Earth-Hostess / Earth-51914
Real Name: Gaius Julius Caesar
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-51914) human
Occupation: General and statesman
Group Membership: Led a legion of Roman Centurions
Affiliations: Captain America (Steve Rogers), presumably Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D.
Known Relatives: Presumably same as his Earth-616 counterpart
Aliases: Imperator, Pontifex Maximus, Consul (all official titles for Gaius Julius)
Base of Operations: Ancient Rome; formerly New York City, Central Park (briefly in the modern era)
First Appearance: Hostess advertisement "The Time Warp" (August, 1978)
Powers/Abilities: Caesar had skills as a leader politically as well as militaristically. One such skill included a command of persuasive public speech.
Weight: 170 lbs. (by approximation)
(Hostess advertisement "The Time Warp!") - Through some quirk in space/time, Caesar and a legion of his Roman Centurions appeared in modern age Central Park. S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury, dispatched Captain America to control this unexpected arrival. As the Captain arrived, he observed Caesar and his men enjoying the delicious Hostess Twinkies pulled from abandoned picnic baskets. After an amiable exchange, Captain America assured Caesar and his men would be returned to their proper time and place.
Comments: Created by Joe Sinnott (inks, presumably).
In 2005, Kyle Smith had written the Appendix profile on the Hostess ad Caesar although Kyle himself wasn't so sure about Caesar's true identity: I 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.
Caesar's Hostess appearance "The Time Warp!" appeared in August 1978 editions of Marvel comic books for example Defenders I#62. The Hostess ad characters have since become canon as you might've seen Icemaster in the pages of the Thunderbolts and the X-Men or the Printout Man in the New Avengers Most Wanted Files and Fing Fang Four Return.
However, concerning this specific Caesar, the Captain America Index noted it thusly: While thwarting villainy with baked confectionary might seem to suggest these ads are unlikely to be part of regular Marvel (Earth-616) continuity, several antagonists created for the ads reappeared in 616 stories, raising the possibility that events similar to the ones depicted, presumably minus the tasty Hostess cake element, could have taken place in 616. So this means Captain America and Caesar might have met but not included the Hostess cakes aspect.
The Hostess world received it's own designation Earth-51914 when energy vampire Morlun travelled to that Earth to kill it's Spider-Man. As depicted in Spider-Verse I#1 (January, 2015).
You can find out more about the Hostess ads at Seanbaby's The Hostess Page.
It's also worth mentioning that: The Roman leader is only identified as Caesar in the strip; the Captain America Index confirms for the first time exactly which Roman emperor he is.
Marvel Comics inker Bob Almond theorized Joe Sinnott was responsible for the ad's inks.
You can read about Caesar's Earth-616 counterpart here, followed by that of Charles Cotta.
Profile updated and expanded by MarvellousLuke.
Profile by Kyle Smith
Caesar has no known connections to
images: (without ads)
Hostess advertisement "The Time Warp!", pan5 (Hostess ad)
Hostess advertisement "The Time Warp" (August, 1978) - Joe Sinnott (inks, presumably)
First Posted: 05/06/03
Last Updated: 03/19/19
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
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