Impercepto (Hostess Comics)


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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

The sole ability to turn invisible.


He appeared in “The Power of Gold”, which was in Avengers #201 among other places.

Cruising in the Fantasti-Car, Mr. Fantastic declares, “The museum’s Centennial Exhibit of Gold is sure to attract the evil designs of Impercepto, that malevolent alien.”.


Knowing the invisible alien is somewhere about, Mr. Fantastic reaches his elastic limbs over the city, but can’t seem to get his hands on the little imp. “But wait… Impercepto’s DNA structure makes him materialize when he comes into contact with gold.” Look at the big brain on Reed !

Noting that, “A super hero can’t afford real gold these days” (could they EVER ?), Mr. Fantastic tosses down something just as good – Hostess™ Twinkies cakes. Impercepto can’t keep away, and becomes visible while munching on the spongy, golden snacks.

Reed wraps the li’l guy up with one of his arms, and that’s all she wrote for Impercepto.


He’s a red-skinned, little imp-like alien, with big pointed ears and antennae. He wears a green body-stocking with magenta colored gloves and little 50’s-style shoulder fins. He only has three fingers on each hand, and appears to have a long, worm-like body.


He likes gold a lot.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 02 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Gold Lust
Int: 07 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Alien gold thief
Inf: 05 Aur: 04 Spi: 04
Init: 014 HP: 030

Invisibility: 15, Vampirism: 08

Bonuses and Limitations:
Misc: Vampirism can only be used on gold.

SIA (Gold), CIA (Hostess™ Twinkies), MPR(3 fingers), CPR (no legs), Strange Appearance, Loss Vulnerability (Invisibility drops to 0 APs when touching gold or Twinkies).

By Daryl Kuxhouse.

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