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.
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