Spider-Man and the Demolition Derby (Hostess Ads #67)
|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, Archie, and Gold Key/Whitman characters as well!) 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 the Demolition Derby. As noted on the Hostess Superhero Advertisements page:
Outfitted in a dapper tuxedo and a killer bowling hat/throwing weapon, Demolition Derby faced off against Spider-Man over the Faith Diamond. Using Hostess Twinkies to weigh down Derby's hat weapon, Spidey easily subdued the criminal.
I remember being confused by this one, as a kid, because Demo' Derby threw his hat the same way Captain America throws his shield. I either didn't understand why he wasn't fighting Cap, for "a more even fight," or why they didn't use Cap to fight Spidey instead... one of the two. Ah, youth. This remains one of my favorite Hostess Ads though.
|You Get A Big Delight In Every Bite <66 (Hostess Treats) 68> Enjoy.|