on Spider-Man for years, playing upon the Wallcrawler’s sense of guilt to escape time and again. When that act got old, he proved cunning and immoral enough to pull one over on Eric O’Grady. You cannot trust him, but there can be no doubt of his skill at stealing and getting away with it.

Fantomelle

Fantomelle

Fantomelle

Genetically engineered to be drawn to heists, Fantomelle has a track record that her similarly named predecessor—keep reading—could only boast about fictionally. A master infiltrator, she has a second-to-none reputation for getting into impossible locations with no one being the wiser. On a team of flashier operatives, the ability to get in and out without a scene can prove invaluable.

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Fantomex

Yes, most of his reputation as a master thief comes entirely from his own self mythologizing and not at all from his actual actions. That said, he did some good thieving while trifurcated—divided into three people—and regardless, every heist team needs a guy who can talk a good game. Fantomex has such a silver tongue he will be a natural for the part.

Gambit

Gambit

Gambit

Like him or not, the Cajun with a twinkle in his eyes cannot be underestimated. The most talented thief who now lives—mostly—on the side of angels, Gambit has been trained to steal from childhood. Even if he does largely dance on the safe and narrow these days, there can be no denying his talents for thievery that a lifetime of working them has only honed.

Mystique

Mystique

Mystique

Sometimes even a gift for gab or flirtation cannot get you out of a tight spot. For those moments, the ability to change one’s appearance to resemble anyone else cannot be underestimated. But Mystique’s value does not end with shapeshifting. She also possesses a history of infiltration and thievery that prove she has what it takes no matter what face she wears.

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Prowler

Prowler’s foray into crime ended up being very brief. However, he has been using the skills and gadgets he exhibited in that first attempt at theft ever since. A hero who has spent most of his career impersonating others or stealing things back, Prowler has a talent for the heist even when he does it for the good guys.

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Stilt-Man

You know what makes breaking into a building and stealing a rare item or a bundle of cash harder? Doing it all on stilts. And yet, Stilt-Man has based his entire career on that gimmick. Granted, he might not have been wildly successful yet, but he has to catch a break someday, right? And if not, what a great distraction while you and your team run the other way.

Storm

Storm

Storm

She has moved on to bigger and better things, no doubt, but Storm once had to steal just to survive. Commonly thought of as a pickpocket, the real selling point of Storm on a heist comes from her ability to make the weather as camouflaging or distracting as needed and that her true thieving talent lay in another kind of picking—locks.

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Guest artist Brent Schoonover gathers Scott Lang's greatest foes!

Scott Lang just wants to be a hero and a father. Too bad for him a group of villains want to take him down. They’ve even formed a club thanks to Power Broker and his HENCH app. They’ve creatively named it “The Superior Foes of Ant-Man” and will be drawn by guest artist Brent Schoonover. Writer Nick Spencer will send the group after the hero starting with ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #8.

The HOWLING COMMANDOS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. artist previously collaborated with Spencer on ANT-MAN ANNUAL along with regular ASTONISHING artist Ramon Rosanas. Schoonover attempts to meld his style with Rosanas’ in order to keep the look of the book consistent. To see the results, check out ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #8 on May 18!

Marvel.com: As an artist what’s appealing to you about Ant-Man both as a character and as a super hero?

Brent Schoonover: Perspective. In terms of drawing you get to have so much fun with the change of size. You can pretty much just do anything. There [are] no real rules. Even a character the size of Galactus you still have to keep consistent. But with Scott you can have him jumping through the small holes of an air vent or dangling onto a dog’s floppy ear. The challenge of presenting those situations in a cool way is what gets your creative juices flowing. It sounds funny but I’d put it up there with drawing an epic Hulk vs. Thing battle in terms of excitement an artist gets on how to present the best visual possible.

I love the way Nick approaches Scott; very quick witted. His verbal jabs are just as striking as [ones] with his fists. Maybe better. As funny as the book is though I think it’s great how the relationship Scott has with his daughter really brings the tone back to reality a bit. The tension between those two is the highlight of the book for me. And it’s the catalyst for Scott to remember that he has an amazing gift with these Ant-Man powers that he’s not exactly using to the best of his abilities. But he’s trying. He’s a super hero in progress.

Marvel.com: You mentioned the father-daughter relationship in addition to the super hero action. How is it jumping between those two kinds of scenes for you?

Brent Schoonover: I love it. Like I mentioned earlier, the father-daughter stuff is kind of the glue that holds the book together. Cassie is pretty interesting just from her young history in the Marvel Universe. I love the direction they are going with her right now and I think seeing how Scott is doing with just trying to be her dad who doesn’t get a lot of time with her, and now he has to worry about her suiting up—that makes from some really good drama. Also as a dad to two young daughters I feel like Scott is giving me a blue print of what not to do as my kids get older!

Marvel.com: Does moving from a larger team book like HOWLING COMMANDOS to ANT-MAN take any kind of adjustment as an artist?

Brent Schoonover: [Laughs] What am I gonna do with all this panel space? We had 10 team members on COMMANDOS, and Maria Hill was basically there most of the time as well. So it was a large cast, though I loved them and miss them a ton. So to go to a solo character, it was pretty refreshing. Not that drawing a solo book automatically makes things simpler or easier, but there’s just less characters you need to account for in layouts and staging.

The biggest adjustment for me was Ramon Rosanas has been doing great work on this series for quite a while, and I wanted to make sure that I came in and tried to be myself artistically, but I really hate when there’s an abrupt change in art styles on a series, so I did my best to try and take a few things that Ramon does in his style and bring it in to what I do. Small stuff, but hopefully it helps when a regular reader buys the book.

Marvel.com: What can you tell us about the group of Ant-Man’s foes and what brings them together—aside from a keen dislike for Scott Lang?

Brent Schoonover: Money! Honestly I think it’s that even though they dislike Scott, and with good reason; the man has an impressive resume of getting the job done. And when you look at the [group], none of these guys really have leadership skills that it will take to pull of what they need to accomplish.

Marvel.com: You worked on the ANT-MAN ANNUAL with Nick previously. Was this a natural next step for you as collaborators? What sets one of his scripts apart from others you’ve worked on?

Brent Schoonover: The ANT-MAN ANNUAL was so much fun to do last summer. Even though it had been a while since we worked together, this time around Nick kind of wrote a little looser, left certain things for me to kind of expand on, like some fight scenes, or pages with lots of dialogue. I was able to adjust the number of panels and maybe add more character gestures for certain dialogue. It was a lot of fun. While Nick certainly keeps in good command of where the story needs to go and the visuals we need to get there, it was fun to have some freedom to bring moments to the issue that weren’t exactly written down already. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #8, written by Nick Spencer and drawn by guest artist Brent Schoonover, brings on the bad guys May 18!

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Much to everyone’s surprise—including, undoubtedly, Scott Lang himself—the star of ASTONISHING ANT-MAN has become an unlikely but highly effective tool in turning around the lives of super villains. Lang’s organization offers a sort of low judgment, low impact reform program that moves villains on the side of right without upending their lives or demanding they sacrifice their natural talents to a new lifestyle.

At Marvel.com we believe in rehabilitation too, so we got to work right away on a dossier of who else might benefit from a little change of perspective in the Sunshine State.

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Cardiac

For one thing, the beta particle-powered doctor started at the same place so many heroes do: angry at injustice. For another, he has gotten so close to reform already, helping the Superior Spider-Man and running the H.E.A.R.T. Clinic. With recent changes in our health care system addressing many of the issues that made him go bad, the time has come for Cardiac to be on the side of the angels.

Cache

Cache

Cache

If we have learned anything in the 21st Century, it’s the great potential of the computer for both good and evil. We have seen Cache succumb to that ugly side, the one fueled by garbage sites, widespread hoaxes, and cruel anonymous posters. Now, he can embrace the opposite, the Internet’s ability to bring people together, to solve problems, to entertain. Think of it as Cache 2.0.

Crusader

Crusader

Crusader

Faith can be a powerful thing, but for much of his “career” Crusader’s faith has been twisted by a need to prove it to superior to that of others. However, he has repeatedly found his efforts opposed and stopped, shaking his self-righteousness. Having rejected Hood’s invitation recently now may be the best time to reach him and convince him to use his faith to help, not hurt.

Gladiator by Alex Maleev

Gladiator by Alex Maleev

Gladiator

Melvin Potter’s life has been a tough one, shot through with manipulation and mental illness. But mental health treatment has come a long way in his lifetime and he has always been a good man when at baseline. Paired with the right resources and treatment plan, Gladiator would be able to re-write his legacy and prove a man need not be defined by his disorder.

Graviton

The reality of Graviton has always been that he has more power than he knows what to do with and some part of him realizes it. Therefore, he seems to forever be undone by his lack of confidence. Giving up a life of crime means finding support and training, more time to return to his first love, research, and a break from getting his machinations foiled time and again.

Mercy

Mercy

Mercy

While going about it in horribly inappropriate ways, Mercy’s main motivation comes from wanting to end others’ pain. If she can be taught that murder cannot be the answer, no matter how much hurt she perceives someone to have, and demonstrate some creativity, she has the drive and the power set to be a valuable asset to the hero community.

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Joystick

A slave to her own impulsive nature, Joystick appears to be in the villain game mostly for the rush, for the constant action. If one can divide her love of sensation from the idea that only crime can provide that sensation, she could prove a very competent hero. She’s definitely a project, but a realizable one for sure.

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Shocker

For Shocker, the villain game has brought him nothing but pain, humiliation, and an anxiety disorder. Why not take his smarts—he built his own sonic rig after all—and his genuineness across the proverbial hero/villain divide? What does he have to lose besides a life of daily disappointment and panic?

Southpaw

Southpaw

Southpaw

A glimpse into the future already revealed a possible timeline where Southpaw embraces a hero’s path, so why not accelerate the process now? Her temper might present a problem but if she can rein that in, she seems to have an instinctually heroic side already.

Sunturion

Sunturion

Sunturion

Little more than a corporate tool, Arthur Dearborn already knows that the corporation that created him, Roxxon, thinks of him as little more than figures on the ledger. A hero reaching out to help him escape their unfeeling grasp would certainly mean a lot and it hardly seems farfetched that Sunturion, now familiar with life as a victim/survivor, would prefer to ensure the end of such crimes.

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Learn about the infinitely exciting new ongoing series directly from editors Nick Lowe, Heather Antos, and Jake Thomas!

This month, Marvel Comics will be debuting a new on-going series within its Infinite Comics line, which will provide readers with a new standalone story every month. The hook? Each creative team will focus on a particular character – or team – and tell a story about the events taking place in that given month.

We spoke to the co-editors for A YEAR OF MARVELS, Heather Antos and Jake Thomas along with Senior Editor, Nick Lowe, about what readers can expect to experience over the course of 2016 and the marvelous plans they have in story for readers with this infinitely exciting new series!

Marvel.com: Next month, Marvel is going to be rolling out a new, experimental monthly series called A YEAR OF MARVELS. Can you tell us what makes this more of an experiment than other ongoing series Marvel is rolling out in the post-Secret Wars relaunch?

Nick Lowe: At the House of Ideas we are always trying to look ahead and push the boundaries of what comics can and should do. That’s why we started making Infinite Comics. We’re constantly experimenting with Infinite Comics and this project felt like a great opportunity to kick the tires and try some new things. We also widened our talent nets on these stories, so wait until you see some of the people working on these!

Marvel.com: Nick, how exactly are you – or the editors working on this series – going about selecting the creators for these stories? Is this going to be a new sort of proving grounds for Marvel to develop new talent?

Nick Lowe: Pretty much how we usually do. For this one, the difference was that we had an overall structure for what we wanted. But beyond that, at Marvel, an editor reaches out to talent that excites them and they work together to build the best story possible.

Marvel.com: So, what made you think that this was something Marvel needed?


ANT-MAN art by Ryan Browne

ANT-MAN art by Ryan Browne

Nick Lowe: The fact that none of us could remember it being done before at Marvel or really anywhere. Doing a year in the life of the Marvel Universe just seemed like a fun opportunity for us and our creators.

Marvel.com: Heather and Jake, this has to be an amazing opportunity to work with some of the most established characters in the Marvel Universe. What can you tell us about this opportunity with which you’ve been involved?

Heather Antos:
With most of my books taking place in a galaxy far, far away, it’s been so much fun to take an editorial stab at one of Marvel’s biggest characters – Ant-Man! And getting to do so with the collaboration of Amy Chu and Ryan Browne has been a dream come true!

Jake Thomas: I’ve worked on just about every marquee title Marvel has at this point…except Spider-Man. Consequently, I’ll jump at just about any opportunity to do a story with ol’ web head. And getting the incredible Ryan North to write him and Danilo Beyruth to draw it…what could be better?


SPIDER-MAN art by Danilo Beyruth

SPIDER-MAN art by Danilo Beyruth

Marvel.com: Can you give us a little preview as to the issues you’ve been working on for the series release?

Jake Thomas: In our story, coming out in February, it’s Valentine’s Day, and the old Parker luck has struck again as Pete gets waylaid on his way to his date by a run-in with The Vulture, the most unromantic of villains. The highest of jinks ensue.

Heather Antos:
For me, it’s March in Miami, which means Spring Break is in high season! But business is down for Ant-Man Security Solutions, which means Scott will take just about any gig that comes with cash – including stealing back stolen goods in the middle of a Spring Break Bash!

Marvel.com: Any hints as to who else we’ll see showing up during A YEAR IN MARVELS?

Heather Antos: Oh come on, you’re not asking me to give away the big reveal now are you? Where’s the fun in THAT?!?! (Though I hear there will be some blasts from the past…)

Jake Thomas: I suppose the question fans might have regarding my story is with WHOM is Peter going on this Valentine’s date? Read to find out!

Marvel.com: Are there are any other big moments you think will have fans talking in the months to come?


ANT-MAN art by Ryan Browne

ANT-MAN art by Ryan Browne

Heather Antos: When you’ve got a universe filled with aliens, mutants, Inhumans, and playboy billionaire geniuses, how can you NOT have big moments for the fans to talk about?

Jake Thomas: From what I’ve heard, it sounds like there’s going to be a lot of crazy bananas stuff coming down the pike in this series. Who would want to miss out on bananas?

Marvel.com: Now, tell me about the creative teams you’ve pulled together – who are they and how did you go about finding them?

Heather Antos: Amy Chu is one of the newer faces to the Big Two that I’ve been dying to work with ever since I joined Marvel. She’s got a fresh perspective on these characters and I couldn’t ask for more! And paired with the animated art of the wonderful Ryan Browne, what’s not to love?

Jake Thomas: Who better to write the quick quips of a put-upon Peter Parker than Ryan North? He’s shown his mastery of good-natured heroics with SQUIRREL GIRL (which I worked on the first issue of before that wily Jon Moisan snaked it away from me!) and ADVENTURE TIME, Spidey seemed like obvious casting! JL Mast did the layouts, and he’s a dynamo at exploiting the possibilities of the Infinite medium. And Danilo Beyruth brings so much personality and action to the story, it’s a wonder to behold!


SPIDER-MAN art by Danilo Beyruth

SPIDER-MAN art by Danilo Beyruth

Marvel.com: Will these teams work together just for one issue with other creators coming on later in the series? Who else can we expect to see working on A YEAR OF MARVELS?

Heather Antos: While the Ant-Man team of Amy and Ryan will only be appearing together once in A YEAR OF MARVELS that doesn’t mean that this will be the last we will see of them! But I hear we’ll being see the work of lots of other talented folks you won’t want to miss out on!

Jake Thomas: I think the bright, shining stars of Ryan and Danilo will only be seen together once during A YEAR OF MARVELS, but that’s not to say either one of them won’t pop up again. Who knows what the future may hold?

Marvel.com: Editorially speaking, you’ve worked mostly (though not exclusively) with the more conventional approach to comics. What sort of unique challenges does storytelling in through Infinite Comics provide you and your creative teams?

Heather Antos: I’ve actually had my hand in a few Infinite Comics at Marvel including 2015’s Secret Wars tie-in X-MEN ’92. I absolutely love the format – it’s tons of fun and great challenge to see what creators come up with to fit the unconventional comic format – the process is quite different than making a traditional issue!

Jake Thomas: It’s a whole new rhythm and language. I’ve worked on a few Infinite Comics at this point, and it really opens up your mind to all the possibilities of the medium because you have to really question a lot of the conventional wisdom you’ve relied upon in normal comics.

Marvel.com: Moving past the challenges you’ve faced, what have you enjoyed about working with this method of comics storytelling that you hadn’t experienced working with your regular titles?


SPIDER-MAN art by Danilo Beyruth

SPIDER-MAN art by Danilo Beyruth

Heather Antos: When it comes to Infinite Comics, the creators have a lot more control over the overall pacing of a story. You get the power to decide exactly how each panel will be received – and as you know, with great power comes great responsibility!

Jake Thomas: I’m a big comedy fan, and one of the elements that’s extremely important in both comedy and Infinite Comics is rhythm. You have a lot more options and control regarding how the story moves and how bits play out. The crew we’ve got on this story are VERY funny dudes who have crafted a really fun, fast story that I think people will really dig.

Marvel.com: Overall, how do you think this series is going to appeal to both regular and new Marvel Comics fans?

Heather Antos: With Marvel’s favorite cast of characters for their oldest fans and brand new stories for their newest readers, A YEAR OF MARVELS is going to be a blast and a half!!!

Jake Thomas: It’s hard to think of fans this WON’T appeal to. It’s a wide swath of the Marvel Universe, with both its characters and the creative forces behind them. It’s INFINITELY delightful!

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YALSA makes Marvel the only publisher with two books in the top 10 and many other titles make their cut for 'Great Reads'!

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) names MS. MARVEL and UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL some of the Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens in 2016! Not only does this make Marvel the only publisher with repeat appearances in the Top 10, but many other Marvel titles join their expanded Great Graphic Novels for Teens list, books that are intended for readers ages 12-18 that are both quality literature and appeal to teens. See what other books made the list below!

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Sam Wilson soars by for a team-up with Scott Lang this December in Astonishing Ant-Man!

Marvel’s smallest hero gets a big opportunity on December 23 when Captain America makes his way into the pages of ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #3 from writer Nick Spencer, artist Ramon Rosanas, and colorist Jordan Boyd.

What does Sam Wilson want with Scott Lang? We posed the question to editor Wil Moss:

“With Nick writing both ASTONISHING ANT-MAN and CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON, it just seemed like a no-brainer,” he explains. “This story actually fills in some blanks for what Sam was up to during the eight month gap following Secret Wars, so readers of CAPTAIN AMERICA ought to tune in for that alone! But stay for the charming cast of ex-cons and beautiful Miami beaches!

“Ramon and Jordan have a ball depicting this team-up. And how about that Mark Brooks cover?”

If you saw “Marvel’s Ant-Man,” you saw one encounter between Sam and Scott not end so well for the former, but in the Marvel Universe, the characters have a good relationship.

“Sam and Scott go back a ways, so Scott’s able to help Sam get some perspective on his new role,” says Moss. “And Sam’s new role, in turn, causes Scott to rethink whether or not he’s a hero anymore.

“Surprise: Sam comes to see Scott ‘cause he needs help breaking into something!”

Pick up this titanic team-up on December 23 when ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #3 hits!

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