Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human technology user

Occupation: Megalomaniac, scientist

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Captain America

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "The Mad Deserter"

Base of Operations: Private Laboratory

First Appearance: Hostess Fruit Pies ad "The Deserted City!" (published in various Marvel books, February, 1980) 

Powers/Abilities: The Deserter was an inventive genius who created a "deserter ray" gun which fired some form of mind-control beam that could make any one fired upon desert their families, jobs, etc.  The effects of the "deserter ray" were not permanent as Captain America was able to shrug them off in a few hours. 

History: (Hostess ad: "The Deserted City!") - The spell of the Deserter caused the entire population of an unnamed city to abandon their lives and walk to the outskirts of the town.  When Captain America went to investigate, he too was blasted by the Deserter's ray-gun.  Awakening with the rest of the city's population, Captain America gave them Hostess Fruit Pies, and the real fruit filling and flaky crust broke them from their trance.  Cap then went to The Deserter's lab and put the kibosh on the AWOL-antagonist.

Comments: Created by an unknown writer and an unknown artist.

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!---Kyle

Profile by John Kaminski


The Deserter has no known connection to: 

The Deserted City, panel 2
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Last updated: 05/20/06

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