Monday, March 01, 2010

Frank Miller, Spider-Man, and Twinkies




I went looking for Hostess Ads online this weekend, and look what I came across: a lost early work by none other than Hollywood glamor-boy Frank Miller himself!  I've seen a lot of the Hostess ads in my day, but I've never seen this one before. Turns out it was one of a few Marvel Hostess ads that got farmed out to Gold Key comics, and was printed in an issue of "Chip N' Dale" of all things. The Hostess ads were produced under contract by the Marvel bullpen, and this one is dated 1979, so it's likely that young Frank was pressed into service one day when he came in to drop off Daredevil pages. The Demolition Derby seems like a goofier, genteel version of Miller's Bullseye, hurling his hat with destructive precision before being taken down by the delights of golden sponge cake and creamed filling. Maybe Elektra should've just tried tossing some Fruit Pies at Bullseye, hm?



Ad found at Seanbaby's Hostess Page.

6 comments:

Pastrami said...

I'm not saying you're wrong, but how do you know that's FM?

Brian Hughes said...

Educated guess. If that's not Frank Miller's early style, I'll (ahem) eat my hat.

Anonymous said...

OH yeah, that's Frank Miller's art,
all right!

Sam Kujava

ZADL said...

The tragic end of Demolition Derby was that he was stabbed to death on his own Twinkies.

Pastrami said...

They should make a full length comic out of one of these stories!

Anonymous said...

Anyone know which issue this was in?