Real Name: Matthew Mitchell
Identity/Class: Normal human
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Big Wheel, Chairman, Demolition Derby, Elektro, Fly, Hotshot, Human Computer, Hypno Hustler, June Jitsui, Larcenous Lil, Legal Eagle, Photoman, Printout Man, Simon the Swami
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: S-Wing,unnamed prison in New York state, USA
First Appearance: Hostess ad "Spider-Man Meets the Home Wrecker" from Spider-Woman I#4 (July, 1978) and other issues published in that month.
Powers/Abilities: Home Wrecker was an accomplished heavy equipment operator, and he probably knew how to maintain and repair heavy equipment machinery as well. He used a wrecking-ball crane to destroy/damage buildings in his appearance.
almost all of the Hostess
characters, Home Wrecker is a moist, fruity mystery baked into an
enigmatically light and flaky crust wrapped in an easily
disposable puzzle. In other words, nothing is known about his
("Spider-Man Meets the Home Wrecker" (fb) - BTS) - Through yet-to-be revealed means, Home Wrecker made a name for himself in the destruction business.
("Spider-Man Meets the Home Wrecker") - While Home Wrecker was damaging buildings with a crane-operated wrecking ball, he was well known enough to be identified by Spider-Man by name when the hero confronted him. Luckily, Spidey had Hostessâ cherry pies on hand, and their flaky crusts and moist fillings quelled Home Wrecker's destructive yearnings. Spider-Man left him bound up in cable.
(Fin Fang Four Return!#1/5 (fb) - BTS) - Home Wrecker was imprisoned somewhere in NY state.
(Fin Fang Four Return!#1/5) - The robot Elektro, mistakenly identified as a villain and arrested, was ushered into the prison's S-Wing where he met various past Spider-Man villains, including Home Wrecker. Later, inspired by Elektro's defiance, he and the other inmates of S-Wing smashed their way out only to be subdued by the prison guards using sedation foam.
Comments:Created by unknown writer, penciler and inker.
So what was this guy's deal? It doesn’t seem like someone could be a successful criminal when their main criminal tool/gimmick is slow moving heavy machinery. Maybe he was an construction worker who got knocked on the noggin one too many times without his hardhat, leaving a soft, creamy filling inside his cranium. Maybe he’s a disgruntled (ex-) construction worker looking for vengeance against the industry. Perhaps he’s a radical anarchist. Perhaps he’s as nutty as Hostess pies are fruity. Perhaps he’s a number of these, all of these, or none of these. Perhaps I just have way too much free time on my hands. Maybe I could fill them heavy equipment controls-- or better yet Hostess snacks!
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.
And now they've been found! ... in a dark corner of an ignored prison ...
You can get the whole Hostess 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!
Perhaps the awesome mind-altering powers of Twinkies has been neutralized to prevent its will-sapping power falling into the wrong hands...---Grendel Prime
His real name was revealed in Elektro's profile in OHotMU A-Z Update 2010#2.
Profile by Kyle Smith
With an assist from Snood, Bob Almond, Inker Extraordinaire, who provided the first image for this profile. Many thanks to both! Additional info and image from Grendel Prime.
Home Wrecker should not be confused with:
"Spider-Man Meets The Home Wrecker", pan2 (main image)
Fin Fang Four Return!#1/5, p6, pan1 (older head shot)
Last updated: 05/09/09
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