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I Saw It Advertised One Day #34

We continue a MONTH of I Saw It Advertised One Day! Each day this January you’ll get a piece looking at advertisements in comic books over the decades that amused me for whatever reason. In each installment, we’ll take a look at three ads!

Here is an archive of all installments of this feature.

Just two installments left! Today is a special edition based on reader request – all Hostess ads!


I have steered clear of featuring Hostess ads because so many other sites have done a lot of bits on them, but people keep asking me to feature them, so what can I say, if you guys want ‘em, I’ll give ‘em to ya! Here are three Hostess ads that amused me…

Wow, even Red Tornado had a Hostess ad!


But clearly the oddest character to get their own Hostess ad has to be Cracky the Parrot, Gold Key’s short-lived attempt at having a break-out funny animal character…


Finally, I love this Captain Marvel ad because Nitro is A. an actual villain and B. the character who ended up giving Captain Marvel the cancer that ultimately killed him…

“Your Hostess cakes got me this time, Captain Marvel! But later, I’ll give you cancer and kill you! Then blow up a school full of kids, kill three New Warriors and start a Civil War!”

These ads were courtesy of this nifty site.

And, of course, you should read Seanbaby’s hilarious Hostess website where he mocks the ads mercilessly.

That’s all for this installment! If you can think of some goofy comic book ads you’d like to see me feature in the future (as after this month, I’ll still occasionally do installments of this feature), drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Do not make suggestions in the comment section, so that they can still be a surprise for future readers! In fact, I think I’ll just delete comments that contain future suggestions. I


the one where hulk beats up some guys for playing their radio too loud is the best.

I like that one panel in the Cracky comic where the word balloons are pushing everyone out of view…and the clock’s arm looks like Cracky has some freakish lizard tongue thing going on.

Don’t think I’ve ever seen that Red Tornado one before – and yes, it’s quite odd that he would get his own Hostess ad (personally, I think the Ma Hunkel Red Tornado would have been a better fit for these).
By the way, that Captain Marvel ad is darkly amusing, but as I recall there were some much more bizarre ones, featuring him confronting a giant flea, a giant floating mouth and giant space-invading bees – that last one is notable because it’s rather beautifully drawn by Gil Kane.

this is the first time i ever saw that red tornado add the other ones love how captain marvel seems concerned about nitro eating the hostess stuff. though always thought the ads with the hulk were the most interesting of the whole campain

When it comes to revenge Nitro sure is one for overkill.

There is considerable suspicion among many fans that one Hostess ad — “Spider-Man vs. Demolition Derby” — has Frank Miller art.

I remember vaguely, the Hulk fighting evil roller booted disco dancers.(Sound like your memory, Jamie?) Do Marvel have an Hostess universe where all the Hostess villains reside???

Surely if they can put a trade of Stan’s Soapbox (albeit for charity, IIRC) they can do an Hostess trade!

My favourite had Captain America fighting the Red Skull and distracting the Cosmic Cube with a Twinkie. Since the Cube has no mouth, it just sort of hovered around the Twinkie, enjoying the taste. They also included an explanatory note for unfamiliar readers at the beginning– ‘Note: The Cosmic Cube can do anything’.

Okay, I so want to see the Hostess ad with the giant floating mouth now…anyone got a link to it online?

Yup, it was the roller disco devils. Here is Seanbaby’s take on it: http://www.seanbaby.com/hostess/v2hulk03.htm

Logic problem with the last ad – how does a hole in the ocean supposed to flood the world?

I loves me Hostess treats, and Hostess ads, and Hostess ad parodies.

To play off Omar’s comment, is there somewhere online with a list of who did the art for these ads (the 3 here, and all the others)?

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