The Heritage Auctions blog talks about Showcase #4 (Barry Allen’s first appearance) and its significance as the start of the Silver Age. The highest-grade copy known to exist (CGC 9.6) is going on auction in May.
In this battle sequence from Flash v.1 #277 (September 1979), the Flash finds a way to stop the Mirror Master using nothing but a storeroom full of chocolate bars. And no, it’s not a Hostess ad, though it’s around the time those were appearing.
If you read DC or Marvel comics during the late 1970s or early 1980s, or if you’ve read back issues from that era, chances are that you’ve seen the super-hero ads for Hostess cupcakes, Twinkies, etc. These were done as 1-page stories in which a low-rent villain would appear as a menace. Then a super-hero would arrive, and somehow use snack cakes to defeat the villain.
You know, now that I think about it, the subtext of the Flash helping The Destroyer fight off his depression by eating junk food is disturbingly reminiscent of the Golden Age Flash providing “happiness pills” to the Worry Wart.
Sadly, the Destroyer didn’t share the Flash’s hyper-accelerated metabolism.
Speaking of NSFW commentary and disturbing implications, there’s also Super Stupor’s take on the campaign.