Iron Man in An Irresistible Force! (Hostess Ads #60)

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: Iron Man in An Irresistible Force! As noted on the Hostess Superhero Advertisements page:

Operating out of an armored vehicle, Hy Torque and his crew were set to ram the Van Ness mansion gates when Iron Man set himself in their path. Tossing the criminals Hostess Twinkies, the gang was distracted long enough for Shellhead to crush the car and use it as their temporary prison.

"Hy Torque" has not been reused in comics, but Torque has been used a few different times- once by Malibu, twice by Valiant, twice by Marvel, and the most notable (to me) being the DC Nightwing villain, Torque, who first appeared as Torque in Nightwing #27, January, 1999.

Inspector Dudley Soames got his head twisted 180 degrees by Blockbuster, and miraculously survived. Always facing backwards, he still walked forwards, thanks to some mirror gadgetry he used to see. He was shaping up to be a pretty twisted villain (no pun intended), but like any modern Bat-family villain, DC shortsightedly killed him off. If they were to bring him back in the New 52, I might actually pick that story up.

You Get A Big Delight In Every Bite <59 (Hostess Treats) 61> Enjoy.

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Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

That dude is eating a Hostess cake (or some other cake) when Iron man throws them in the air...did hethrow one for the boss, who unwrapped the package in record time and put the cake to his mouth? Probably, because the one who actually drives the car is the top priority, and has to be dealt with first. But...his hands are on the steering wheel...why didn`t he just drive on, if his hands were holding it?

Maybe I`m over reading in to that one. Or maybe the sponge cake ravelled his concentration so much that he did something that doesn`t make sense at all. Must be the latter.

Darn, I`ve read way too much of J. Caleb Mocozzos (awesome) comic blog Every day is like wednesday.


Man, that`s one backwards dude.

That`s why I recommend complete stories: Give us a new character, show what you can and wanna with it/him/her etc. and kill it. That way, nobody else shall.

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@kfhrfdu_89_76k: I'm of two minds about killing characters off. If the story calls for it, then it should happen, but I'm not a fan of killing off arch-nemeses. Will Eisner's Spirit originally had an arch foe named The Squid. The story eventually led to The Squid's death, but fan outcry made them realize they may have erred, and The Octopus came in to fill void, the characterizations being pretty much the same.

Torque had potential to be Nightwing's Joker. Maybe that was a problem, because Blockbuster was his Kingpin- not really sure. I'm not really sure what happened with Nightwing in general. Chuck Dixon and the writers after him had done a beautiful job of creating Bludhaven and a set of rogues for Nightwing, and DC just wiped it all out with Chemo as the bomb. I felt it was very shortsighted on their parts. Bludhaven wasn't some faceless city like the fictional country of Khandaq (wiped out by Cheshire, via nuke). It had been well developed. DC has a really odd way of killing off or ruining anything new added to the Bat-Family of characters. It's hard to add a rogue that doesn't die, Harley Quinn being a notable exception. Nightwing was becoming his own, standalone character, and DC nixed that and roped him back into the Bat-Fam. <sigh> None of that really matters now that they're in the New 52, but I still didn't like it.

Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

I dunno about Blockbuster...he feels like one of those visually interesting characters to use just a few times.

Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

But yeah, I get what ya mean by that long comment of yours.

Thihihihihihiiih...Oh God...What a stupid, boring, filthy mind I got.

Actually, I`ve got an awesome mind.

Mind...I like the concept alot. And the name. Cream filling, too.