K-9 (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

Well, he’s got this dog whistle, see. And any dog that hears it will have to, like, follow him.



He appeared in “Batman in ‘The K-9 Caper !’”, an ad which ran in DC Comics Presents #43, and other issues as well, I’m sure.

Trouble begins at the Gotham City Dog Show. All the dogs are running wild. K-9 plans to ransom back all these precious pooches.

Batman arrives and realizes that “the show will be a dog-gone disaster unless I can stop K-9…” The only way that he can think to stop K-9 is to give him some Twinkies. “Rorwwff !” K-9 replies. He stops, removes his hood, and begins to eat the Twinkies as Batman takes away the whistle and leads K-9 to a waiting police car.

Commisioner Gordon comments, “Great work, Batman ! You saved the show !” Batman replies, “Just don’t ask me to run for dog-catcher, commissioner !”


He wears an orange dog costume that looks home-made. I mean, it’s really pretty silly. It’s a loose-fitting orange bodysuit with “paws”. The head is a separate piece, which can be removed.

Underneath the dog mask, K-9 has short dark hair.


He’s a crook. He steals stuff. What more do you need to know ?

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 06 Str: 04 Bod: 04
Int: 06 Wil: 05 Min: 06
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 04
Init: 016 HP: 025

CIA (Hostess™ Twinkies), SIA (Committing dog-related crimes).

Dog Whistle [BODY 04, Animal Control: 11, Speak with Animals: 02, Limitations: Animal powers only work on dogs and can only be used to cause animals to follow the sound of the whistle.].

By Sean MacDonald.

Source of Character: The DC Universe Hostess Villains.

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