And so we come at last to the greatest comic strips ever done in the history of the medium. The Hostess Twinkies & fruit pies ads started in 1977, with this Batman strip that I always thought was by Dick Giordano, but am reliably informed is actually Irv Novick.
As you can see, each ad featured a beloved hero making an arse of him, or herself, by taking on the lamest collection of villains this side of Nova's rogue's gallery. Villains who could easily be defeated by the promise of a scrumptious fruit based snack. It's only now, years later, that we can see just how utterly insane these things were. At the time, I'm sure, we just took 'em for granted. It wasn't just DC who shilled for Hostess, of course, Marvel got into the act too. And both companies had no qualms whatsoever about using their best artists on these classics. Like with this Ross Andru Spidey for instance.
Or this George Tuska Iron Man, with the greatest title of any Marvel comic ever.
DC , as well, brought out the big guns. Am I wrong, or are these two Curt Swan?
And if Green Lantern's here, can Green Arrow be far behind? I guess all that moaning about the environment, and the rights of the working man, doesn't extend to childhood obesity and tooth decay, huh, Ollie?
Meanwhile, back at Marvel, John Romita is paying the rent.
But the biggest surprise has to be Gil Kane ( GIL KANE! ) on these two masterpieces.
Then there was The Flash:
And Wonder Woman:
Yep, even Josie & The Pussycats got in on the act! If you're insane enough to want to see more of this, you can catch EVERY AD over at www.seanbaby.com. And just in case anyone's interested, no, I've never eaten a Hostess Twinkie. Presumably, I could just snort a big bag of sugar. That'd be the same, wouldn't it?
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