Daredevil vs. Johnny Punk! (Hostess Ads #32)

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: Daredevil vs. Johnny Punk! As noted on the Hostess Superhero Advertisements page:

Sporting a green mohawk and classic 70s outfit, Johnny Punk sought to hypnotize the crowd though his sound wave machine. Distracted by Hostess Fruit Pies, Punk and his crew were taken down by Daredevil.

Appearing in February 1981, this ad barely predates the Filmation cartoon Hero High, which started airing September 12, 1981. The show featured a team of young heroes, one of whom was Punk Rock, whose ability was to play super loud music which caused destruction. The cartoon obviously had to be developed and animated before it could be aired, so the seven month gap between ad and 'toon hardly seems like enough time for the ad character of Johnny Punk to have influenced the cartoon character of Punk Rock.

Maybe there was some insider information going on though? Hero High was originally intended to be a superhero cartoon featuring the Archie characters as superheroes, but Filmation's license on them ran out before they got to Hero High. Could someone at Archie have passed on this knowledge, which made its way into this ad as Johnny Punk? We'll probably never know, but what a coincidence!

You Get A Big Delight In Every Bite <31 (Hostess Treats) 33> Enjoy.

List items

Edited by cbishop