Prepare for the adventure of a lifetime with "Tales to Astonish" number 49. This collection of strange tales and amazing stories shows off the silver age of Marvel Comics. Revel in the first appearance of Giant-Man. Take in new characters and stories that are unique to the Marvel Universe.In "The Birth of Giant-Man!", fan favorite Ant-Man returns for a surprising adventure. Original Ant-Man Henry Pym changes his famous shrinking abilities after a new discovery. Changing his chemistry turns him into the large lifeform known as Giant-Man. Taken to another dimension by The Eraser, Pym must fight for freedom and the lives of other scientists. This creative villain, also known as The Living Eraser, captures scientists against their will. Janet Van Dyne, aka The Wasp, also appears in the adventure. The "Tales to Astonish" series of comics is known for its vignette-style stories. In the case of this comic, the stories are sci-fi oriented. The next tale, "Odd Skills," is an interesting tale about an auto shop manager. He is faced with a change in his life after weird events occur at night. How he deals with the alterations makes him a very different man. This vignette captures the format of novels with illustrations to highlight the textual story.Finishing up this volume is "The End of the World." Another sci-fi entry in this issue, the plot comes from the mind of Stan Lee. This influential figure helped to develop Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and The Avengers. This story relates to power and how people view its influence. An alien named Zarku asks for a surprising gift to celebrate his excellence. Worlds away, another entity views its effects with a very different viewpoint. As with other Lee titles, this story discusses themes of the time period, including isolationism. It also speaks to attitudes toward leaders at home and abroad.Marvel put together some of the most well-known names in comics for these stories. In addition to his role in creating "The End of the World," Stan Lee wrote the Giant-Man tale. When it comes to the graphic content, "The Birth of Giant-Man!" carries work from the great Jack Kirby. He acts as a penciler on the story while Don Heck handles inker duties. Other tales rely on the skills of Larry Lieber, Joe Maneely, and George Roussos. Their influences can be felt in the creative styling of each vignette. Lieber also revisited his writing abilities to create "The End of the World" working script.The cover shows off the Marvel approach to comic books. Bright colors and vibrant hues highlight Giant-Man's fight against The Eraser. The Wasp hovers next to the hero as she joins the comic book fight. Reds are especially prominent among the series cover. Stan Goldberg was responsible for this mix of color choices. Don Heck contributed to both the pencils and inks. Unlike many of his covers, Heck also added his signature and name to the work. Artie Simek provided the distinctive fonts and lettering.