Real Name: Sam (last name unrevealed)
Identity/Class: Human, empowered by Pym Particles
Occupation: Professional thief
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Giant-Man (Henry Pym), Wasp
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: impersonated Giant-Man
Base of Operations: New York City
First Appearance: Tales To Astonish I#62 (December, 1964)
Powers: While wearing Giant-Man's costume, Sam could alter his size at will. Even at only one inch in height, he possessed his normal human strength. At 25 feet, he had superhuman strength Class 10.
History: (Tales To Astonish I#62)- "Second-Story Sammy" was a robber, theiving apartments for jewelry, when he was lifted off a building ledge by a fast-growing plant being tested by Giant-Man. Ultimately, the plant deposited Sam at the apartment building where Giant-Man lived and worked.
Finding Giant-Man unconscious, Sam learned his true identity was that of Dr. Henry Pym, and decided to sell that information for money. First, however, he removed his Giant-Man costume, and donned it himself. He tried to make himself grow, but found he was barely able to control that power, smashing through the roof of the building, and instead shrunk himself down to ant-size. Before he could test his newfound powers further, he was interrupted by Janet Van Dyne-- the Wasp-- and fled.
On his way through the streets, Sam found a jewelry store displaying "the K Diamond", and decided to steal it with his new powers. Shrinking through a crack in the window, he grabbed the diamond, but re-grew too quickly, setting off the burglar alarm! Panicking, he shrunk back to ant-size and hid among the jewels.
He was found there by the Wasp, who mistook him for Pym. She quickly realized he was an imposter, and the two scuffled. Jan was distracted by a cybernetic-communication from the real Pym, allowing Sam to enclose her in a jewelry case, and then run.
But Sam didn't make it very far before an ant, summoned by Pym, captured him, and flew him back to Pym's lab. Sam tried to defeat Pym, but Pym quickly knocked him unconscious with a single blow.
His costume restored, Pym saved the city from his fast-growing plant, and used memory-wiping serum on Sam, removing his memory of Pym's double identity, as well as his criminal inclinations. Pym hoped that now Sam would go straight. Yes, that sounds likely...
Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Carl Burgos.
Second Story Sam was sadly neglected in the plot of the Creatures from Kosmos that was supposed to effect all of those exposed to the Pym Particles. Maybe the writers of that plot (Perez?) drank some of Pym's memory-wiping serum as well.--Snood.
by Prime Eternal
Last updated: 08/01/02
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