Spider-Man and Madam Web! (Hostess Ads #23)
|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: Spider-Man and Madam Web! As noted on the Hostess Superhero Advertisements page:
A love-sick villainess obsessed with Spider-Man, Madam Web used a webbing smear campaign to try and draw the wall-crawler back into her life. Promising Hostess Twinkies to Web if she undid her damage, Spider-Man arrested his stalker and gave away the snacks to a cheering crowd.
Amazingly, this ad character predates the more familiar Madame Web (Madam, not Madam) by 3 years, 3 months! Spider-Man's personal prophetess didn't appear until November, 1980, in The Amazing Spider-Man #210. Personally, I like the old broad, but I'd have liked to have seen more of this lovesick villainess. Guess we got the same thing with Black Cat though.
|You Get A Big Delight In Every Bite|
|<22 (Hostess Treats) 24> Enjoy.|
P.S. Annnnd you're picturing the old Madame kissing Spidey now.
...Annnnd you can't unsee it.