In our spotlight on previously listed stock this week, we focus on Marvel’s tiniest hero and his entry into the Marvel Universe back in 1962. In Tales to Astonish #27, scientist Henry Pym became ‘The Man In The Ant-Hill’, in a slight variation on the usual ‘big-panty monster’ tropes which bore no foreshadowing of his heroic future. Nevertheless, Hank came back in costume in TTA #35, and embarked on a long career as Ant-Man, then Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket, and possibly a couple more identities we forget. Our copy of #27 suffers from (deep breath): a 1” tear mid-spine, through the entire body of the book, scribble on head of middle ant on cover (that’s a description, not an instruction!), spine glued at cover and first & final pages, also glued at centrefold, interior pages frayed at edges, with some small margin corners missing, but all pages present, all stories complete. Generally a very tired and ‘limp’ copy, but a complete low-grade key issue. #35 is a whole lot better, tight, flat and sound, with just minor chipping along the top edge and a small 1″ spine split at the bottom; no cover defacements and decent page quality. #27 PR p £325; #35 VG+p £375.