Sunday, July 08, 2007

Twinkie Dog's Dark Descent

I like to think that the nameless dog man depicted in this goofy, innocent Hostess Twinkies advertisement followed suit with Gotham's other villains, and became darker and crazier over time. If one-shot Hostess villains can be said to have a "life" beyond their lone snack-cake ad appearance in 1977, one can reasonably assume that said cupcake criminals followed the same downward curve of madness and depravity of their more-famous "in canon" brethren. Yes, like so many other of Batman's famed rogues, our would-be dog napper slid further and further into obsession over the years, and before long, mere Twinkies were not enough to still his dark hunger.

Eventually, he dubbed himself Junkyard Dog, utilizing his gang of savage attack curs to commit bizarre, ever-more-twisted dog-related crimes. First seen in Arkham Asylum: Living Hell #1, and unceremoniously dispatched in #5, Junkyard Dog died as he lived, barely a footnote in Batman History. If only Batman could have saved him when he was an apple-cheeked relative innocent disrupting dog shows in a floppy dog suit...but it seems Gotham is not so forgiving, nor madness so easily tamed.

7 comments:

coco67 said...

Wait, you mean to tell me that the Hostess ads aren't in continuity?
No wonder the Ding-a-Ling Family never showed up in OHOTMU! C'mon, they were all written by Bob Rozakis, the Answer Man, they've gotta be canonical!

Brian Hughes said...

The Ding-A-Ling family registered with SHIELD immeditely following the Stamford tragedy, and are currently acting as the Kentucky Champions. Other fruit pie ne'er do wells, such as the Roller Disco Devils and that lady with the giant hairdryer who fought the Human Torch are incarcerated in the Negative Zone.

coco67 said...

Well played, sir, well played!

Alexander said...

Who's the guy giving the Riddler a hard time in the last panel?

Brian Hughes said...

That's Warren White, the P.O.V. character in AA:LH, and what a piece of work he is. He was gonna go to prison for securities fraud, but his slick lawyer got his sentence commuted on an insanity plea. Problem is, this was in Gotham, so the judge sentenced him to Arkham. I doubt it's too much of a spoiler to reveal that by the series end, White is disfigured and crazy as a result of his stay.

Alexander said...

That seems like one of those issues a good lawyer working on Gotham should know about (and really, when is being committed every better than a typical white-collar prison term?).

grazatt said...

Twinkie Dog reminds me of Wilfred