Beginning with TALES TO ASTONISH #52, Giant-Man and The Wonderful Wasp's series was taken over by Dick Ayers (although Jack Kirby continued to do ALL the covers!). Don Heck's final episode was in TTA #54, which makes me wonder if it hadn't been sitting around for a few months. Heck would return to the characters in THE AVENGERS, especially when they rejoined to the group in issue #26.
TALES TO ASTONISH 52 / art by Jack Kirby & Sol Brosky (February 1964)
Wouldn't you know it? I don't even like this one, and it took me FAR more hours than normal to clean it up.
TALES TO ASTONISH 54 / art by Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers (April 1964)
TALES TO ASTONISH 55 / art by Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers (May 1964)
Below is one of the most time-consuming restorations I've done in months. In addition to fixing the edges, and a vast amount of the flat colors, I added art to the upper-left corner (which meant the entire top and left edges as well), PLUS, I tediously RECREATED the entire dark blue background pattern on a separate layer, in order to both enrich the color (which turned up ALMOST BLACK in the scan), as well as eliminating endless dirt, inconsistency, and an infinity of creases and other damage. I think it was worth it!
(Now if only the DESIGN itself didn't stink. Stan just did not know when to SHUT UP!! I sense a "Fantasy" version in the offing here...)
TALES TO ASTONISH 56 / art by Jack Kirby & Chic Stone (June 1964)
TALES TO ASTONISH 57 / art by Jack Kirby & Sol Brodsky (July 1964)
art by Jack Kirby & Paul Reinman (September 1964)
(Continued in Part 4)
Artwork Copyright (C) Marvel Comic
Raw scan of #52 from my collection
Raw scans of # 53, 54, 55, 56, 57 & 59 supplied by Barry Pearl
Raw scan of #58 from the Heritage Auctions site
Restorations by Henry Kujawa