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Johnny Punk (Hostess Comics)

Johnny Punk


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

During the 1970s, confectioner and cakes maker Hostess advertised in major comic books. The advertisements were full-page comics starring Marvel and DC Comics characters (and Hostess products).

These comics were nonsensical and a parody of the most absurd aspects of Silver Age  comics. They’re still fondly remembered for their goofiness.


Powers and Abilities

No powers, but his sound system can hypnotize people. So I’m assuming some degree of tinkering ability.

Johnny is a commanding, star-like presence, at ease barking orders at his stagehands and underlings.


History

He appeared in Daredevil vs. Johnny Punk”, which was in Dazzler #1, among other places.

Johnny is standing backstage at one of his concerts with two technicians. Pointing to the crowd, he says, “The next set, we raise the decibels to mega-pitch ! The high-frequency sound waves will lock their brains—they’ll do whatever I command !”.

With his hypersensitive hearing, Daredevil picks up on Johnny’s plan from outside. DD enters the arena, finding Johnny with his hand on the sound system controls. “Back off, or I’ll blow the roof off—with sound !”, says Johnny.

Daredevil’s radar senses enough electric potential to back up Johnny’s threat, so he offers up some Hostess™ Fruit Pies as a distraction. Johnny exclaims,”I sure dig the real fruit filling !”.

Daredevil wraps the criminal musician and his two flunkies up with the line from his billy-club. In a very un-Millerish  fashion, he utters, “Better a Hostess Fruit Pie than the fruits of crime, Johnny Punk !”. Swinging over the cheering crowd, Daredevil, the fuddy-duddy says, “And thanks to Hostess, I don’t have to listen to his music anymore !”.

You’re really showin’ you’re age there, DD.


Description

Johnny is decked out in a black leather jacket, (with red trim around the lapels !), leather pants, boots, etc.. Under the jacket, a white dress-type shirt and a red tie. He has a green mohawk, and wears small, gold hoop earrings in each ear. Johnny Rotten would kick this guy’s ass.


Personality

Johnny is more than a mere punk rock musician. He’s also a criminal mastermind with aspirations of taking over the minds of his fans. Presumably, he would use them to commit other criminal actions — or maybe, just buy more of his records.


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Johnny Punk

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Power Lust
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 04 Occupation: Musician
Inf: 06 Aur: 04 Spi: 04
Init: 014 HP: 030

Skills:
Artist (Musician): 03, Charisma*: 06, Gadgetry*: 05

Advantages:
Popularity.

Connections:
Music Industry (High).

Drawbacks:
Dark Secret (he’s a criminal), CIA (Hostess Fruit Pies), Strange Appearance.

Equipment:
HYPERSONIC SOUND SYSTEM [BODY 03, Hypnotism: 05, R#05, Bonus: Hypnotism has a 3AP radius Area Effect.].

By Daryl Kuxhouse.

Source of Character: Hostess ads that appeared in Marvel comic books.

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