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Ding-a-Ling family (Hostess Comics)

Bee Ding-a-Ling

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


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

All the members of the Ding-a-Ling Family appear to be able to survive unprotected in space. In addition, Cousins Bee and Bye have a special “cousin-power” which makes them both unusually resistant to harm, unless they lose their concentration.



They appeared in “The Ding-a-Ling Family”, which was in Avengers #167 among other places.

By some mysterious quirk of space and time warp, the Ding-a-Ling Family is thrust into Thor’s Asgardian orbit. The family leaves behind a trail of evil-doing on Earth.” Grandma leads the charge, “Let’s git’em all, kin.”.

The Ding-a-Lings jump from their floating trailer to a spacefaring ark whose occupants include Thor, Sif and Volstagg. Grandma spots the Thunder God, and says to her family, “By cracky, that purty, yella-haired fella’s the leader… let’s hornswoggle him and the rest’ll be a piece of cake…”

All the family members pile on, and Grandpa shouts, “Hold him still, so ah ken git a bead on ’im with my atomic shotgun.”. Thor lashes out with Mjolnir, knocking all the Ding-a-Lings aside except for two – Cousin Bee and Cousin Bye, who resist the hammer blows due to their “cousin power”.

But the pair lets it slip that their power fades when they lose their concentration. So Sif brings out a tray of Hostess™ Fruit Pies.

Immediately, Bee and Bye lose interest in the Thunder God, focusing instead on the fruit-filled goodness. “You fools! We almost had the yella-haired one in our power! Dumb cousins!”, yells Granny.

Thor replies, “Forsooth, m’lady… not so dumb… they knoweth of yon delicious snack…”. As a final word, Sif and Volstagg say, “Now home to Odin. Be sure to save some Hostess Fruit pies for that great one to enjoy too!”. Good idea. The All-Father can get pretty cranky when he doesn’t get any Hostess Fruit Pies.


Cousins Bee and Bye look identical, with scraggly brown hair, white shirts with the sleeves ripped off, and ragged brown pants.

None of the Ding-a-Lings wear shoes.


The Ding-a-Lings attack by swarming opponents with their massive number. Grandma is the leader, and barks out orders to the rest of her kin.

Of course, they all talk with a hillbilly accent, saying words like “hornswoggle” and “reckon”, etc.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Cousin Bee Ding-A-Ling

Dex: 06 Str: 05 Bod: 06 Motivation: Psychopath
Int: 01 Wil: 02 Min: 02 Occupation: Cosmic Hillbilly
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 03
Init: 012 HP: 020

Force Field: 20, Sealed Systems: 15

Bonuses and Limitations:
Bye’s Force Field Protects Power User Only. It expands a max. distance of about a half inch from his body.

Acrobatics (Climbing): 06, Martial Artist: 08

Bonuses and Limitations:
Martial Artist also helps represent Bee’s ability at rasslin’. He can substitute the skill’s AP value for his AV/EV when determining Grappling Attacks.

CIA (Hostess Fruit Pies), Loss Vulnerability (Lack of concentration causes Bye’s Force Field power to drop to 0APs. Things that might cause his concentration to drop include character interaction attempts by others, suffering from his Irrational Attraction, etc.), Unluck.

By Daryl Kuxhouse.

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