Hot Stuff the Little Devil
|Hot Stuff the Little Devil|
|First appearance||Hot Stuff #1 October 1957|
|Created by||Warren Kremer|
|Full name||Hot Stuff|
|Abilities||Flight, fire-related abilities|
Hot Stuff the Little Devil is a comic book character created by Warren Kremer who first appeared in Hot Stuff #1 (October 1957), published by Harvey Comics. Imbued with a mischievous personality and able to produce fire, Hot Stuff appears as a red child devil who wears a diaper (said to be made of asbestos) and carries a magical sentient pitchfork (referred to as his "trusty trident"), which is a character in its own right. Much to the consternation of his demonic brethren, Hot Stuff sometimes performs good deeds to irritate them.
Created and first drawn by Warren Kremer, Hot Stuff has appeared in at least eight comic book titles including Hot Stuff Sizzlers (from 1960), Devil Kids Starring Hot Stuff (from 1962), and Hot Stuff Creepy Caves (from 1974) as well and multiple back-up stories from 1957 to 1982, 1986 to 1991, and with some later publications briefly during the 1990s. The character has not been published in comics since then.
Warren Kremer and Howard Post were the artists who helped define the look of Hot Stuff, drawing many comic book covers and stories over the years. Ernie Colón was another major comics artist who drew Hot Stuff.
Unlike the other main characters in the Harvey universe like Casper the Friendly Ghost, Spooky and Wendy the Good Little Witch, who crossed over into one another's stories, Hot Stuff was written with a strong tendency to remain separate, in his own world. However, there still are a few instances, even though they are very rare where Spooky, Casper and Wendy do cross paths with him. Despite this, there are other much more firmer characters that frequented Hot Stuff's universe. These characters include Stumbo the Giant (created by Warren Kremer and Larz Bourne) as a back-up in Hot Stuff in 1957, Katnip the cat, Herman the mouse and Princess Charma who was a good fairy. Whenever, they appeared though they seemed to annoy Hot Stuff somewhat and at times even make him very mad. Although without them there would be no character interaction and no one for Hot Stuff to talk to.
Legacy and influence
Hot Stuff the Little Devil is the unofficial emblem for the 108th Field Battery, Royal Australian Artillery and 407 Long Range Patrol Squadron of the Canadian Forces. It is also the mascot for Dysart High School located in El Mirage, Arizona,, Eagle Valley High School located in Gypsum, Colorado, and Lindhurst High School located in Olivehurst, California., a blue version of Hot Stuff is the logo for Fort Morgan Middle School located in Fort Morgan, Colorado. He is the mascot of Joey Harrison's Surf Club in Seaside Heights, NJ.
- Hot Stuff at Toonopedia
- 407 LRP Squadron hat, as sold by the 407 Squadron kit shop, with a modified Hot Stuff logo.
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