Membership: Three human males, names unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human, technology users

Purpose: Theft for profit

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Iron Man

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City

First Appearance: "Iron Man Vs. the Bank Robbers" (Hostess Fruit Pies advertisement in Uncanny X-Men#140 and other December 1980 issues)

Powers/Abilities: The Bank Robbers carried high-tech guns whose capabilities were not depicted.

History: Nothing is known about the past of the Bank Robbers, although it is possible that they were previously active in earlier criminal attempts (see Comments).

("Iron Man Vs. the Bank Robbers")- The Bank Robbers invaded the First State Bank and held the bank's employees hostage. When the Robbers demanded that the police send in food, Iron Man advised the police to send in a supply of Hostess Fruit Pies, while he listened in on the Robbers' conversation with his "cyber-helmet receiver." The Robbers enthusiastically went for the pies, throwing aside their weapons as they did so. Iron Man then burst through the bank's door and captured all three of them, dragging them to police custody.

Comments: Created by an unidentified writer and artist. Bob Almond believes the artist to be Herb Trimpe.

The Bank Robbers might be Hy Torque and his two underlings; it's also possible that the underlings had earlier operated as the drivers of the Brawn Tank, while Torque was later active as one of the drivers of the Rhinos, along with a female partner.

Of all the Hostess villains, only Icemaster has shown up in an Earth-616 title. He could have crossed over to Earth-616 from "Earth-Hostess," but I say leave them on Earth-616 until proven otherwise. Nonetheless, until they do show up in regular continuity, they remain outside regular canon. Surely someone will write a story teaming them all together.---Snood.

This is not true anymore as some Hostess ad villains were mentioned in the Fantastic Four Encyclopedia as natives of Earth-616. And lets not forget about Printout Man in the New Avengers Most Wanted Files.

You can get the whole story, and some clever commentary from Seanbaby's The Hostess Page. It might not meet with the Comics Code Authority's approval, so kids, ask your parents before checking that out!---Kyle

by Ronald Byrd

The Bank Robbers should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
"Iron Man Vs. the Bank Robbers" panel 1
"Iron Man Vs. the Bank Robbers" panel 5

Last updated: 04/04/04

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