: Gaius Julius Caesar (possibly)
Identity/Class: Unknown; presumably
human/extra-temporal but could be something else (See Comments)
Occupation: General and statesman
Group Membership: Led a legion of Roman Centurions (at least)
Affiliations: Amiable relationship with Captain America and presumably
sent to correct time/space period by Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. (in modern era)
Enemies: None (in the modern era)
Known Relatives: Other Caesars
Aliases: Imperator; Pontifex
Maximus; Consul (all official titles for Gaius Julius)
Base of Operations: Ancient Rome
presumably New York's Central Park (briefly in the modern era)
First Appearance: In a Hostess ad
appearing in August editions of Marvel comic books (example: Defenders I#62, 1978)
Powers/Abilities: Caesar had skills
as a leader politically as well as militaristically. One such skill included a
command of persuasive public speech. Even if Caesar were a Space Phantom, he
would still retain these characteristics.
History: Through some quirk in
space/time, "Caesar" and a legion of his Roman Centurions appeared in a modern
age American park (presumably Central Park). SHIELD's director, Nick Fury, dispatched Captain
America to control this unexpected arrival. As the Captain arrived, he observed
Caesar and his men enjoying delicious Hostessâ
Twinkies pulled from abandoned pic-a-nic bas-kets (as Yogi Bear would put it).
After an amiable exchange, Captain America assured Caesar that he and his men
would be returned to their proper place and time.
inker extraordinaire, theorizes, "...I'm not sure about who penciled the ad
(Ron Wilson? Sal Buscema?) but it seems to be the ink work of Joe Sinnott as far
as I can tell."
Which historical Caesar this is supposed to represent is unknown. Presumably,
this Caesar was based upon the most well known Caesar, Gaius Julius. If this is
supposed to be Gaius Julius Caesar, then he made his first historical comic
appearance within Ideal #1 (July 1948)
during an Antony and Cleopatra story. Julius
Caesar made another pre-modern comic book story appearance in Adventures into Weird Worlds #21 (See the Hitler
entry) and in Tales to Astonish#31. Finally, Caesar appeared within these Marvel Comic titles: Dr.
Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #33 (See the Zota
entry), Savage Sword of Conan#106/2 (Bran Mak Morn story, adaptation
of Men of the Shadows), and Hulk #210 (See the Maha
Yogi entry). Thanks to Per Degaton for catching the Conan
and Ideal appearances.
Also present at the death of Gaius Julius Caesar (in addition
to the Maha Yogi) was
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
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.
To make things even more complicated, I like to believe that Caesar and his
Centurions were Space Phantoms sent in some heretofore-unrevealed plot of
Immortus. To back this up, Caesar and his men did refer to the people in the
park as "creatures." Plus, I bet that if these guys were the real
time-traveling deal they would be droppin' turd piles out from under their
man-dresses due to shock ! Of course if Caesar had a literal legion of
men (3.000 to 6,000 foot soldiers PLUS cavalrymen) at his disposal, he wouldn't
have much to fear from a park filled with modern-day picnickers.
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!
Finally, here's some background info on the name Caesar:
Caesar, name of a patrician Roman family and an imperial title. The
family of the Julian gens (clan) called Caesar was active in Roman public
life from the time of the Punic Wars. The most renowned member of this family
was Gaius Julius Caesar. His adopted son, Gaius Octavius, assumed the name Gaius
Julius Caesar Octavianus in accordance with Roman custom, later adding the title
Augustus (Latin, "majestic"), by which he is generally known. The four
Roman emperors of the Julio-Claudian line—Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius I, and
Nero—were also adopted into this family and thus properly called Caesar. After
the dynasty ended with the death of Nero in AD 68, the name Caesar was retained
to designate the imperial rulers. Emperor Hadrian adopted the imperial title
Augustus; Caesar then became the title of the heir apparent to the Roman throne.
In AD 285 Emperor Diocletian appointed a colleague, Maximian, to share the
throne. Maximian was called Caesar until 286, when he was given the imperial
title Augustus; two assistants, intended to be successors to the Augustuses,
were selected and given the title Caesar. Each Augustus and each Caesar was
assigned a portion of the Roman Empire to administer. Although this complex
system did not survive, the title continued to be used for emperors-designate.
The imperial significance of the title Caesar was preserved in medieval and
modern derivations, including the German kaiser and the Russian czar
(Info from "Caesar," Microsoft® Encarta® 97
Encyclopedia. © 1993-1996 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved).
Image provided by Bob Almond, inker extraordinaire!
Profile created, updated, and edited by Kyle Sims
CLARIFICATIONS: Caesar of the Hostess ad has no known
Caesar, angry guy @ Cable#58
Jonathan Caesar, wealthy stalker @ Amazing Spider-Man I#304
- He may or may not be any of the known historical Caesars, including:
Gaius Julius Caesar, the most well known Caesar @ Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#33
"The Time Warp!", pan5 (main image)
Any Additions/Corrections? please let
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