Sunday, September 27, 2020

Flopcast 438: Crisis on Earth-Hostess

Inspired by the DragonCon American Sci-Fi Classics Track's "Hostess Fruit Pie Theater" (don't ask), we're looking at those bizarre Hostess comic book ads of the 70s and 80s. It was a time when every Marvel and DC superhero (as well as all the Archie characters, Looney Tunes characters, Casper, Richie Rich, and even Sad Sack) were completely obsessed with Hostess products. Aquaman could stop a bank robbery with a fruit pie. So we're counting down our favorite goofy Hostess ads in another Flopcast Top 4 ½ List! We also play a quick round of Trapped in the House featuring the classic Hostess characters. (Do you really want Twinkie the Kid stomping around your home? Think carefully...) Also: Children should definitely climb inside strange delivery trucks, Geordi La Forge wants you to fish yogurt lids out of the trash, and Kornflake has lobster wine, because of course she does.

Show Notes

Check out the whole Hostess Ad Gallery at Mike's Amazing World of Comics! Then visit the American Sci-Fi Classics channel on YouTube for some dramatic readings.

Hostess mascots, including the forgotten Happy Ho Ho:

A brief but interesting history also highlights King Ding Dong, Chauncey the Choc-o-dile, and the inevitable culturally insensitive mascot, Chief Big Wheels.

Top 4 ½ Hostess Ads