Topsy-Turvy Man (Hostess comics)

Topsy Turvy Man

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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

He makes people think that everything’s topsy-turvy. In DC Heroes RPG terms, he uses 1 AP of Gravity Decrease on a large area to cause money and other lightweight objects to float up where he can catch them. He can also use all 2 APs in order to affect a character like Batman.

One thing which adds to the topsy-turvy illusion is the fact that when he uses his Air Walking power, he is upside down. In this position, his head is only a few feet off the ground.



He appeared in The Whole World’s Upside Down, which appeared in Adventure #451.

Topsy-Turvy Man was menacing Gotham. Batman tried to stop him, but was thwarted momentarily when Topsy-Turvy Man turned him upside down. Batman still managed to beat him up, though. And everyone got their Hostess™ Fruit Pies back again.


He is bald on top. He has brown hair on the sides of his head. He wears a green suit with brown shoes.


He just wants to steal stuff, like money and Hostess Fruit Pies.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Topsy-Turvy Man

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 04
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 05
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 03
Init: 012 HP: 030

Gravity Decrease: 02, Air Walking: 01

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Gravity Decrease has a huge area of effect.
  • Air Walking allows Topsy to walk upside-down on air.

By Sean MacDonald.

Source of Character: The DC Universe Hostess Villains.

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