DEMOLITION DERBY

Real Name: Basil Mendelsohn

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Prisoner;

formerly thief

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Big Wheel, Chairman, Elektro, Fly, Home Wrecker, Hotshot, Human Computer, Hypno Hustler, June Jitsui, Larcenous Lil, Legal Eagle, Photoman, Printout Man, Simon the 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 "Spider-Man and the Demolition Derby" (1979)

Powers/Abilities: The Demolition Derby wore a derby hat which he used as an offensive throwing weapon.  He could throw with enough force to smash bricks off of walls and throw it in such a way that it would return to him. 

Derby in prison

History: 

("Spider-Man and the Demolition Derby") - Spider-Man ran into the Demolition Derby as he was in the act of stealing the Faith Diamond from Spiffany's.  As the bowler-brigand attacked him, Spidey was able to deflect the hat with his webbing and then throw down some packages of Hostess Twinkies.  The tasty snack drew the Derby's attention until police arrived to arrest him.

(Fin Fang Four Return!#1/5 (fb) - BTS) - Demolition Derby 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 Demolition Derby, who was playing cards with Simon the Swami. 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 unknown writer and an unknown artist (see comments).

By the way, Demolition Derby was bald under that hat.

Normally, we do not publish incomplete profiles, but I've been waiting on more information concerning the date of publication for this story for months now. I've got it down to 1979, but that's it, and none of the '79 books I own have the ad. If you know a sample issue this was in, please pass it along to us. Thanks - Madison.

Of all the Hostessvillains, 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

Holy....I checked out the 'Hostesspage' for this profile...this looks like it's by Frank Miller!! Frank did a Hostess ad?! And it looks like it's inked by Josef Rubenstein or maybe Janson but hard to tell without a larger file.
--Bob Almond

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

Profile by John Kaminski

Clarifications:
The Demolition Derby has no known connection to:


images:
Spider-Man Vs. the Demolition Derby, panel 4 (main)
Fin Fang Four Return!#1/5, p3, pan1


Appearances:
Hostess Ad: "Spider-Man and the Demolition Derby" (1979)
Fin Fang Four Return!#1/5 (July, 2009) - Scott Gray (writer), Roger Langridge (artist), John Barber (editor)


Last updated: 05/09/09

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