Captain Marvel Meets the Dreadnought! (Hostess Ads #74)

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: Captain Marvel Meets the Dreadnought! As noted on the Hostess Superhero Advertisements page:

Answering a distress call, Captain Marvel does battle with a Dreadnought ship. Hurling the machine into space, Marvel discovers the Dreadnought raiders were after a supply of Hostess Fruit Pies.


When I think of Dreadnought, I think of the destructive robot seen to the right. Very cool looking, and thankfully still not too overused by Marvel creators. First appearing in the March, 1967 Strange Tales #154, it is interesting to note that Marvel has much more recently used the name again. The Dreadnought seen to the left is an aquatic Hellicarrier for SHIELD, which may have first appeared in the March, 2013 Indestructible Hulk #4 (I'm not sure the CV information on this is right, but I'll go with it unless I find out otherwise). Carrying subs around like bullets in a gun barrel, it's a pretty formidable looking ship. There is of course a Navy vessel class called Dreadnought, but could this Hostess ad have inspired this Marvel version? ...Probably not, but it's an interesting coincidence.

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