The Incredible Hulk vs. "The Green Frog" (Hostess Ads #58)

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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: The Incredible Hulk vs. "The Green Frog." As noted on the Hostess Superhero Advertisements page:

The defiant Mad Magician started a rampage throughout the city by mystically altering himself into a massive green frog monster. Convinced by the mayor to help save the town's supply of Hostess Twinkies, the Hulk punched out the frog monster, reverting it back to the Mad Magician.

The villain in this ad is really The Mad Magician, but since the title says, "...vs. 'The Green Frog'," it's easy to forget that. "Mad Magician" hasn't been reused in comics yet, but it's entirely possible that this October, 1976 ad inspired DC's Frogzilla, who first appeared in Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew #3, in May, 1982. Roy Thomas is pretty keen on comic history, after all.

You Get A Big Delight In Every Bite <57 (Hostess Treats) 59> Enjoy.

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