I loved Tiger-Man, and thought he had a real shot at comic book super-stardom. That's to say, I loved Ernie Colon's Tiger-Man. Wasn't quite so sure about Steve Ditko's.
My first exposure to the Wolverine of Atlas Comics came in the first issue of the b/w Thrilling Adventure Stories with a nasty, mean-spirited tale called Tiger-Man & The Flesh Peddlers ( available elsewhere on this very blog, should you wish to check it out ).
It was, for the time, ultra-violent, disturbing and exhilarating and I couldn't wait to read more. This, the premiere issue, is nearly as good. Yeah, the cover's a bit of an odd choice, looking more like a character sketch they had to use to beat a deadline, and the machine lettering does Ernie's art no favours at all, but I defy any comic fan's heart not to beat a little bit faster when our unhinged hero finally catches up with his sister's murderers and screams the immortal words: 'I'll Kill You ALL!!'
THAT's what a comic called Tiger-Man should be all about.
By comparison, the following issues are a bit of a damp squib though. Even back then, I got why Ditko was brought on board to Spidey the character up, and those issues are fun and all, but it just felt like a missed opportunity.
If The Destructor was Daredevil, and Tiger-Man was the wall-crawler, then ok, but that's not how he was originally presented.
Tiger-Man was a maniac, and that's how I, for one, remember him.