Superman vs. The Laughing Gas Bandits (Hostess Ads #123)

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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 characters!) 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: Superman vs. The Laughing Gas Bandits As noted on the Hostess Superhero Advertisements page:

Flooding the city with kryptonite-laced laughing gas, three felons sought to pluck the populace clean of their valuables. As they surrounded a delivery man dropping Hostess Fruit Pies, Superman whipped off his costume and corralled the criminals.


Concise Listing:


  • (8/81) Adventure Comics #484.
  • (8/81) Batman #338.
  • (8/81) The Brave and the Bold #177.
  • (8/81) Detective Comics #505.
  • (8/81) House of Mystery #295.
  • (8/81) Jonah Hex #51.
  • (8/81) Legion of Super-Heroes #278.
  • (8/81) The New Teen Titans #10.
  • (8/81) The Unexpected #213.
  • (8/81) Wonder Woman #282.
You Get A Big Delight In Every Bite <122 (Hostess Treats) 124> Enjoy.

The list below is in chronological order.

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