Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Unrevealed, presumably human mutant or mutate (see comments)

Occupation: Gold thief

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed

First Appearance: Hostess Twinkies ad "A Passion For Gold" from Marvel Premiere I#52 (February, 1980) and other issues in that month

Powers/Abilities: Goldigger has the power to make himself intangible.

Goldigger also carries a gun which fired unidentified, missile-like projectiles.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'11")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 158 lbs.)
Eyes: Unrevealed (presumably brown - see comments)
Hair: Bald

(Hostess Twinkies ad "A Passion For Gold") - Mr. Fantastic found himself battling Goldigger. When Goldigger fired upon him, Mr. Fantastic bounced the projectiles back at his auric adversary but Goldigger turned intangible and let the projectiles pass harmlessly through him. At an impasse, Richards gave Goldigger Hostess Twinkies, a treat that the gilded villain gladly turned solid to eat. Mr. Fantastic then used his own arm to ensnare Goldigger.

Comments: Created by an unidentified writer (possibly Tony Macchia por Joel Tretin - see comments below) and an unidentified artist (again, see comments below).

    Goldigger was mentioned in the Appendix to the Fantastic Four Encyclopedia.

    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! --Snood

    Goldigger's origin was never explained so it remains unclear as to how he came about his intangibility powers. It is presumed he is some sort of mutant or possible mutate. --Proto-Man

    Goldigger's eye color was impossible to determine, as the only time he is seen not squinting in anger is the image to the left here and, as you can see, his eyes are drawn just as dots. Since they appear as black dots, I'd lean more towards the color brown if I were backed into a corner and forced to identify his eye color but then, who in their right mind would force someone to do that??! --Proto-Man

    Back Issue magazine#130 (September, 2021), published by TwoMorrows Publishing, has a fairly in-depth article about the Hostess ads from all of the big comic publishers at the time and their research confirmed that almost all of the superhero-themed Hostess ads (at both Marvel and DC) were written by either Tony Macchia (especially the earlier ones) or his successor Joel Tretin (for the ads' final years), both of whom worked for the Bates & Co. ad agency that came up with the idea for the ads. As for the artist, well, it's a little difficult to pinpoint exactly but I'm sure someone better qualified at spotting a specific artist's style might be able to determine the artist. The Back Issue article mentions that many of Marvel's Hostess ads were penciled by Sal Buscema (though the Goldigger ad doesn't quite look like his style to me) and Ross Andru, with occasional specific ones done by other artists at the time such as John Romita, Sr., George Tuska, Gene Colan, Gil Kane, Dave Cockrum, Marie Severin and even Frank Miller (who penciled two of them)! --Proto-Man

    The digitally colored images in this profile come from the Savage She-Hulk#1 Facsimile Edition (2022). --Proto-Man

Main image cleaned up by Ron Fredricks.

Profile by John Kaminski.

Goldigger has no known connection to:

images: (without ads)
Hostess ad, various comics, panel 1 (full body shot)
Hostess ad, various comics, panel 6 (head shot)
Hostess ad, various comics, panel 4 (intangible)

Hostess ad, "A Passion for Gold!" (February, 1980) - unidentified writer, artist and editor

First posted04/13/2005
Last updated: 01/02/2023

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