Synopsis for “The Gangster and the Giant!”
While practicing their size changing abilities and exercising, Giant-Man and the Wasp are interrupted by a visit from a police officer asking them to visit the police chief. Giant-Man rushes to the police station (utilizing his size changing abilities) and the Wasp is driven there by the police officer.
They are asked by the police chief to investigate a criminal named the Wrecker, who has been extorting store owners in the Brownsville area of Brooklyn. Threatening to burn down the stores if the owners didn’t pay for protection.
Resuming their civilian guises of Henry Pym and Janet Van Dyne, the two heroes go to Brownsville where they notice that the owner of Smith’s Hardware is selling his store in order to get out of the area, not wanting to bow down to the Wrecker. Seeing it and an opportunity to stop the Wrecker, Pym and Van Dyne buy the hardware store to bait a trap for the crook.
A few days later, furious that the hardware store is still in operation, the Wrecker sends some thugs to force Henry and Janet to pay protection money, the two heroes however manage to throw out the thugs without dawning their costumed identities. This brings praise from other store owners, but angers the Wrecker who orders plan “W” to be initiated.
Using a number of underlings to keep local police busy, the Wrecker appears at the hardware store to deal with Pym and Van Dyne personally. Arriving on the scene the Wrecker and his thugs are attacked by Giant-Man and Wasp. During the battle the Wasp is sprayed with DDT, causing Giant-Man to go on a rampage and easily defeats the crooks, tossing the Wrecker out for the other store owners to handle. While Giant-Man checks to see if the Wasp is okay (expressing his true feelings for her) the police arrive and unmask the Wrecker, revealing him to be Mr. Smith, the original owner of the hardware store.
With their mission accomplished, the two heroes return home on a flying ant.