Friday, January 24, 2020


Arguably the greatest hero in comics ever, I am not talking about the Fantastic Four's HERBIE or even Herbie the Love Bug, but rather Herbie Popnecker, the "fat little nothing", according to his father but Alan Moore's (yes, that Alan Moore) favorite superhero. Some critics have speculated that Moore based the speech pattern of Rorschach in Watchmen on Herbie's speech. Herbie premiered in 1957 and continued in various titles until 1967.

Herbie took the traditional superhero strip and turned it on its head. Instead of a muscular physique, he was rotund and  short of speech, able to fly by "walking", gained powers by licking lollypops, could talk to animals and known to every world leader. Quite absurdist for the era and well worth a read if you can find them. 

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