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 most recent appearance of Hot Stuff was in 2009 with Casper the Friendly Ghost and Wendy the Good Little Witch, when a three-issue comic book miniseries was published by Arden Entertainment called Casper and the Spectrals.
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.
While Harvey Comics flagship characters Casper the Friendly Ghost, Spooky and Wendy the Good Little Witch often crossed over into each other's stories, Hot Stuff rarely appeared with them. Instead, the little devil would be featured with characters like Stumbo the Giant (created by Warren Kremer and Larz Bourne, and appeared in back-up stories in Hot Stuff comics in 1957), Katnip the cat, Herman the mouse and good fairy Princess Charma. While they often tended to annoy or anger Hot Stuff, their appearances served to further develop Hot Stuff's character.
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.
On April 16, 2014, it was reported that DreamWorks Animation is developing a live-action/CGI film based on the character with Wendy and Lizzy Mollynuez set to write it. It will be the first DreamWorks Animation film to use live-action and computer-animation. It will be the second DreamWorks animated film to feature characters from the Classic Media library, first was Mr. Peabody & Sherman.
- Kit, Borys (April 16, 2014). "DreamWorks Hires 'Bob's Burgers' Duo to Write 'Hot Stuff' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- Hot Stuff at Toonopedia
- 407 LRP Squadron hat, as sold by the 407 Squadron kit shop, with a modified Hot Stuff logo.