Membership: Bill Foster, Giant-Man (Hank Pym),
the Twelfth (a giant-sized ant)
Purpose: To solve global hunger by enlarging
Aliases: Biotechnically Induced Growth (what
the B.I.G. acronym stood for)
Affiliations: Ant-Man (Scott Lang), the
Avengers (Black Widow/Natalia Romanova, Captain America/Steve Rogers,
Crystal/Crystalia Amaquelin, Vision/"Victor Shade"), Hawkeye (Clint
Barton), Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff), the US military (Lt. Arnold,
Douglas, Nate Juran, Ludwig,
others), Wasp (Janet Van Dyne); formerly
Col. Glenn L. Manning
Enemies: Agar, Captain Atlas (Att-Lass), Dr.
Honda, Kosmosians (Kolai, Pirei, others), Col. Glenn L. Manning, Doctor Minerva (Minn-Erva), the renegade
giant insects from their own labs
Base of Operations: The
B.I.G. Compound beneath Death Valley, Nevada, USA
First Appearance: Avengers I#379 (October,
History: (Avengers I#381/2 (fb) - BTS) - Hank
Pym and Bill Foster founded Project: B.I.G., a scientific think-tank in
which they both used their knowledge of Pym Particles to create a
variant Pym Particle stream that would enlarge food in the hopes of
ending world hunger.
(Avengers I#380/2 (fb)) - Hank Pym invited his
ex-wife Janet Van Dyne to visit Project: B.I.G., where he explained
B.I.G.'s purpose to end global hunger by using Pym Particles to enlarge
garden-based food. Janet was overjoyed for Hank's discovery of the Pym
Particle variant that he used to grow the food. While Bill Foster
agreed to join up with Hank, he chose not to tell his ex that he was
working with Hank again.
(Avengers I#379/2 (fb) - BTS) - Following the
scientific breakthroughs of Project: B.I.G., Hank Pym received the
scientific affirmation he had long felt he needed.
(Avengers I#381/2 (fb)) - To keep the balance of
nature consistent, Project: B.I.G. enlarged some everyday insects and
placed within Project: B.I.G.'s garden, risking that the insects might
react badly to the variant Pym Particle stream but regulating the
insects' exposure to the Pym Particles.
(Avengers I#380/2 (fb) - BTS) - Unfortunately, Hank
began letting a lot of his own opinions of himself ride on the success
of Project: B.I.G. and things turned sour soon after Project: B.I.G.'s
(Avengers I#382/2 (fb) - BTS) - The "sour turn" of
Project: B.I.G. began when some of Project: B.I.G.'s giant-sized
insects were secretly exposed to the alien Kosmosians' fear-mist
(alongside others who had been exposed to the Pym Particles that the
Kosmosians used to access Earth), which was activated by the formic
acid within the giant ants' bodies. The fear-mist caused the insects to
become confrontational and caused them great pain.
(Avengers I#379/2 (fb) - BTS) - Project: B.I.G.'s giant-sized insects escaped the Project. Hank Pym blamed himself for failing and took sole responsibility. When Hank heard of Sandra Descher's report about giant ants in Arizona, Hank Pym suspected the Project: B.I.G. ants and decided to investigate as Ant-Man.
(Avengers I#379/2) - On June 21st, Hank Pym recorded Project: B.I.G. report#153 in which he noted that the flying ants he rode seemed to blame him for the situation involving the giant ants. At 7:25am, Pym located the renegade herd of giant-sized ants in the Arizona desert chasing Sandra Descher, who had earlier reported the giant ants to the Whitmore Scientific Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. Finding his old ant ally Nash among the giant ants, Ant-Man battled the near-mindless Nash until Nash briefly regained cogniscence long enough to get parts of a message involving changing mists and monsters to Ant-Man. Nash then grew mindless once more and trapped Ant-Man in his pincers, forcing Ant-Man to grow into Giant-Man, breaking Nash's pincers and ultimately killing the ant to save Sandra Descher. Hank later took Nash's corpse back to his Project: B.I.G. lab in Nevada, where he ran a particle diagnosis comparison on the renegade giant ants using Nash as a basis. Attempting to contact Hank in the bio-scan lab, Dr. Bill Foster eventually managed to reach Hank and asked why Hank wasn't networking his research into Project: B.I.G.'s research computer so that Bill could evaluate Hank's findings. Hank replied that he was worried Bill would come to the same conclusion he had: that the particle structure of the renegade ants was missing the nutrients provided by B.I.G. Hank then shut off his communication link after mentioning that he had found traces of Pym Particles that matched his own, suspecting himself to be the cause of the ants' mutation. Bill opened the lab door to inform Hank that Project: B.I.G.'s detectors had flushed more readings in Santa Fe, New Mexico and upon hearing that the readings might not be ants, Hank had Bill charge the new Rover vehicle for travel to New Mexico. Finding four giant-sized insects in New Mexico, surrounded by the US military, Giant-Man watched as the military hit the insects with missiles, inadvertently causing them to grow larger. Announcing that he could handle the situation, Giant-Man allowed the military to retreat from the area before dive-bombing his Rover vehicle and emerging to physically fight off the insects.
(Avengers I#380/2) - While Giant-Man battled the insects, Bill Foster was back at Project: B.I.G.'s labs deciding to use the old Rover vehicle to assist Hank but he was blasted unconscious by the Kree Captain Atlas. Back in New Mexico, Giant-Man continued fighting the giant insects, where the giant tarantula fed on the giant grasshopper and Giant-Man used the giant scorpion's own stinger to kill it while the giant mantis caused pilot Nate Juran's death due to its wing vibrations. With Lt. Arnold's military plane also caught in the mantis' wing vibrations, Giant-Man, deducing that the giant insects were drawn to his Pym Particle use, grew past his optimal size, attracting the insects to him. Giant-Man then quickly shrank down then back up to daze the mantis before smashing the mantis into the tarantula, downing both. Knocked aside by the dying insects, Giant-Man weakly tried to contact Bill Foster at Project: B.I.G. for transport away from the scene. Hank's message was met by weak pleas for help from Bill Foster, who had escaped the Kree Captain Atlas and Dr. Minerva by uncontrollably shrinking when the two Kree exposed him to Pym Particles but had gotten caught in a black widow's web in the process. Bill's near-death experience in Project: B.I.G.'s garden was fortunately cut short when Ant-Man (Scott Lang) arrived to save him. The two then regrouped as Captain Atlas and Dr. Minerva continued their search for Bill, remarking how Hank Pym would never realize how close his Project: B.I.G. came to ruining their master plan. Ant-Man asked about Project: B.I.G. and Bill proved curious as to how Ant-Man had even heard of Project: B.I.G. but promised to explain it once they had fully escaped. When the burst of the Kree's interdimensional portal triggered pains in the Pym Particle-powered Ant-Man and Bill Foster, Ant-Man explained that he had been experiencing similar pains for awhile and the disjointed messages from his ants had told him to go to Project: B.I.G., the apparent source of the pains. Explaining that Atlas and Minerva had mentioned Project: B.I.G. destroying their master plan, Ant-Man again asked what B.I.G. was and Bill explained that the garden was Project: B.I.G. Ant-Man then pointed out that the Project: B.I.G. garden had been set ablaze by the Kree during their search for Bill. Concerned that the Kree even knew about Project: B.I.G., Bill informed Ant-Man that he knew of only one other person who knew of B.I.G.'s existence: Janet Van Dyne, the Wasp. Bill then led Ant-Man into the bioscan lab of Project: B.I.G., where they discovered that Nash's body had returned to its normal size but Nash soon began to grow again. Dr. Pym, on the other hand, awoke from a coma in a military hospital following his encounter with the giant insects as Col. Manning looked over Hank's file.
(Avengers I#381/2 (fb) - BTS) - Tigra, drawn by Pym
Particle-related pain, made her way from Australia towards the Project:
(Avengers I#381/2) - Having been placed in a padded
cell within the military hospital, Dr. Hank Pym announced to Col.
Manning and his captors that he had to get out and return to his
Project: B.I.G., as he was responsible for the enlarged insects. Col.
Manning explained that he was aware of Pym's fault and offered to give
Pym a military escort if Pym would tell them where Project: B.I.G. was
but Pym insisted that he could not risk any further Pym Particle
contamination. Hank then attempted to explain that everything that had
been exposed to Project: B.I.G. had been mutated by the variant Pym
Particles he had used but when Col. Manning mentioned that Pym himself
had not been mutated, Pym had no explanation. Refusing to believe that
he had so badly failed, Pym soon began to sense a pulse in the Pym
Particle stream as Ant-Man began to feel woozy himself over at the
B.I.G. Compound. The B.I.G. Compound soon received a phone call from
Dr. Rossin, therapist for Janet Van Dyne, who reported that the variant
Pym Particle-contaminated Janet had grown to giant size and was
rampaging, seeking out Hank Pym. Unfortunately, Ant-Man's wooziness got
worse due to his own contamination and he passed out on the floor,
leaving the microscopic Bill Foster helpless on a microscope slide as
the intruder alarm went off. Dr. Honda, the doctor working with Col.
Manning ultimately deduced that the enlarged insect attacks were due to
an accident beyond Hank Pym's control as Captain America stepped to
have Pym released. Foster, on the other hand, witnessed the intruder
into the B.I.G. Compound reveal herself as Tigra, who had been drawn by
pain due to her past exposure to Pym Particles. After Tigra destroyed
Project: B.I.G.'s giant ant farm, she fled, promising to hunt down and
kill the one responsible for her pain, as Bill Foster screamed in pain
himself. Released from the military hospital, Giant-Man and Captain
America discussed Pym's theory that all exposed to the variant Pym
Particle stream were contaminated but Captain America questioned the
theory and patched Pym through to Tennessee, where Hawkeye had
uncontrollably grown to sixty feet tall, causing his muscles to
deteriorate to the point of paralysis. Confused, Giant-Man began to
suspect that Col. Manning had been right about the giant insects being
related to Giant-Man somehow but Captain America suggested Giant-Man
focus on the situation of the giant-sized, rampaging Janet Van Dyne,
who announced that Giant-Man didn't have much time before "they"
arrived. At first unsure who "they" were, Giant-Man began to suspect
and asked Captain America the date. When Cap informed him it was June
26th, Giant-Man realized that it had been seven years since his battle
with the creature from Kosmos. Jumping from the Avengers jet, Giant-Man
grew to twenty feet tall and tried to assure Janet that things would be
alright but when Janet turned away and ran for power lines, Giant-Man
forced himself to grow even larger. When he grappled Janet, she turned,
knocking Hank into the power lines instead, causing a power backlash
that combined with his increasing Pym Particles amounts to release
creatures from Kosmos onto Earth via portals linked to beings or
objects exposed to Pym Particles.
(Avengers I#382/2 (fb) - BTS) - One Kosmosian emerged
from portal within the Project: B.I.G. Compound due to Ant-Man and Bill
Foster being present there and busted through the facility, escaping
- As the Kosmosians rampaged, Giant-Man brought Janet Van Dyne to the
Project: B.I.G. labs and recorded a supplemental report for Project:
B.I.G. involving his realization that the Kosmosians were using anyone
and anything exposed to Pym Particles to energize doorways to Earth. In
the report, Giant-Man recounted how he had thought the Pym Particles
problems were caused by exposure to Project: B.I.G.'s variant Pym
Particle stream before realizing the truth when learned about Hawkeye,
who had never visited Project: B.I.G. As Giant-Man frantically tried to
find the connection between the Kosmosians and the Kree Captain Atlas
and Dr. Minerva, who had exposed Bill Foster to the Pym Particles that
were causing to shrink smaller as time passed. While continuing his
report, Giant-Man deduced that Bill Foster had shrunk 60% since Ant-Man
had been analyzing him and noted that Ant-Man was comatose following
his own Pym Particle-related pain. Knowing that he had to analyze the
Kosmosians to pin down the cause of the Pym Particle-related pain and
possibly find a cure, Giant-Man ended his B.I.G. report and geared up
to take on the Kosmosians. Giant-Man then set off to battle the
Kosmosians while the Avengers downloaded Giant-Man's data from the
Project: B.I.G. Compound, hoping that the data wasn't damaged when the
Kosmosian that emerged there busted through the Compound. While Hank
reached his target Kosmosian in Las Vegas, Captain America and Crystal
discussed Hank's judgment in the whole situation until Hank
interrupted, checking on the status of Black Widow's download of the
Project: B.I.G. data and announcing his entrance into battle against
the Kosmosian. During the battle, Giant-Man proved immune to the
Kosmosians' fear-mist due to the previous exposure of his ants to the
fear-mist but announced his deduction that the fear-mists had been
driving the giant insects and Pym Particle-exposed beings into
fear-based rampages. The Kosmosian then announced Giant-Man's deduction
of their plan to the other Kosmosians and when he attempted to flee
through a Pym Particle-created portal, Giant-Man followed as Black
Widow contacted Captain America to confirm that the Project: B.I.G.
data had been saved. Relaying the data, Black Widow confirm that each
Pym Particle-exposed being had also been exposed to a variant Pym
Particle stream but not the one used within Project: B.I.G.'s gardens
or Giant-Man's original and inherent Pym Particles. Black Widow then
cross-referenced the Pym Particle variant stream and confirmed
Giant-Man's data hypothesis that the variant Pym Particles had
originated within the only Pym Particle-exposed person that they had
not checked out: Erik Josten, the criminal Goliath. Within the
Kosmosian dimension, Giant-Man found a gigantic Goliath, who revealed
that the Kosmosians had tricked him into enlarging enough for them to
use his Pym Particle stream to interact with their mist and anyone who
had ever been exposed to the Kosmosian dimension by drawing on its mass
with Pym Particles to change sizes. By drawing on those exposed to the
Kosmosian dimensions, the Kosmosians had been able to open portals to
Earth and Goliath had become a Pym Particle slave to the Kosmosians
which Giant-Man opted to save by blasting the Kosmosians with his
Particle Blaster. Blasting the Kosmosians within their own dimension
drew the mass of the Earth-based Kosmosians back to the own dimension
via Pym Particle-created rifts and shortly after, on June 28th,
Giant-Man recorded Project: B.I.G. report#170 in which Hank reported
that all those infected by the Kosmosian fear-mist via their Pym
Particle were now unable to grow larger than their typical mass. The
Project: B.I.G. report also explained how the Pym Particle-exposed
beings reacted differently to the combination fear-mist/Erik Josten
variant Pym Particles, as corroborated by Scarlet Witch and Tigra's
already-mutated DNA and how the combination affected them differently
than other beings. The report also documented a conversation between
Giant-Man and Wasp in which Giant-Man revealed that the Pym Particle
strain he used in his Particle Blaster to hit the Kosmosians was taken
from his own Particle matrix, which was immune to the Kosmosians'
fear-mist effects, but using his own matrix meant that he could no
longer shrink. As Giant-Man and Wasp then boarded a Quinjet to leave,
Giant-Man ended his Project: B.I.G. report.
Comments: Created by George Perez, Jeffrey
Moore and Tim Dzon.
Project: Big only appeared in copies of Avengers
I#379-382 that were sold as a "Marvel Double Feature" with
"Giant-Man#1-4" stories in them. Avengers I#379-382 were sold in
regular editions with only the main stories of #379-382 in them and
also the "Marvel Double Feature" edition that contained the Giant-Man
George Perez, like most comic book personalities of his generation, grew up with the classic science fiction films of the Fifties and wrote the story as a homage to them, specifically the "giant bug" movies of the decade. This is evident by the Army personnel who are all named after directors of these movies: Gordon Douglas (director of Them!, the giant ant movie that was the first and best of the cycle), Jack Arnold (director of Tarantula as well three of the decade's best science fiction films, one of which, The Incredible Shrinking Man, was a likely inspiration for Henry Pym) Nathan Juran (director of The Deadly Mantis, as well as Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman, paid homage to when Jan grows to giant size) and Edward Ludwig (director of The Black Scorpion). Project B.I.G itself is named after one of the most prolific such directors of the decade, Bert I. Gordon (note the initials). While his movies aren't highly regarded by most fans of Fifties science fiction, The Amazing Colossal Man is often cited for its (coincidental?) similarities to the Hulk's origin (and the real name of the titular character? Colonel Glenn Manning!). If you're interested in knowing more, I highly recommend KEEP WATCHING THE SKIES by the late Bill Warren.
Profile by Proto-Man.
Project: B.I.G. has no known connections to:
images: (without ads)
Avengers I#379, p38, pan1 (Bill Foster & Giant-Man within Project: B.I.G.'s hangar, main image)
Avengers I#380, p40, pan1 (Project: B.I.G.'s gardens)
Avengers I#379, p36, pan5 (Giant-Man in Project: B.I.G.'s bio-scan lab, analyzing Nash the Twelfth's corpse)
Avengers I#381, p32, pan2 (Project: B.I.G.'s giant ant hill)
Avengers I#381, p28, pan5 (The B.I.G. Compound supplemental image, the compound's interiors)
Avengers I#379, p27, pan5 (Nash the Twelfth)
Avengers I#379 (October, 1994) - "It's Them Again!" story - George Perez (writer), Jeffrey Moore (pencils), Tim Dzon (inks), Richard Ashford (editor)
Avengers I#380 (November, 1994) - "The Incredible Shrinking Giant-Man" story - George Perez (writer), Jeffrey Moore (pencils), Tim Dzon (inks), Richard Ashford (editor)
Avengers I#381 (December, 1994) - "Attack of the 50 ft. Jan" story - George Perez (writer), Jeffrey Moore (pencils), Timothy Dzon (inks), Richard Ashford (editor)
Avengers I#382 (January, 1995) - "Hank the Giant Killer" story - George Perez (writer), Jeffrey Moore (pencils), Timothy Dzon (inks), Richard Ashford (editor)
First Posted: 01/17/2018
Last updated: 12/18/2018
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