Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Herbie Comes Back - The Fat Nothing Seems to Be Something

Herbie Popnecker...the little fat boy who could!

After making his debut quietly in ACG's Forbidden Worlds #73, the fan boy populace was apparently made up of the same demographic in 1958 as it is now, and they clamoured for more. More of this subtley sly humor feature popping up in the midst of theis sci-fi adventures, in #94 of the same title.

Assumedly there is something very relatable about this little nothing who secretly knows he has powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. But I think there's something more than just that marketers breakdown of the appeal of this cult favorite.

I just can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe I'll learn by reading more...

There's analysis aplenty out there of our stubby little hero that no one seems (at least in his own household) seems to appreciate. Check out this breakdown of abilities Herbie would, over time display.

But the charm of this guy is far and away beyond any listing of his abilities. There's something very drawing to this little chub-pack. I guess we'll just have to read on...more tomorrow.

Since Bob Wills took a stab at this little Fred rose tune that seems to be a Nostradamus like prediction of what was to come...Willie Nelson tried his hand at it just a few years before The Fat Fury made the scene...

Eerie, huh? Not really.

Talk to you soon.


Mykal Banta said...

Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys!!! Man, we are on the same wavelength, my friend. San Antonio Rose lives!

Jeff Overturf said...

Texas Swing!! Is THE Thing!!!

Sam A. Robrin said...

A "creep" is a strange name for...whatever that dorky-looking creature from the Unknown is. I suspect it was a last-minute change at the insistence of the Comics Code--notice there's more than the usual amount of space around the word whenever it appears. I suspect it was originally a ghoul, or perhaps even a redrawn vampire; both were prohibited by the CCA.

Jeff Overturf said...

Methinks you're on to something there. The 60's were a strange time for language...he might have been called a "Groovy Creep" for all that matters.

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