A planned trip to the drive-in sparked an idea for one of these columns. A few weeks ago, one of the summer superhero movies, Ant-Man and Wasp, was playing at the local drive-in theater. This was an astonishing fact to me. Longtime Marvel fans know that Ant-Man was never very popular.
The “small hero” had been done so many times before- in everything from Gulliver’s Travels (when he’s amongst the giants in the land of Brobdingnab) to The Incredible Shrinking Man to TV”s Land of the Giants. And in comics, other diminutive heroes like Doll Man, Doll Girl and the Atom were always fighting fearsome giant threats. Such as… the neighbor’s house cat or toys that came to life.
When I was in fourth grade, my class published a student newspaper and used the proceeds to buy cool stuff. After we splurged on posters and kickballs, there was just a little bit left over. My teacher, Mrs. Shearer, turned to me and asked if I’d buy some comics for the class with the small amount of leftover change. Continue reading “With Further Ado #010: Don’t Belittle Others; “Be-Big” Them”