Comic Book Ads, Cup Cakes, Hostess Ad

Shazam: The Cup Cake Caper

None of these ads aren’t exactly the height of literary expression, I know, but “The Cup Cake Caper” has to be among the more obtuse entries to the series.  The criminal never explains why he’s stealing all of the world’s cup cakes, and his response to being found out by Shazam (he’ll always be Captain Marvel to me) is “I suppose you want me to give them back now…” and goes on to list the virtues of Hostess Cup Cakes. Normally Hostess baked goods play a role in solving the crime, however this time they’re just the target, and why wouldn’t they be with their moist cakey goodness, delicious creamed filing and, er…uh…I wonder if the convenience store down the road has some Cup Cakes.


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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