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Doctor Live (Hostess Comics) and Green Lantern

Doctor Live


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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

He has this neat device. There’s this ray that can be fired from the ceiling and it shrinks people ! Dr. Live just sits at his computer, pushes a button, and *poof* shrinkage !


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History

He appeared in “Green Lantern and the Fruit Pie Scene,” published in Freedom Fighters #5.

Green Lantern opens up a door, and notices something odd going on. A mad scientist has a man tied up. Dr. Live introduces himself, then shrinks GL. Dr. Live shows off his collection of people in jars. He grabs GL, and starts to put him into a jar. GL uses his ring to return everyone to their proper size.

Dr. Live is obviously defeated. The people who have been freed are jubilant. “Thank you. Thank you. I didn’t mind being small in a bottle but I was just about to bite into my DELICIOUS HOSTESS APPLE PIE…when it happened.”

The others have similar things to say: “…but my mouth was too small…What agony ! And with real fruit filling, too !”


Description

He wears a white labcoat over a black suit with a black bowtie. He also wears round glasses. His hair and beard are black.


Personality

“My name is Dr. Live. Spell that backwards and you’ll know what trouble you’re in for…”

So speaks Dr. Live. He’s your basic criminal mastermind. “Green Lantern has defeated me. I’ll have to change my name to Resol. (Spell it backwards and you’ll know what I mean)”


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Dr. Live

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 03
Int: 07 Wil: 05 Min: 05
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 03
Init: 016 HP: 030

Skills:
Gadgetry: 12

Advantages:
Genius.

Drawbacks:
SIA (Spelling things backwards), MPR (Glasses).

Equipment:

  • SHRINKING RAY [BODY 06, Shrinking: 08, Limit: Shrinking does reduce STR and weight, but apparently does not increase OV].
  • Storage Jars [BODY 01 STR 01].

By Sean MacDonald.

Source of Character: The DC Universe Hostess Villains.

Helper(s): Andy Nystrom, Dave Oakes, Mark Ayen, JD.

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