Hy Torque (Hostess comic book adverts)

Hy Torque

(Hostess adverts)

Power Level:
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 & Abilities

Hy Torque drives a special muscle car, equipped with a huge ram plate. It is capable of knocking over all sorts of obstacles, and could match the power of a Golden Avenger-class Iron Man suit.

He usually operates with two henchmen. They help him grab the loot and throw it in the car before they race away.



“Iron Man in An Irresistible Force !” appeared in The Incredible Hulk #232, among others.

Hy Torque and his newest henchmen attack the Van Ness mansion. The car smashes open the gates. As it races toward the door of the manor itself, the bandits realise that Iron Man (Tony Stark) is guarding it. They ram him. Iron Man tries to push back the car, but the two are too evenly matched.

“Strength won’t make a difference — strategy will”, declares Iron Man. He then goes for an utterly unexpected move, throwing Hostess® Twinkies® cakes at the gangsters. Truly, Tony Stark is a genius !

As the heinous criminals enjoy their twinkies, Iron Man wrecks their car. ”Perhaps we could trade the car for some more Twinkies cakes ?” wonders the dafter henchman.

Hy Torque (Hostess comic book adverts) vs. Iron Man


The gang wears light green jumpsuits, and darker green crash helmets with a shaded visor. Their car is an orange custom convertible.


Hy Torque is confident in his car’s power.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Hy Torque

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Loot ! Loot !
Int: 03 Wil: 03 Min: 03 Occupation: Criminal
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Wealth: 005
Init: 009 HP: 010

Gadgetry: 06, Vehicles (Land): 06

Bonuses and Limitations:
Gadgetry only applies to cars.

None demonstrated.

Street (Low).

CIA (Hostess cakes).


  • SUPER MEGA CAR, DRIVES TOO FAST [STR 12 BODY 08, Damage absorption (Structural damage only, front only): 08, Running: 07, R#02].
  • HELMET [BODY 04, Enhance (Structural RV): 02 (cap is 09), Enhance (RV against Unarmed, Critical, Devastation and doubles): 03 (cap is 08), Enhance (Facial attacks (see above) RV): 02 (cap is 08), Shade (Visual, audial): 01, Drawback: Audial Perception rolls have +2CS to their OV/RV.]

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Hostess strips.

Helper(s): Ethan Roe.

Writeup completed on the 22nd of December, 2017.