THE PHOOMIE GOONIES
Membership: An "army" of 3 unnamed members
Purpose: Domestic terrorists spreading fear and anarchy with their forces
Enemies: The Hulk (Bruce Banner)
Base of Operations: Mobile
First Appearance: Hostess Fruit Pie ad "The Hulk vs. The Phoomie Goonies" from What If? I#30 (Oct. 1981) and other titles published that month.
History: (Hostess Fruit Pie ad "The Hulk vs. The Phoomie Goonies") - The Phoomie Goonie army was attempting to take hostages at a U.S. post office. As fate would have it, Bruce Banner just happened to be applying for a job at that particular post office. Banner went postal and transformed into the incredible Hulk. The Hulk grabbed all three of the revolting-revolutionaries in a bearhug; the three Phoomie Goonies promptly negotiated their surrender for Hostess Fruit Pies. The three were swiftly jailed, but were not too despondent because the real fruit fillings and delicious flaky crusts of their snacks made up for their loss of freedom.
Comments: Created by an unknown writer and an unknown artist.
"Phoomie" is an in-joke to "F.O.O.M." (Friends Of Ol' Marvel), Marvel's one-time in-house fan club. I remember reading once that the three Goonies resemble previous Marvel staffers (I think the one in the middle is Al Milgrom and the one on the right is Bob Layton); can anyone confirm or deny this?
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.
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.
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!
The Phoomie Goonies have no known connection to
Hostess ad, various comics, single page
panel 3 (entering post office)
panel 5 (in prison)
Last updated: 04/27/05.
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