Reader, be warned. This piece was originally intended to be part of one final look at the early career of poor Hank Pym. It's a post which will now appear, to my surprise as much as yours, in a coming ebook, as part of a completely rewritten piece on Ant-Man and the Wasp. But the following discussion of a number of panels from Tales To Astonish #44 doesn't belong there, and so, should you have one of those wearisome dead moments in your day to kill, here's one last look at the origin of the Wasp and the strangeness which surrounds it. With its strong suggestions of secret conspiracies and profound psychological instability, TOA#44 does suggest that Hank Pym was the victim of serious psychological problems long before Jim Shooter portrayed him as a wife-beating, nervous breakdown-bearing ex-Avenger. In fact, it seems that Shooter's much-criticised decision to turn Pym from fragile-minded superhero into disordered pariah was far more sensible and well-founded than some - such as my shameful self - were willing to concede.