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Hotshot (Hostess comics) (Spider-Man enemy)

Hotshot


Power Level:
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

Back in the 1990s or early 2000s, we wrote up a good number of villains from the silly, funky Hostess cakes adverts from the late 1970s and early 1980s. So eh, let’s have one more.

Hotshot appeared in 1979 ads in Marvel comics.

In the days of yore, these guys could have *some* utility as a reusable costume design. Say, for Gamemasters wanting to introduce new villains in their campaigns, but lacking artistic ability. However :

  1. Hotshot’s costume isn’t the best. The Flame did it better.
  2. Tools have emerged to address that long ago. Such as the Hero Machine  and superhero MMORPGs.

Powers & Abilities

Hotshot can throw fireballs. That explains the name, yes ? Yes.

Apparently, he’s accurate enough to force Spider-Man on the defensive.


History

Hotshot, apparently an old enemy of Spider-Man (Peter Parker), gratuitously attacked him one night.

“It’s going to be a hot time in the old town tonight” mutters Spider-Man, presumably embarrassed that he didn’t get a good line from a better writer.

To the staggering astonishment of the gasping readership — they gasp because they are surprised — Spider-Man throws Hostess twinkies at Hotshot to distract him.

The would-be calcinator is therefore captured, as is just and right.

Don’t call it a comeback

In 2009, Hotshot was seen in the S-Wing of an unspecified New York prison. He was now much fatter, and may have aged since 1979 (unlike, say, June Jitsui).

He briefly participated in an accidental breakout, but everybody was brought down using sedation foam.


Quotes

“You’ll be a pile of ashes when I really turn on the heat, web head !”


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Hotshot

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 03 Wil: 03 Min: 03 Occupation: Hitman
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 03 Wealth: 004
Init: 020 HP: 020

Powers:
Enhanced initiative: 10, Flame project: 09

Skills:
Accuracy (Flame project): 08

Advantages:
None demonstrated.

Connections:
Street (Low).

Drawbacks:
CIA (Hostess Twinkies).


Design notes

Stats (including the Motivation and Occupation) are almost wholly arbitrary.

Once he was out of shape, his scores (and particularly his Enhanced Initiative Power and Accuracy (Skill)) were likely markedly lower.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: 1979 Hostess advert in some comic.

Writeup completed on the 14th of March, 2021.

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