THE ROLLER DISCO DEVILS
Membership: 7 members, none named
Purpose: A group of badly dressed, out-of-shape, over-grown juvenile delinquents trying to prove that they're still cool and that Disco isn't dead
Affiliations: Possibly the Village People
Enemies: The Hulk (Bruce Banner), local kids with a craving for Hostess
presumably Hostess Fruit Pie retailers who lost business because of them
Base of Operations: Mobile
First Appearance: Hostess Pie ad "The Incredible Hulk vs. The Roller Disco Devils" which can be found in Avengers I#198 (August 1980) and in other titles of that month
History: (The Incredible Hulk vs. The Roller Disco Devils) - The Roller Disco Devils were terrorizing the town in another of their skating sprees, which kept the children from buying Hostess Fruit Pies. When the music blaring from their boomboxes ("Yeah! Yeah! Baby! Wo! Wo! Rock! Roll! Yeah! Yeah!" - artist unknown) attracted the attention of the Incredible Hulk, the Green Goliath took action. In his blood-thirsty rampage, the Hulk tore up the pavement and rolled the street up around the Devils, crushing them in a scene of unspeakable carnage and making the world once again safe for junk food.
Comments: Created by Sal Buscema (penciler)...like anyone was going to sign their name to
Thanks to Bob Almond for identifying the penciler.
Given their fate at the hands of the Hulk, and due to the fact that they have never returned, one can ASSume that the Roller Disco Devils are dead. Good riddance.
The song "Yeah! Yeah! Baby! Wo! Wo! Rock! Roll! Yeah! Yeah!" is not on the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack.
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.
For God's sake, Busiek, please don't bring these guys into the mainstream - John
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!
Profile by John Kaminski
No known connection to...you're kidding, right? Who'd even want to be remotely associated with these pathetic losers? Even the Hypno-Hustler's got more pride than to be seen with them. Okay, just to make it official...
"The Roller Disco Devils" should not be confused with
Hostess ad, various comics, single page
panel 1 (group shot)
panel 3 (head shots)
panel 4 (squished in road shot)
Last updated: 04/13/05.
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