Making fun of the Hostess Fruit Pie ads that appeared in comic books of the 1970s has been done to death, sure. But this ad is here because of the righteous kick-buttery of Captain America. In comparing all the Hostess ads it is interesting that out of all them the character that most engages in a violent brawl is Captain America. I don't recall ever seeing a pie ad featuring Cap that didn't have him beating the crap out of someone.
Heaven forfend that the symbol of America use some diplomacy first. The ads with Batman, Captain Marvel and Superman usually show the heroes using minimum force to get the job of promoting treats done. Even 70s era stupid Hulk had him for most part talking it out with the enemy instead of throwing down. Not Cap!
- Gets really, really ticked. Like, 'someone took over our embassy' or 'invaded our shores' angry.
- Beats people near to death.
'wam', as if the hero is tapping someone on the shoulder to get their attention. Aquaman of course delivered the most feeble punches ever portrayed in the ads when he hit that squid guy and ice giant in their respective necks.
Cap's punches are like Manifest Destiny! Like America, Cap doesn't fool around and lets you know who's the boss, whether it be in a rumpus room or geopolitical theater. A punch from Captain American is symbolic beyond delicious pastries and is backed by all the strength of the Declaration of Independence and a writ of Habeas Corpus combined.
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