Throwback Thursday: Hot Stuff the Little Devil and Me

Welcome to this week’s “Throwback Thursday” installment. Today, we’re going to revisit a post that was originally published back on May 3, 2016 and has been revised.

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Way, way, way back when I was just a young tyke in the early 1960s, my Dad would periodically bring home comic books for me. Boy, I loved those comic books! My favorite titles were “Sad Sack” and “Hot Stuff the Little Devil,” both published by Harvey Comics (which also published the much more popular but corny “Casper the Friendly Ghost” and “Richie Rich” comic books).

Hot Stuff was a mischievous, diaper-clad, pitchfork-bearing, child-demon who enjoyed playing tricks on humans. He especially enjoyed riling the adult demons by occasionally doing good deeds.

So why would a parent buy a comic book about a playful demon for his very young child? I’m sure my Dad never even thought twice about it. My parents were members of the Roman Catholic church, and like most members of that church, they compartmentalized religion and everyday life. Religion was something you did one day a week: go to mass on Sunday and receive holy communion and then go home and somewhat try to live a “good” life until next Sunday. Absolutely no time was spent in God’s Word during the week. If my parents owned a Bible I never saw it. I don’t remember my parents ever praying, out-loud or privately. No one had a “personal, saving relationship with Jesus Christ.” That kind of talk was only for backwoods Bible Belt-ers who took their religion WAY too seriously. Buying a comic book about a naughty, young demon for a young child was perfectly fine in that milieu of religious unbelief. Even back then, the culture was inundated with movies and television shows about witches, vampires, ghosts, etc. Jesus was not real to many people back then, just like He’s not real to many today. People flock in droves to entertainment that focuses on spiritual darkness for the adrenaline rush, but they don’t want to give one second of their time to the Light.

“And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” – John 3:19-21

If I had young children, I definitely would not buy them comic books extolling demons, but maybe that playful little comic character was one of the many influences the Holy Spirit used in my life to eventually draw me to my Savior, Jesus Christ. If there are demons and a Hell, then there is a God and a Heaven. When people think of demons, they generally think of the stereotypical horned ogres, but the Bible says Satan appears as an angel of light. His servants appear as righteous ministers (e.g., Roman Catholic priests), but they peddle a spiritually deadly false gospel of works-righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:12-15).

Note: Hot Stuff was created by Illustrator, Warren Kremer, and first appeared in Hot Stuff #1 published by Harvey Comics in October 1957.

11 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: Hot Stuff the Little Devil and Me

  1. Wow, this resounds with me! Firstly, I now remember my own parents, similar to yours, going to Armenian Church once a week, not knowing the Lord. They bought us an Oujia Board! We loved Bewitched, my sister tried to twitch her nose and do witchcraft!
    Secondly, I am now reading Martyn Lloyd Jones, ‘The Christian Warfare”. The book has much focus on our enemy, Satan.
    “The devil is at his very cleverest when he persuades people that there is no devil” Lloyd Jones describes how modern man, so smart, looks upon the devil as a joke, a cartoon character not worthy to consider.
    Thanks for the Throw back Tom!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa Beth! Yes, my sisters and I enjoyed all of the occult entertainments of that era including the TV shows, the ouija board, and the fortune-telling Magic 8-Ball!

      Your comments on MLJ’s “The Christian Warfare” are so relevant to this post. I was thoroughly blessed by MLJ’s “Studies in the Sermon on the Mount” and I’m regularly blessed by his sermons via the MLJ Trust app on my iPhone.

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      1. “Occult entertainment” – what a laugh/cry oxymoron! I forgot about that Magic 8 Ball!
        I gain so much from MLJ, I’m thinking of making a Recommended Reading page on my blog to encourage others toward his books.
        Have a good day brother!

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      2. Yes, every believer would benefit by reading/listening to MLJ. His refusal to compromise with ecumenism is an inspiration to me.

        Thanks, sister, and have a good day, too!

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  2. Love this post for its insight into the past! Even though it is not fully biblical I think it seems entertainment for kids were so much more tame than things today; but still, its concerning. I’m glad also God saved you and your description of Catholic upbringing makes me wish to share the Gospel to more Catholics in my area

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    1. Thanks! I appreciate all of the good comments! Yes, things have certainly changed in regards to children’s entertainment since the early-60s. Hot Stuff isn’t even a blip on the radar compared to what kids are regularly fed today.

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