Comic Book Ads, Cup Cakes, Hostess Ad

Spider-Man: The Champ

Scanned from Master of Kung-Fu #51 (April, 1977).

The writer has one page to tell his tiny tale and promote the virtues of baked goods, so one can expect the concept to be a little rushed, but this installment takes it to whole other level.  Why was The Foe disguised as a referee?  Why can’t he count past two?  Who can’t resist fudgy icing?  In the end though, crime is foiled by the delicate balance of flour, sugar, shortening and preserving chemicals being brought together into a perfect form.

I half-expected this to be some sort of take on Spidey’s origin story where he lets the thief leave the boxing match only to murder Peter Parker’s uncle.  Had Ben stopped at the local 7-11 for a Slurpee and Hostess Cup Cake history might have been altered forever!


About briandettmann

Brian Dettmann started collecting comics in the summer of 1984 when he and a friend stopped by the Waldenbooks and Paper Tiger bookstores in the Fox River Mall in Oshkosh, WI. Despite moving to comic/civilization deprived eastern Vermont a couple months later, the two issues purchased that day led to a lifetime of reading and collecting comics (not to mention spending untold amounts of money). Now in his early-40s Brian lives in north Texas with his (unbelievably patient) wife, three (non-comic reading) children and varying amounts of dogs. He still reads comics, but doesn’t consider himself much of a collector anymore. Brian has been writing and drawing comics almost as long as he’s been reading them. His current strip, “Kids ‘n Dogs,” premiered February 2008 in The Chronicle, a great weekly newspaper published in Glens Falls, NY, where it can be read (nearly) every Thursday.


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