Synopsis for “Trapped by the Porcupine!”
While putting on a show outside for children at a local orphanage, Giant-Man and the Wasp are unaware that they are being secretly watched by their foe the Porcupine. Porcupine uses his armor to cause Giant-Man and Wasp’s stunt (having Wasp cross between two buildings on Giant-Man’s body) to fail, and the two heroes have to prevent themselves from falling to their deaths, but Giant-Man hurts his ankle in the fall.
His initial attempt at revenge a failure, Porcupine makes his escape unnoticed. On his way back to his lab he recounts his first encounter with Giant-Man and Wasp (In Tales to Astonish #48.) Back in his lab and in his civilian guise, Porcupine develops a powerful sleeping gas that would even effect Giant-Man’s over sized lungs.
The Porcupine then decides to use the Giant-Man and Wasp fan club as a method to get revenge on the two heroes. Showing up at a local chapters club house, he convinces the club members to dress up as Giant-Man villains and visit the injured hero in order to cheer up. The fans hardly suspect that they are being duped by the real Porcupine and agree to organize the event.
Upon arriving Giant-Man’s headquarters to visit the injured hero, the Wasp is asked by Porcupine (whom everyone thinks is just a fan in a very convincing costume) to retrieve a “present” that he had purchased for Giant-Man but forgot in his car. The Wasp complies and once she is out of the room, the Porcupine strikes, unleashing his gas on everyone. Giant-Man however shoots up to full size and uses one of his gym rings to spin really fast and disperse the gas. Giant-Man battles the Porcupine until the villain gets loose and informs the hero that he had captured the Wasp and escapes.
Realizing that the Wasp is heading into a trap, Giant-Man races to her rescue, but cannot prevent her from being captured by the Porcupine, and cannot chase after his escape vehicle because of his injured leg. With the Wasp a prisoner of the Porcupine, Giant-Man resolves to find a way to save his partner in spite of his injuries.
Meanwhile, the Porcupine allows the Wasp to escape, sending a remote control quill to follow her so that he may find the location of Giant-Man’s home and find out the heroes true identity. When the Wasp arrives home, Giant-Man deduces the Porcupines plan and destroys the quill but not before the Porcupine finds his way to Giant-Man’s New Jersey home, and traps the Wasp via sticky paper from his quills.
The two battle inside Giant-Man’s home until the Porcupine grabs a number of Giant-Man’s capsules from his belt, thinking it’s they are growing capsules, the Porcupine takes them all. However the Porcupine realizes he’s made a grave error when he begins to shrink in size. Giant-Man cannot stop the process and soon loses the Porcupine once the villain has shrunk to microscopic size. After watching the Porcupine shrink down to a single microbe, he frees Jan from the paper, and the two talk about the battle as the story ends.