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Make way for the Fat Fury! The unlikeliest superhero of all time makes his mark in this new Dark Horse archival series. Coming from the strange, wry imagination of classic comics scribe Richard Hughes (writing as Shane O'Shea) and artist Odgen Whitney, Herbie Popnecker looks like a plump lump, but with his collection of supernatural lollipops, there is pretty much nothing that he can't do.
* Herbie Archives Volume One is the first of a new archive series collecting the finest works of 1960s comics publisher ACG.
* Herbie Archives Volume 1 collects the earliest appearances of Herbie, as he battles monsters, bends time and space, and gets the better of Fidel Castro! Herbie is a delightfully weird, all-ages barrel of laughs!
This archive edition collects the Herbie stories from Unknown Worlds and Forbidden Worlds, as well as the first five issues of the Herbie comic book.
Mar 17, 2013
Gary Perlman from Westmount, QC
While these stories are the first appearances of Herbie, I do not think they are the best introduction to the plump lump. In his five appearances in Forbidden Worlds, Herbie was evolving, and nowhere is this more apparent than in Herbie comic #1, in which he looks and talks differently in the two stories. Also, the Fat Fury, Herbie's costume superhero persona does not appear until Herbie #8, so don't look for him here in Herbie Archives Volume 1. I think that Herbie Archives Volume 2 might be a better introduction, and storywise, Volume 3 might be a better second choice. In the context of the whole series, Volume 1 might be the most interesting to readers of the whole series, because of the evolution.
But wait, I haven't written anything about Herbie, the obese son of self-pitying Pincus Popnecker, a business failure but even bigger parenting failure who -- unaware of his son's great powers and world fame, throughout history -- refers to his offspring as a little fat nothing. Herbie derives his powers from lollipops, some supernatural, but it's not clear where Herbie's fame comes from. Herbie is loved by women around the world, quickening the heart rates of Jackie Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth, and women throughout history (oh, didn't I mention that Herbie can travel in time?) like Napoleon's Josephine, Robin Hood's Maid Marion, and Christopher Columbus's Queen Isabella. Like Mr. Peabody, Herbie goes back in time to debunk history, and Herbie always plays a major role, helping Washington create America, lending a hand to Lincoln in a near-psychotic recollection by Herbie's dad. Warning: not all these events happened in Herbie Archives Volume 1, but in my defense, reading Herbie makes time a vague concept.