Batman "The Whole World's Upside Down" (Hostess Ads #63)

On a site dedicated to making a wiki history of all things comics, comics ads should not be forgotten. Especially the ads for Hostess Fruit Pies, Twinkies, and other snacks. Starting in 1975, Marvel and DC heroes (and the Harvey characters!) spent seven years throwing Hostess snacks at a bizarre line of villains to stop their crimes. Although many of the villains were completely silly, they were created specifically for these ads, and in many cases, not even the names have been used again, since the ads stopped in mid-1982.

So I thought I'd show an ad here, and make a list of the comics I find it in, as I run across them. This list features: Batman "The Whole World's Upside Down." As noted on the Hostess Superhero Advertisements page:

With his unique ability, Topsy-Turvy was flipping citizens upside-down to match him - and relieving them of their money, jewels, and Hostess Fruit Pies. Determined to flip things back to normal, Batman rolled with the villain's powers and punched Topsy out.

You would think that a name like "Topsy-Turvy" would lay dormant after this ad, but DC would use it again, just five years later in the February, 1982 Adventure Comics #490. The Dial H characters of this run were created by fans, and Topsy-Turvy was created by David Wile, age 18, of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. As he was a creation of the H-Dial, Topsy hasn't been seen again since, but thanks to later Dial H titles from DC, it's plausible that he could be seen again.

You Get A Big Delight In Every Bite <62 (Hostess Treats) 64> Enjoy.

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