BIG MOUTH

Real Name:  Unrevealed

Identity/Class:  Unrevealed

Occupation:  Purveyor of destruction; later, carnival worker

Group Membership:  None

Affiliations:  None known

Enemies:  Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell) (although they parted on good terms)

Known Relatives:  None

Aliases:  None known

Base of Operations: Unrevealed

First Appearance:  "Captain Marvel in:  He's All Mouth" (Hostess Twinkies advertisement, 1977, i. e. Amazing Spider-Man I#174)

Powers/Abilities: Big Mouth is a large disembodied mouth, perhaps four feet tall and six feet across, with two small vestigial hands; he or she can fly through the air or hover in place, and his or her teeth are strong enough to bite through solid wood. Big Mouth's ability to eat despite an apparent lack of a digestive system suggests that anything that he or she consumed was immediately converted to energy or perhaps projected extradimensionally.

 

History: Nothing is known about the history and nature of Big Mouth. Some months after a carnival opened to thriving business, Big Mouth decided to take it over by eating "everything in sight" and thus driving business away.

 

 

                (Hostess ad) - Captain Marvel, noticing the carnival's lack of business, arrived on the scene and confronted Big Mouth, whom he recognized, and who avoided his efforts to capture him or her. Falling from the sky after a failed attempt to grab hold of Big Mouth, Captain Marvel landed near a box of Hostess Twinkies, which he offered to Big Mouth. Big Mouth so enjoyed the snack cakes that he or she offered to help rebuild the carnival in exchange for more. Some time later, Big Mouth was apparently an employee of the again thriving carnival, supposedly spreading "the good word of friendship."

 

 

Comments:  Created by unidentified writer and artist.

                It's anyone's guess what Big Mouth was: extraterrestrial, extradimensional, genetically-engineered weapon of destruction, etc.

                Fortunately, it didn't occur to Big Mouth that as the sole occupant of a ruined carnival, he or she could eat every Hostess Twinkie in the place without doing any work whatsoever; of course, the carnival's snack supply would've run out eventually, so perhaps he or she was just thinking ahead.

                The fact that Captain Marvel refrained from using his nega-bands to fire energy at Big Mouth implies that this would have been unwise for some reason; perhaps Big Mouth, like Glom of the Imperial Guard, would only have derived sustenance from the energy and grown stronger.

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!

CLARIFICATIONS: Big Mouth should not be confused with:

  • the Big M, an alias used by both Madame Masque and the Masked Marauder
  • Big Mack, an extraterrestrial hamburger-headed man @ Howard the Duck#23
  • the Big Man (Frederick Foswell), a reporter and crimelord @ Amazing Spider-Man#10
  • the Big Man (Janice Foswell), daughter of the preceding, using his identity @ Marvel Team-Up#38
  • Big Man (Eugene Kligger Stivak), one of the Corporation's leaders @ Marvel Premiere#39
  • Big Man, a member of Godwulf's Redeemers on Earth-Deathlok @ Captain America#288
  • Big Man (Henry Pym, Jr.), the son of Giant-Man and the Wasp, member of the Revengers on Earth-MC2 @ A-Next#12
  • Big Mother, the mother of Grendel @ Captain Marvel (Vol. V)#20
  • the Big One (Kenjiro Sasaki), a child mutated by Doctor Demonicus to serve in the Pacific Overlords @ Avengers West Coast#70
  • the Big Question, Enigma Fisk, crimelord of Earth-Amalgam @ Assassins#1
  • Big Rock, a Maggia member @ Fantastic Four#101
  • Big Shot, a mercenary on Earth-8162 @ Death's Head#4
  • Big Titania, one of the Female Furies of Earth-Amalgam @ Bullets and Bracelets#1
  • Big Top, a young mutant who can enlarge and control her teddy bear, one of Nanny's Lost Boys and Girls @ X-Factor#35
  • the Big Wheel (Jackson Wheele), who used a giant metal wheel vehicle against Spider-Man and the Rocket Racer @ Amazing Spider-Man#182
  • Motormouth (Harley Davidson), sonic-powered adventurer from the United Kingdom @ Motormouth#1
  • Cottonmouth (Cornell Cottonmouth), super-strong crime boss @ Power Man#19
  • Cottonmouth Serpent Society member with superhuman jaw strength @ Captain America#310
  • Jimmy the Mouth (Jimmy Tannen), nephew of crime lord Vincent Tannen @ Spider-Man:  The Lost Years#1
  • Cragmouth, the Asgardian region inhabited by the Storms @ Thor:  Godstorm#1
  • Galaxy Master, a Hulk foe @ Incredible Hulk II#111
  • the Mouth Pear, a Spanish torture device used by Inanna's Bailiff of Madness @ Hellstorm#15
  • Ralph Kramden, bus driver, who's got a BIIIIIIIIIG mouth!

images:
"He's All Mouth", pan1 (main image)

pan4 (second image)
pan3 (third image)


Last updated: 09/20/03

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