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Hostess Comic Book Ads Were Hot Stuff

Hot Stuff in front of a bunch of black and white comic book panels

Welcome to Super Blog Team Up. This time out I am looking at Hostess Comic Book Ads featuring Hot Stuff! Since Between the Pages is a pop culture cake and cookie blog, today I’m serving yummy Hostess Twinkies, Fruit Pies and Cup Cakes.

In the 1970s, Hostess came up with an advertising campaign that is still beloved by comic book fans. Hostess worked with all of the major comic book companies to create single page ads that were done comic book style. The very first of these ads featured Batman and Robin using Hostess Twinkies to save a professor and his daughter from a mummy!

One of the things that made these ads magical was that they didn’t just feature Batman and Robin. They featured EVERYONE! Bugs Bunny, Road Runner, Josie and the Pussycats, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Superman, Wonder Woman, Shazam, Red Tornado, Plastic Man, Sad Sack, Richie Rich, Spider-Man, Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man and many more were invited to the party. Even villains like the Joker and Penguin had their own ads.

Guess who doesn’t get an ad? Marvel’s X-Men. That’s really odd because by 1982 when the Hostess ads stopped, the X-Men were the best selling comic book in America. So if the X-Men got passed over, who had the most ads?  The three most frequently featured characters were Richie Rich, Casper the Friendly Ghost and Josie and the Pussycats.

Since Halloween is just a few days away, I wanted to focus on the perfect Halloween comic book character – Hot Stuff. Hot Stuff was one of Harvey Comics more popular characters. He was a cute little red devil with an asbestos diaper and a pitch fork. Over the years, Hot Stuff had four different comic book series plus a digest series. His main series, Hot Stuff the Little Devil lasted for 177 issues. The most important statistic  for this post? Hot Stuff starred in 19 hostess ads.

Make sure you stay to the end because I wrap things up with a one of a kind treat.

 

Hot Stuff’s aunts appeared regularly in his comic books. The taller one with yellow flaming hair is Aunt Clicker. She appears in a bunch of these ads.

Unfortunately, the Brain doesn’t stick to his chemistry set because he returns again in more ads.

The girl in this ad is Princess Charma – she is a fairy princess and Hot Stuff’s girl friend. She was a major character in Hot Stuff’s comics and will appear again in more ads.

 

As you’ll see in these ads, Hot Stuff has a bunch of uncles and aunts. This was the norm for every Harvey character. One character, Little Dot had so many eccentric relatives that she had a comic book entitled Little Dot’s Uncles and Aunts that ran for 52 issues.

 

I like how most of the Hot Stuff ads feature Hostess cup cakes since they were devil’s food.

 

The enchanted forest was where Hot Stuff and Princess Charma lived.

 

Tired of Hot Stuff’s various aunts and uncles? How about one of his many cousins instead?

This ad shows part of the charm of Hot Stuff. There is an evil scientist, a red devil, a fairy princess, a gnome and cute & scary monsters. Hot Stuff would interact with all sorts of magical beings and enchanted items in his comic books.

 

I promised I’d have a one of a kind treat at the end of this post.

Hot Stuff was the only character to ever get a two page Hostess ad. Here are Somethin’ Else Cookin’! pages 1 and 2!!!

 

Hostess Comic Ad - Somethin' Else Cookin'! - Page 1

Hostess Comic Ad - Somethin' Else Cookin'! - Page 2

 

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The Telltale Mind – Patsy Walker – To Hell and Back (and Back and Back…)

Source Material Comics Podcast – Batman/Punisher “Lake of Fire” – Evan Bevins and Jesse Starcher 

Mark Radulich : Alternative Commentary on Hell Comes to Frogtown

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Dave’s Comics Blog: Superman: The Blaze/ Satanus War

In My Not So Humble Opinion – Savage Dragon Goes To Hell

Asterisk 51 Blog – Sunday school with… Hellboy?!?!?

Comics Comics Comics Blog – The Son of Satan and the preacher’s kids – Will looks at Son of Satan and the Defenders

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Killer Walking Dead Cakes

Walking Dead Banner

 

Welcome to the latest and greatest Super Blog Team Up. This time out we are looking at Image Comics which just celebrated 30 years of publishing great creator owned comics. Today, I’m celebrating by featuring Killer Walking Dead Cakes!

 

Walking Dead Sugar Sculpture

Help! Zombies Are Escaping From My Walking Dead Comic!

This amazing Walking Dead sugar sculpture was made by Anne Heap from Pink Cake Box.

 

Walking Dead Sugar Sculpture

This Walking Dead sugar sculpture features a Walking Dead comic book with zombie hands reaching out from inside it.  This makes it look like the zombies are escaping from within the comic.  The stand which is holding the comic book off the ground is designed to look like blood.  The cake stand is covered with artwork from the Walking Dead.

 

Walking Dead Sugar Sculpture

Here is the cover of the Walking Dead comic.

 

Walking Dead Sugar Sculpture

Here is the inside of the Walking Dead comic.  Since the Walking Dead is a black and white comic, the artwork here is also black and white.  This picture has a great view of the three zombie hands.  You can see where they have touched the comic because they left blood finger prints.

Daryl Dixon Wacky Wobbler Cake

Daryl Dixon Wacky Wobbler Cake

Funko, the king of bobble heads, makes a Walking Dead: Biker Daryl Wacky Wobbler .  It features Daryl Dixon one of the most popular characters on The Walking Dead.  Vanessa’s Cake Designs decided to recreate this bobble head in cake and the end results in amazing!

 

Walking Dead Cookie

The Greene Family Farm

Ready to have your mind blown?  The terrific piece of artwork you see on the stand is a cookie.  This stunning Walking Dead Cookie was made by Michelle from FROSTING – Cakes & Cookies

Michelle’s hand painted cookie features The Greene Family Farm.  The farm is the main setting for Season 2 of The Walking Dead.  In real life the farm is in Senoia, Georgia which is about an hour from where I live.

 

Walking Dead Cookie

The most amazing thing about Michelle’s cookie? The size!  It is much smaller than it looks in the first picture.  I have no idea how Michelle made such an amazing detailed painting on such a tiny cookie.  

Lori Grimes Cake

Lori Grimes Standing At Her Grave

 Carolina Lara created this cake called Lori Standing at her Grave.  

 

Lori Grimes

The likeness to Sarah Wayne Callies, the actress who played Lori Grimes, is wonderful.

 

Lori Grimes Sculpture

The dress that Lori is wearing is her wedding dress.  Rick sees a vision of Lori in her wedding dress at her grave site in at least two episodes – The Suicide King and Home.

 

Lori Grimes' Wedding Dress

The sign behind Lori reads “It’s so easy to do the wrong thing in this world. So if it feels wrong, don’t do it, if it feels easy don’t do it, don’t let the world spoil you. GOODNIGHT, LOVE.” These were the last words Lori said to her son Carl.

 

Lori Grimes Statue

 

Carol Peletier Cake

Carol Peletier Inspires You To Never Give Up!

Carolina Lara also created this amazing cake.

 

Carol Peletier Sculpture

The Walking Dead is about how people respond under unbelievable pressure.  Carol is one of the main characters in the Walking Dead TV show.  As the series has progressed, she has discovered her inner strength.

That’s why Carolina Lara included the quote:

 

You fight it.

You don’t give up.

and one day

you just

CHANGE    

 

The quotes comes from the episode Indifference.  It is one of the last things Carol says to Lizzie.

Carol is portrayed differently in the comic and TV show.  From Wikipedia: “In the comic series, Carol exhibits a neurotic, self-centered, and naive demeanor. Throughout her time in the comics, she grows increasingly unstable, to the extent of self-destruction. The television show differs in these regards, as she is shown to be a stern, pragmatic, and compassionate individual who has been gradually building inner strength.”  Wikipedia has a wonderful quote by Executive Produce Scott Gimple about this. “[Carol] was strong all along. The apocalypse didn’t make her strong. The apocalypse made her show herself that she’s strong”.

 

Carol Peletier Statue

The likeness of Melissa McBride, the actress who plays Carol Peletier on TV, is wonderful.

Here are more close-ups of this stunning cake:

 

Carol Peletier

Carol Peletier Quote

Carol Peletier

Gravesite

Gravesite

Two Skulls

Sophia Peletier's Doll

 

So many great movies & TV shows feature little nods to fans called Easter eggs. Why should they have all the fun?

 

George Perez’s X-Men

Welcome to Super Blog Team Up!

This time your favorite bloggers and podcasters have teamed up to say THANK YOU to the beloved comic book creator George Perez! Late last year, George announced the heart breaking news that he was dying from cancer.

For decades, the X-Men have been Marvel Comics best selling line of comics, so I wanted to focus on the time George Perez teamed up with Chris Claremont and Terry Austin on Uncanny X-Men King Size Annual 3.

Between the pages is a pop culture cake blog, So, in addition to featuring stunning artwork by George and Terry, I’ll be mixing in some astonishing X-Men cakes and wedding cake toppers.

This is the first image of the X-Men in this comic book, and it is such an attention getter.  It is an action scene with seven different characters and each character looks perfect. The focal point of this panel is Colossus battling the robot. Those two characters are the largest and take up half the panel. The further we get from these two, the smaller the characters are. Cyclops and Banshee (in the control room) are the smallest. Terry Austin is one of the best inkers to have ever worked in comic books. Here, he and George Perez are a dynamic duo. The danger room’s walls look almost featureless while the control room is filled with machinery.  Colossus and the robot are metal and shine. Even Storm’s cape has texture.

 

Storm Cake

Storm Cake

Carla Puig made this amazing Storm Cake for Cake Con International.  This is Carla’s 3rd X-Men themed cake for CCI.  In previous years she has made stunning cakes featuring Mystique and Magneto.

One of the reasons that super hero comic books made such great source material for movies and TV shows is that they contain so much action. The irony is that comic books are static images that don’t move, so the artist has to create a sense of motion. 

On this page, George uses motion lines to show the action. Each of the six main panels have motion lines. The motion lines beneath Storm look like air because she is flying. The panel where Nightcrawler is falling up, George puts the sound effect balloon inside the motion lines. The panel after that, he chooses a simpler motion line to show debris bouncing off Colossus. On this panel and the last panel, he uses two motion lines to show things ricocheting. 

 

Gambit and Rogue Wedding Cake Topper

Gambit and Rogue Wedding Cake Topper

This marvelous Gambit and Rogue Wedding Cake Topper was made by Genefy Playground. Gambit and Rogue are one of the most popular couples in Marvel Comics.

These four panel of Scott and Ororo talking is my favorite sequence in the whole book. Having just two people talk to each other for multiple panels is really hard to make visually appealing. By adding, the sequence of Scott taking off his visor and putting on his glasses, these panels really grab your attention. I really like the second panel where Scott is really concentrating to keep his eyes closed after taking off his visor.

 

Hulk vs. Wolverine Cake

Wolverine vs. Hulk Cake

This amazing Wolverine vs. the Hulk Cake made by Sirac Cicek.  

George Perez is master story teller. Ignore the words on this page and just look at the eight panels. They tell you everything you need to know about what is happening. My favorite panel is the 3rd panel where Storm is looking at her plants. If you look above Storm, you’ll see Arkon in the skylight.

 

Black Panther and Storm Wedding Cake Topper

Black Panther and Storm Wedding Cake Topper

This adorable Black Panther and Storm Wedding Cake Topper was made by Little Vows.

I chose this splash page because it includes two of my favorite things that George Perez’s draws – architecture and pages with tons of characters. There is so much on this page. An elaborate hall with an ornate ceiling, columns, and a stairs case, statues, countless warriors and the X-Men.

The layout of this page is amazing. The X-Men are in the middle of the page. The glow around them and the smoke behind them draws your eyes to them. This is the least detailed part of the page. All of the details surround the X-Men. 

George picks a unique camera angle for this page – from the top of the stairs looking down. This works extremely well because the top two thirds of the page are the statues, columns, archways and ceiling. The architecture isn’t cluttered, so you can see how breathtaking it is. The bottom third of the page is claustrophobic because it is filled with tons of warriors. Making it so crammed makes the architecture stand out even more and gives a real sense of danger because the X-Men are so out numbered. 

Terry Austin, who inked this annual, is one of the greatest inkers to ever work in comics. This page is a perfect example of why. There is so much detail on this page, yet ever single line is PERFECT. I cannot image the work, skill and attention that goes into inking a page like this.

 

Dark Phoenix Cake

Dark Phoenix Cake

This amazing Dark Phoenix Cake was made by Massimiliano Colla for Cake Con International

This two page spread is amazing! It consists of twelve panels. The top row is six panels. Each panel switches the focal character and switches the camera placement. Some of panels are close-up and others are more distant. These panels ratchet up the tension… so the middle row is a single panel fight scene. I gave up counting the number of characters in this panel. There has to be a least 25 characters. George, Terry and the colorist Glynis Wein all do amazing work on this panel.

The bottom row calms things down. It has two panels of characters talking, a panel showing that the fight is still going on, and two panels of a character walking down stairs and being followed by Nightcrawler. 

If you’ve never read Uncanny X-Men King Size Annual 3, you are in for a treat. This is Chris, George and Terry all at the top of their game. This issue runs between 16 & 60 dollars depending on condition. It is also reprinted in Uncanny X-Men Masterworks Volume 4 and X-Men Epic Collection: Proteus. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and will come back tomorrow for more amazing pop culture cakes and cookies. For more Super Blog Team Up, please check out:

The Superhero Satellite: PEREZ 

Source Material:  Brave and the Bold #1-6

The Telltale Mind:  Future Perfect – Hulk: Future Imperfect

In My Not So Humble Opinion: I-BOTS from Tekno Comix

Dave’s Comic Blog: George Perez’s Fantastic Titanic Firsts

Comics Comics Comics blog (JJG): Justice League of America 200 and discovering George Perez

*51:  JLA/Avengers: It Had to be George

The Daily Rios: A George Pérez Celebration #2

RAdulich in Broadcasting Network: Comic Stripped: Logan’s Run

 

The World’s Most Popular Football Holder & Psychiatrist – Lucy van Pelt

Welcome to Super Blog Team Up! This time out, a gang of comic book and pop culture blogs and podcasts are teaming up to focus on Doctors.

My post spotlights the world’s most popular football holder and psychiatrist – Lucy van Pelt. 

When I was growing up, the Peanuts comic strip was in its prime and had the top spot on the comic strip page and in the Sunday Comics. Plus, A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown were required viewing when they were shown. Because of this, I fell in love with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and the rest of the Peanuts gang.

Charlie Brown Cookies

These wonderful Charlie Brown cookies were made by Cooper’s Cookies. Lucy’s booth is on one of the cookies.

These days, the best way to read old Peanut strips are in the gorgeous hard back Complete Peanuts volumes published by Fantagraphics.

When I was a child, old Peanuts strips were collected in books that looked just like paper back novels. 

For the back cover of You’re Out Of Your Mind, Charlie Brown, Charles Schulz drew a sketch of Lucy van Pelt sitting behind a box labeled Psychiatric Care 5¢. This was the first appearance of Lucy’s psychiatric booth. This was before it ever appeared in a comic strip or cartoon.

Lucy's psychiatry booth

 

A few months later, on March 27, 1959, the booth appeared for the first time in the comic strip.

Lucy's psychiatry booth

 

Amazingly, it was a one time gag!

The booth didn’t appear again for two years. On January 28, 1961, Lucy’s psychiatry booth finally appeared again.  This time, it was beginning to look like the classic version of the booth.

 

Lucy's psychiatry booth

 

Did you know that Lucy has also used her psychiatry booth for other purposes such as selling Goop

Goop

 

and valentines?

Valentine's Day

 

Once in a blue moon, she has even had someone else man the booth. Here is a wonderful Sunday strip where Snoopy takes Lucy’s place.

 

 

And, here is one where Woodstock assists Lucy.

 

 

Charlie Brown Cookies

These wonderful Charlie Brown cookies were made by Polka Dot Gal Bakery.

 

Lucy van Pelt cookie

Here’s a close-up of Lucy and the booth with the words The Doctor Is In.

If the Doctor ordered more fun, check out the rest of Super Blog Team Up 

Dave’s Comics BlogThe Immortal Doctor Fate

https://davescomicheroes.blogspot.com/2021/05/immortal-doctor-fate.html 

Magazines and Monsters – Doctor Voodoo, Avenger of the Supernatural 2009

 

Comics Comics Comics – Doctor Who, Marvel Comics and the Power of Podcasts. A look at why I bought some of the Marvel Doctor Who comics. 

https://comicscomicscomics.blog/2021/05/12/super-blog-team-up-the-power-of-podcasting-and-doctor-who/

Pop Culture Retrorama – Doctor Thirteen the Ghost Breaker

https://popcultureretrorama.com/2021/05/12/super-blog-team-up-doctor-thirteen-the-ghost-breaker/

 

Radulich in Broadcasting Network

Long Road to Ruin: Dr. Dolittle (1998 & 2001)

https://www.spreaker.com/show/radulich-in-broadcasting

Metal Hammer of Doom – SBTU Edition: Mötley Crüe – Dr. Feelgood

https://www.spreaker.com/user/wrestling2themax/metal-hammer-of-doom-sbtu-edition-moetle

SuperHero Satellite – The 1970s Incredible Hulk Television Series: The Lonely and Tragic Life Of Doctor David Banner https://charltonhero.wordpress.com/2021/05/12/the-1970s-incredible-hulk-show-super-blog-team-up-the-doctor-is-in/

Asterisk51 – Doctor Bong: For Whom the Bell Tolls

https://asterisk51.blogspot.com/2021/05/doctor-bong-for-whom-bell-tolls.html