Real Name: Abraham James

Identity/Class: Unrevealed, presumably human mutant or mutate

Occupation: Prisoner; troublemaker

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Big Wheel, Chairman, Demolition Derby, Elektro, Fly, Home Wrecker, Human Computer, Hypno-Hustler, June Jitsui, Larcenous Lil, Legal Eagle, Photoman, Printout Man, Simon the Evil Swami

Enemies: Spider-Man

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: S-Wing, unnamed prison in New York state, USA

First Appearance: Hostess Twinkies ad "Hotshot on the Block" from Thor I#284 (June, 1979) and other issues published in that month

Powers/Abilities: Hotshot had the power to throw fireballs from his hands.  It is unknown if this power was natural or artificial, and it is unknown if Hotshot had any other pyrokinetic powers.


("Hotshot on the Block") - Spider-Man's old enemy (?) returned to once again cause trouble for the Wall-Crawler.  After narrowly dodging some fireballs thrown by Hotshot, Spider-Man tossed down some delicious Hostess Twinkies.  Hotshot couldn't resist the golden sponge cake and creamy filling of the snack cake and (being unable to throw fireballs and eat at the same time) Hotshot halted his attack to eat.  Spider-man then ensnared Hotshot in a web and left him for local constabulary to pick up.

(Fin Fang Four Return!#1/5 (fb) - BTS) - Hotshot was imprisoned somewhere in NY state.

Hotshot after too much prison food

(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 Hotshot, who had now become overweight. 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 an unidentified writer and artist.

Although Spider-man referred to Hotshot as being his "old enemy", this Hostess ad is actually Hotshot's first appearance to date. Kind of a shame, as I do think Hotshot was one of the better Hostess villains, and I think he should be brought into the mainstream. Maybe put him in an "Untold Tales of Spider-Man" story (which would explain that "old enemy" remark), maybe even team him up with Icemaster...

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

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!---Kyle

His real name was revealed in Elektro's profile in OHotMU A-Z Update 2010#2.

Profile by John Kaminski

Hotshot has no known connection to:

"Hosthot on the Block!", pan2 (main image)

pan6 (delicious)

Fin Fang Four Return!#1/5, p5, pan6 (too much prison food)

Hostess Ad: "Hotshot on the Block" (June, 1979)
Fin Fang Four Return!#1/5 (July, 2009) - Scott Gray (writer), Roger Langridge (artist), John Barber (editor)

First Posted: 03/20/2005
Last updated: 05/09/2009

Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

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