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Created: 2005-10-13     Updated: 2012-08-31  
Examples: 55     Links: 135  

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This page shows the "splash pages" from the first page of all 52 Herbie stories. There are five stories from Forbidden Worlds + 46 stories from 23 Herbie comics + 3 non-Hughes/Whitney stories from the 1990s + a cameo appearance in Unknown Worlds #20 in 1962.

Not included: 3 two-page text stories in the Herbie #1 to #3; a two-page story in Herbie #13 ("The Hard Day of Murgatroyd Minch!") about a skinny fan who wants to be just like the Fat Fury. There are notes about the subjects of the stories (such as Herbie being virtuous, in love, or playing sports), villains, and notable character appearances. All Herbie stories have been cataloged with all sorts of details, which are now included on this page (story summary and notes).

Index terms: splash pages, story titles, Richard E. Hughes, Shane O'Shea, Ogden Whitney, stories, synopsis, summary, notes

"Herbie's Quiet Saturday Afternoon!"
8 pages   28 examples   (3.5 / page)
Themes: Chontuk and GloobleListed in Forbidden Worlds #114 as an all-time favorite of the editors (the "editors" consisted of just Richard E. Hughes).
Source: Forbidden Worlds #73 (1958-12)
Updated: 2008-11-27
Reprint Herbie #23 (1967-02)
Themes: Chontuk and Glooble Listed in Forbidden Worlds #114 as an all-time favorite of the editors (the "editors" consisted of just Richard E.
Summary: Herbie's father thinks his son will never amount to anything or do anything. Herbie goes to the zoo where he takes on a tiger. Then, he saves Senator Stevens who is lost at sea. Finally, he stops an alien invasion.
Notes: This story is the first appearance of Herbie and features his peculiar way of flying and his ability to talk to animals and aliens. Herbie looks and talks differently in this pre-Herbie series story. Herbie's pants are a slightly different blue than the rest of the Herbie stories. Corrected in reprint in #23b.
"Herbie and the Spirits!"
12 pages   34 examples   (2.8 / page)
Source: Forbidden Worlds #94 (1961-03)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Reprint Herbie #17 (1966-04)
Themes: School ; The Unknown ; Witch, Ghost, Creep, Frankenstein
Summary: Herbie is the new kid in school. He proves his bravery by going to a haunted house. Supernatural beings (a witch, a ghost, a creep, and Frankenstein) cause havoc, but prove to be no match for Herbie, his lollipops, or his magic.
Notes: Herbie looks and talks differently in this pre-Herbie series story. In this story, Herbie's pants are brown; in all other original stories, they were blue. Corrected in reprint in #17b.
"1,000 Years Ago in 1962!"
14 pages  
Themes: Out of Character AppearanceSplash page features drawings of Ogden Whitney (thought to be accurate) and Shane O'Shea (not accurate, because Richard E. Hughes secretly wrote under several pen names, although Hughes did smoke a pipe)
Source: Unknown Worlds #20 (1962-12)
Updated: 2012-04-23
Themes: Out of Character Appearance Splash page features drawings of Ogden Whitney (thought to be accurate) and Shane O'Shea (not accurate, because Richard E.
Notes: This is a science fiction story in which Herbie makes a brief appearance as a boy scout. He is not in character and has no special powers. The story is credited to Shane O'Shea (Richard E. Hughes) and art to Ogden Whitney, both of whom are pictured by their names on the splash page. Since Hughes wrote all ACG stories, pictures of any pseudonyms were made up, but the drawing of Whitney is thought to be accurate.
"Herbie and the Sneddiger's Salad Oil"
10 pages   34 examples   (3.4 / page)
Themes: Help Mom; Space Adventure; Frenchy Horowitz Listed in Forbidden Worlds #114 as an all-time favorite of the editors.
Source: Forbidden Worlds #110 (1963-03)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Help Mom ; Space Adventure ; Frenchy Horowitz Listed in Forbidden Worlds #114 as an all-time favorite of the editors.
Summary: Aliens from space have stolen Earth's entire supply of Sneddiger's Salad Oil, and Herbie's mother needs a bottle.
Notes: Noted as one of Editor's top 20 stories in Forbidden Worlds #114 (September 1963, before the Herbie series started).
"A Little Fat Nothing Named Herbie!"
14 pages   44 examples   (3.1 / page)
Themes: Patriotic; Karod
Source: Forbidden Worlds #114 (1963-09)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Patriotic ; Karod
Summary: JFK and Adlai Stevenson need Herbie's help in Africa. Jackie Kennedy swoons as Herbie visits the Whitehouse. In the African province of Meranga, Herbie faces the god, Karod, who Herbie defeats by summoning the animals of the jungle.
"Herbie Goes to the Devil!"
13 pages   58 examples   (4.5 / page)
Source: Forbidden Worlds #116 (1963-11)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Help Dad ; Satan, Frankenstein, Dracula
Summary: Satan is getting fewer souls every year so he boasts that he will deliver a randomly chosen one: Herbie's. Herbie agrees to a deal with the Devil to help his dad, and after consultation on contracts, Herbie reluctantly agrees to go to Hades. Hades would never be the same!
Notes: On page 2, Satan chooses a soul by throwing a dart at a map. The map implies that Herbie lives in the midwest USA, in Nebraska or Kansas. On page 10, Herbie's stare melts Frankenstein and Dracula, during which the two plead for help; their words are too small for the balloons and in a different lettering style, suggesting that different words were changed at the last minute.
"Herbie and the Dragon's Tears!"
13 pages   52 examples   (4.0 / page)
Source: Herbie #1a (1964-04)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Patriotic , Time Travel
Summary: President Johnson needs Herbie's help to beat Russia into space. Herbie goes back in time to Medieval England. He gets into a magic contest with Merlin the Magician before pursuing his real goal of bringing back the base for a miraculous rocket fuel: dragon's tears.
Notes: First story in which Herbie travels in time.
"Herbie Beards Castro!"
12 pages   71 examples   (5.9 / page)
Source: Herbie #1b (1964-04)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Patriotic ; Fidel Castro
Summary: Herbie's family goes to Florida to see Sonny Liston box. Herbie ends up boxing Liston to help win money to the ransom of the kidnapped head of the Cuban underground. Ultimately, Herbie has to go to Cuba to rescue the prisoner personally.
"Herbie and the Purloined Pops!"
12 pages   54 examples   (4.5 / page)
Source: Herbie #2a (1964-06)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Lollipops ; Man in the Cloak
Summary: The Man in the Cloak is stealing all the lollipops so Herbie investigates. Closing in on the gangster, Herbie is mistaken for the villain and is questioned by a Senate committee that sends him to jail. To set things straight, Herbie breaks out of jail, tracks and stares down the real criminal into confessing.
Notes: On page 8, the writers for Horrible Science Fiction discuss a plot much like a typical Herbie scene. Perhaps Richard Hughes is depicted as the writer pitching the story.
"What You Need is a Girl, Herbie!"
12 pages   33 examples   (2.8 / page)
Themes: Time Travel; Love
Source: Herbie #2b (1964-06)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Time Travel ; Love
Summary: Herbie decides to get a girlfriend. A beauty uses Herbie to make her boyfriend jealous. Herbie wants to impress her and goes back in time to get her a pet dinosaur, Cinderella's glass slippers, and Marie Antoinette's jewels, only to find out that he is unwanted. Fortunately, there's always lollipops.
Notes: When looking over the field, Herbie dislikes any traits like his (fat, glasses). To get Cinderella's shoes, Herbie uses a magic lollipop to enlarge a Mother Goose book that he walks into. The story contains a parody of the mirror scene from I Love Lucy with Lucy and Harpo Marx, only with Herbie and Marie Antoinette.
"Herbie and the Loch Ness Monster!"
12 pages   53 examples   (4.4 / page)
Source: Herbie #3a (1964-08)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Patriotic ; The Unknown ; Loch Ness Monster
Summary: While visiting his grandfather (who is an older version of Herbie), Herbie hears a radio news report of a rampage by the Loch Ness Monster. Herbie walks across the Atlantic Ocean floor to meet Churchill and offer his help. Herbie visits the Unknown to find the monster's weaknesses, only to find that it's won the championship for tough monsters for 400 years. Still, it's no contest and Queen Elizabeth knights Herbie the Duke of Popnecker.
Notes: Grandpa appears in #3, #18, and #22 and is one of many characters who happen to look just like Herbie. Because Herbie has lookalike ancestors on both parents' sides, it is unknown if Grandpa is Herbie's mother's or father's father.
"Popnecker Saves the Poorhouse!"
12 pages   56 examples   (4.7 / page)
Source: Herbie #3b (1964-08)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Dad's Ideas ; Tinkelberry and Obsendorfer
Summary: Herbie's father collects a fortune for the poorhouse only to have it stolen by scoundrels. Herbie saves the day.
"Big Fat Mess at the Okay Corral!"
15 pages   55 examples   (3.7 / page)
Source: Herbie #4a (1964-09)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Time Travel ; Indian Chief ; Wyatt Earp
Summary: Herbie goes back in time to get the shotgun Doc Holliday used in the Battle of the Okay Corral.
Notes: Traveling back in time, Herbie gets stuck around his house and sees himself as a baby, being adored by his parents; Herbie head looks the same, with bowl haircut, glasses, those eyes, and he is sucking on a lollipop.
"Professor Flipdome's Screwy Machine!"
9 pages   33 examples   (3.7 / page)
Themes: Professor Flipdome
Source: Herbie #4b (1964-09)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Professor Flipdome
Summary: Herbie's neighbor, Professor Flipdome, transports Herbie and his father to Miniturea, where everyone has a miniature twin, even Herbie.
Notes: This is the first story featuring Herbie's eccentric neighbor, Professor Flipdome. He is featured in Herbie #4, #9, and #20, makes a cameo appearance in #15, and is mentioned in #19.
"Sahib Herbie!"
13 pages   67 examples   (5.2 / page)
Source: Herbie #5a (1964-10)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: School ; Patriotic ; Lastoza
Summary: At school, Herbie is assigned to report on his biggest adventure. He is then called to the United Nations by Secretary-General U Thant to stop a Communist threat to India through the Principality of Hanki-Panki. Herbie catches a rocket to China, drops worms (left over from fishing) into Mao's mouth, and uses his many abilities (including his legendary allure to women) to stop communism from getting a foothold, When he returns to his class, Herbie reports that he is too fat to have adventures.
"Herbie, Boy 'Beetle!'"
10 pages   56 examples   (5.6 / page)
Source: Herbie #5b (1964-10)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Herbie Helps ; Man with Big Red Nose
Summary: Popcorn is making movie-goers whistle from their ears. Herbie's investigation leads him to a Beetles concert, and Herbie becomes a rock star (Eibreh Rekcenpop), who even Herbie's mother thinks is divine. Herbie finds out that a jealous man with a red nose is breaking up performances with Martin and Sinatra with special popcorn.
Notes: To look like the famous mop-tops, Herbie wears a mop-top, with a prominent metal clip. Eibreh Rekcenpop is Herbie Popnecker, backwards.
"A Caveman Named Herbie!"
12 pages   61 examples   (5.1 / page)
Source: Herbie #6a (1964-12)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: School ; Time Travel ; Trelawney Hambone ; Love ; Ticklepuss
Summary: Herbie's teacher says that cavemen were stupid, but Herbie disagrees. An actor thinks cavemen had slicked-back hair and wore monocles, but Herbie thinks that is not authentic. He goes back in time to prove his point and meets Ticklepuss, a female version of Herbie. Herbie takes Ticklepuss' brother, Bumbum, back to the present and proves himself right. Herbie's teacher falls in love with Bumbum, and Herbie has a nightmare about being chased by Ticklepuss.
Notes: Ticklepuss returns in Herbie #10 (June-July 1965).
"Space-Age Herbie!"
11 pages   41 examples   (3.7 / page)
Source: Herbie #6b (1964-12)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Dad's Ideas ; Space Adventure ; Dr.
Summary: Herbie's father opens a balloon company, but his balloons do not fly. Herbie gets a job with Dr. Dimwit, who has discovered Planet Percival, where lollipops have uplifting powers.
"Good Old Peepwhistle!"
Story: Shane O'Shea, who else?
Art: Ogden Whitney, of course!
(first issue the credits are spiced up)
13 pages   57 examples   (4.4 / page)
Themes: School; Baseball
Source: Herbie #7a (1965-02)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: School ; Baseball
Summary: After graduation from P.S. 45, Herbie sets his sights on his father's old school, Peepwhistle Prep. Herbie pledges his father's fraternity, Tappa Kegga Koke, and passes all the tests, but is still not admitted. With Peepwhistle Prep in financial ruin, Herbie helps them strike it rich with oil.
Notes: Page 4 contains a reference to Herbie Popneckner, an error attributed in #13 "Here's Herbie!" (letters) to "crazy mixed-up letterer Ed Hamilton". (Ed Hamilton is listed as an ACG letterer 1961-62 on p. 136 of "Forbidden Adventures" by Michael Vance.)
"High Spirits!"
Story: Real funny, by Shane O'Shea
Art: Ogden Whitney (How that man can draw!)
11 pages   47 examples   (4.3 / page)
Source: Herbie #7b (1965-02)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: The Unknown ; Joe Gidgy, Hortense, McWitch, Eric the Red ; Captain Skullbones
Summary: The Unknown is over-crowded and four inhabitants come down to Earth to haunt a mansion, just purchased by Herbie's dad. Herbie takes care of them one by one.
"Make Way for the Fat Fury!"
Story: ... and what a story ... Shane O'Shea
Art: ... and what art ... Ogden Whitney
15 pages   61 examples   (4.1 / page)
Prime Example: Themes: Fat Fury; Mr. Horrible; Patriotic; Hero School
Source: Herbie #8a (1965-03)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Prime Example : Themes: Fat Fury; Mr.
Summary: The giant Mr. Horrible is a one-man crime wave, leaving Senator Goldwater and President Johnson at wits end. To help out, Herbie enrolls in a superhero school to become a licensed costume hero. Herbie did not graduate, and when his father threatened to become a costume hero, Herbie created the Fat Fury. Not a licensed, graduate hero, but he'd do. He wore red flannel underwear, a blue cape, a blue mask and a plunger on his head. The Fat Fury rescues the Statue of Liberty and defeats Mr. Horrible.
Notes: Origin of the Fat Fury. Story title matches the tagline at top of Herbie comic covers.
"George Washington's Teeth!"
Who wrote it? Shane O'Shea
Who made with the art? Ogden Whitney
9 pages   48 examples   (5.3 / page)
Source: Herbie #8b (1965-03)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Time Travel ; Patriotic
Summary: Herbie goes back in time to settle a dispute about how the US Revolutionary War started.
"Lookit All the Herbies!"
Story: An O'Shea blue plate special
Art: Whitney ... Real classy like
13 pages   47 examples   (3.6 / page)
Themes: Professor Flipdome; Football; Swami O'Toole
Source: Herbie #9a (1965-04)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Reprint A+ #5 (1991)
Themes: Professor Flipdome; Football ; Swami O'Toole
Summary: Herbie's neighbor, Professor Flipdome, creates the Automatic Imitator, which creates many duplicates of Herbie. Swami O'Toole breaks out of prison and tries to use Herbie's love of lollipops against him, but Herbie's doubles come to the rescue.
"Only Robin Hood Can Help You, Herbie!"
Great Plot by Shane O'Shea
Cool Art by Ogden Whitney
11 pages   65 examples   (5.9 / page)
Source: Herbie #9b (1965-04)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Patriotic ; Time Travel ; Sheriff of Nottingham ; Witch from Hades
Summary: Herbie's dad thinks Herbie is a great archer and enters him in the Robin Hood Tournament. Herbie goes back in time to get Robin Hood's bow.
"Plump Lump vs. Black Whack!"
Story: "Stranger, The Name's Shane O'Shea!"
Art: "Just Li'l Ol' Me -- Ogden Whitney!"
16 pages   58 examples   (3.6 / page)
Themes: Dad's Ideas; Fat Fury; Black Whack
Source: Herbie #10a (1965-06)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Dad's Ideas ; Fat Fury; Black Whack
Summary: Herbie's dad has fallen on hard times, so Herbie gets him a job selling bowling balls. Problem is, the bowling balls hypnotize people into giving up their money, but not Herbie. Herbie's dad is arrested as the mastermind, but the Fat Fury clears his name by finding the real Black Whack.
"Ticklepuss Rides Again!"
Wotta Story! ... Shane O'Shea
and What Art! ... Ogden Whitney
9 pages   52 examples   (5.8 / page)
Source: Herbie #10b (1965-06)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Dad's Ideas ; Love ; Ticklepuss ; Mayor
Summary: Herbie has a nightmare of the return of Ticklepuss, his stone age female double. His dad buys a house next to an excavation that opens up an old cave with a pterodactyl and a cave girl.
Notes: Ticklepuss first appeared in "A Caveman Named Herbie" in Herbie #6 (January 1965) and is one of the only repeat characters besides Herbie's immediate family.
"Beware of the B-Bomb, Buster!"
Story: -Writ by Shane O'Shea (who admits he's scared of Herbie)
Art: - Drew by Ogden Whitney (who won't admit it, but is even scareder!)
15 pages   69 examples   (4.6 / page)
Source: Herbie #11a (1965-08)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Patriotic ; Lovely Horowitz, Mr.
Summary: Secret agent X-413½ has stolen the plans to the B-bomb, which gets its mighty power from beans. LBJ and Adlai Stevenson enlist the help of Herbie, who gets on the trail of Lovely Horowitz. To explain his absence, Adlai Stevenson tells Herbie's dad he will be at a camp for little fat nothings.
Notes: Includes a 4th-wall-breaking recounting of American history by Herbie's dad in which Herbie climb's into the story's thought balloon while an appreciative statue of Abraham Lincoln looks on. Possibly the best sequence in Herbie History.
"Christopher Columbus Popnecker!"
Crazy story by Shane O'Shea
Art even crazier... Ogden Whitney
10 pages   34 examples   (3.4 / page)
Source: Herbie #11b (1965-08)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Lollipops ; Time Travel
Summary: Herbie goes back in time to get Christopher Columbus' autograph. Herbie learns that the world is not round, after all, but still helps Columbus discover America.
"Good Gosh, the Gorilla!"
16 pages   51 examples   (3.2 / page)
Themes: Fat Fury; Gorilla, Mr. Molecule
Source: Herbie #12a (1965-09)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Fat Fury; Gorilla, Mr.
Summary: Chick Beeple's circus is being attacked by a gorilla. Herbie wants to repay an old favor and the Fat Fury is soon there to help.
Notes: Shows flashback to Herbie as a baby being given a lollipop pacifier.
"Pincus Popnecker, Private Eye!"
Art: Ogden (himself) Whitney
Story: adapted from the first prize fan story submitted by Richard Roesberg of New Jersey.
In the Here's Herbie! section, the top three prize winners are listed, along with the next five winners of a subscription.
10 pages   44 examples   (4.4 / page)
Source: Herbie #12b (1965-09)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Dad's Ideas ; Fat ; Fat Thief
Summary: Someone's stealing all the fat in town and Herbie's dad becomes a private eye to solve the crime and get the reward.
"Pirate Gold!"
Story: Shane (wotta writer) O'Shea
Art: Ogden (wotta artist) Whitney
13 pages   58 examples   (4.5 / page)
Source: Herbie #13a (1965-10)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Dad's Ideas ; Time Travel ; Black Bottomley
Summary: Herbie's father wants to be president of the Men's Club, and fund-raising looks like the way to get there. Herbie helps him set up a concession to sell fake pirate gold at the town charity fair, but needs to go back in time to get real gold when the fake gold does not sell.
"Mom's New Coat!"
Story masterpiece by Shane O'Shea
Beautiful-type art by Ogden Whitney
10 pages   45 examples   (4.5 / page)
Themes: Help Mom; Penguin
Source: Herbie #13b (1965-10)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Help Mom ; Penguin
Summary: Herbie's mom wants a new coat, but Herbie has no money. He goes up north to find a fur coat.
Notes: Technically, there are no penguins in the arctic.
"Gangway For the Three Musketeers!"
14 pages   76 examples   (5.4 / page)
Themes: Fat Fury; Roderick Bump
Source: Herbie #14a (1965-12)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Fat Fury; Roderick Bump
Summary: Roderick Bump is an unsuccessful scientist who, after blowing up 327 homes of his parents, goes out to make his living. He creates defective superheroes: Moronman, Garbageman, Halfaman, Monkeyman, Pigman, Pizzaman, and Frogman who unleash a crime wave. Nemesis is called from the Adventures into the Unknown and Magicman from Forbidden Worlds, but they are quickly frozen solid. The Fat Fury comes to the rescue and the superheroes combine forces.
"Herbie Claus is Coming to Town!"
Story: Shane O'Shea Claus
Art: Ogden Whitney Claus
12 pages   60 examples   (5.0 / page)
Themes: Help Santa
Source: Herbie #14b (1965-12)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Reprint A+ #3 (1990)
Themes: Help Santa
Summary: Santa is injured but Herbie comes to the rescue and delivers all the presents.
"Call Me Schlemiehl!"
17 pages   95 examples   (5.6 / page)
Source: Herbie #15a (1966-02)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: School , Love , Patriotic ; Pud Bimbo, Schlemiehl-Eating Dinosaur ; Boxing, Swimming, Running, Jumping
Summary: Herbie meets Pud Bimbo, Dad's old roommate at Peepwhistle Prep, who reveals that Herbie's father was once a little fat nothing like Herbie. Dad challenges Pud, and the two compete at athletics (Dad, with Herbie's help).
Notes: Schlemiel is German for "fool". Schlemiel or shlemiel is Yiddish for a dolt who is a habitual bungler, an inept, clumsy person.
"Herbie Goes Nap-Happy!"
9 pages   47 examples   (5.2 / page)
Source: Herbie #15b (1966-02)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Time Travel ; The Unknown ; Director of the Unknown
Summary: Herbie, a mortal, is not supposed to be getting magical lollipops from the Unknown. To get rid of him, Herbie is slipped a time lollipop that does not require a grandfather clock, but unknown to him, it's a one-way time lollipop. When Herbie goes back in time to Napoleon, it takes some ingenuity and patience to get back.
"Don't Mess Around With the Fat Fury!"
16 pages   81 examples   (5.1 / page)
Themes: Patriotic; Fat Fury; Foo-Manchoo
Source: Herbie #16a (1966-03)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Patriotic ; Fat Fury; Foo-Manchoo
Summary: Red China has sent a two-headed spy to destroy arsenals, steal military secrets, and worse. The Fat Fury meets his toughest opponent ever.
Notes: Story ends with note of a future story that never happened: "Oh-oh... Foo-Manchoo still lives! and he's due back in a future issue in a scream story you'll never forget!"
"It's Love, Lover!"
Shane O'Shea wrote dis, and
Ogden Whitney drewed it!
9 pages   51 examples   (5.7 / page)
Themes: Love; Lollipops
Source: Herbie #16b (1966-03)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Love ; Lollipops
Summary: Hepzibah Higgins won Herbie in a raffle and intends to marry him. The skinny buck-toothed woman has big plans but Herbie is scared by her. Herbie does all he can to find an honorable way out, but it is not until she falls for another that Herbie is set free. Then, too late, Herbie finds out she is a lollipop heiress.
"Popnecker the Pilgrim!"
13 pages   64 examples   (4.9 / page)
Source: Herbie #17a (1966-04)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Help Mom ; Time Travel
Summary: Herbie's family owes money dating back to the Mayflower. Herbie travels back in time to set things straight.
"Herbie and the Spirits!"
12 pages  
Themes: The UnknownReprint of Forbidden Worlds No. 94 (1961)
Source: Herbie #17b (1966-04)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Reprint A+ #1 (1990)
Themes: The Unknown Reprint of Forbidden Worlds No.
Summary: Herbie is the new kid in school. He proves his bravery by going to a haunted house. Supernatural beings (a witch, a ghost, a creep, and Frankenstein) cause havoc, but prove to be no match for Herbie, his lollipops, or his magic.
Notes: Herbie looks and talks differently in this reprint of a pre-Herbie series story. In the reprint, his pants are Herbie blue, not brown.
"Calling All Cars! Bring In Fat Fury!"
Story: That O'Shea Brat.
Art: Mrs. Whitney's Boy Ogden.
13 pages   59 examples   (4.5 / page)
Themes: Patriotic; Lollipops; Fat Fury; Question Mark
Source: Herbie #18a (1966-06)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Patriotic ; Lollipops ; Fat Fury; Question Mark
Summary: Question Mark uses machines for every type of crime, but the Fat Fury foils his efforts. After 10,416 curses, Question Mark uses his Locate Things Machine to find the Fat Fury and his Source of His Powers Machine to discover that his Destroying All Lollipops machine will disable his adversary. Then Question Mark unleashes a Fat Fury (Phony Phat Phury) robot that everyone mistakes for our hero. Without his lollipops, the Fat Fury is helpless, but for the aid of a mouse he helped early in the story.
"Clear the Road For Skinny!"
Read this goofy story by Shane O'Shea...
and dig the crazy Ogden Whitney pictures!
(credits are read by snake)
13 pages   86 examples   (6.6 / page)
Source: Herbie #18b (1966-06)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Patriotic ; Help Dad ; Fat ; Pigturtles, Hissians
Summary: Herbie's father feels like a failure because he can't get Herbie to lose weight. Herbie enlists the help of President Johnson and Vice President Humphrey who call his father to Washington. Herbie's father can't understand why everyone seems to know Herbie: Governor Nelson Rockefeller, President Charles de Gaulle, and Queen Elizabeth. Johnson appoints Herbie's dad Ambassador to Hongadingia, with his first big job to end a war between the Hissians and the Pigturtles. Herbie becomes skinny after he is bit by a Hissian and his father becomes fat after he is bit by a Pigturtle.
"Race Through Space!"
Story: The stupendous O'Shea
Art: The miraculous Whitney
14 pages   66 examples   (4.7 / page)
Source: Herbie #19a (1966-08)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Dad's Ideas ; Space Adventure ; Black Bumby, Gimpflheimerian King
Summary: To win money to build a swimming pool, Herbie gets his father to enter a space race. When Herbie finds that his neighbor, Professor Flipdome is away, he builds his own rocket and gets his animal friends to power it. Herbie races Black Bumby, who does his best to stop Herbie's rocket.
"Egyptian Conniption!"
Story: Shane (Frankenstein) O'Shea
Art: Ogden (Dracula) Whitney
11 pages   44 examples   (4.0 / page)
Source: Herbie #19b (1966-08)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Help Dad ; Time Travel
Summary: Herbie's dad loves Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra and tells Herbie to get her. Herbie hears wrong and goes back in time to get the real Cleopatra, who falls in love with Dad.
Notes: Herbie sends Cleopatra back to her time by placing a lollipop-sucking dummy of her beloved in the time-traveling grandfather clock. Herbie never uses that clock again, but does travel in time with another clock (#21) and with a super special time lollipop that makes a propeller "sprong" out of his head (#23). The story ends with Dad winking at Herbie, which may be the most positive father-son gesture in the series.
"Pass a Piece of Pizza, Please!"
Story: Masterpiece by Shane O'Shea!
Art: Stroke of Genius by Ogden Whitney!
14 pages   60 examples   (4.3 / page)
Source: Herbie #20a (1966-09)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Fat Fury; The Unknown ; Dracula, Witch, Grim Reaper
Summary: On a suggestion by Herbie, the Grim Reaper sends Dracula down to Earth as a good will ambassador. After striking out with full-blooded women and having blood drawn instead of deposited at the blood bank, Dracula finds that what he really wants is pizza (although his staff prefer bagels). Only the Fat Fury can stop them.
"Adventure at the Center of the Earth!"
Story: You were expecting Hemingway?
Art: Rembrandt it ain't!
12 pages   64 examples   (5.3 / page)
Themes: School; Satan; Professor Flipdome
Source: Herbie #20b (1966-09)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Reprint A+ #5 (1991)
Themes: School ; Satan ; Professor Flipdome
Summary: Herbie's teacher Dr. Plumduffle is in danger of being forced to retire because he can't handle Butch Nelson. Herbie goes with his neighbor, Professor Flipdome, to the center of the earth in the professor's Squirm-Worm. After some misdirections, including Hades, they make it to the center where they find that there is an exact fire-breathing duplicate for everyone on the surface. Herbie returns with Dr. Plumduffle's duplicate, who teaches Butch Nelson a lesson.
"Yay, Team!"
Story: Amazing O'Shea
Art: Wonderful Whitney
14 pages   83 examples   (5.9 / page)
Source: Herbie #21a (1966-10)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: School ; Football , Help Dad ; Murgatroyd Wimpus
Summary: Herbie goes out for the Hassenpfeffer High football team, because Dad has locked up his lollipops.
"A Viking To Your Liking!"
Story: O'Shea
Art: Whitney
12 pages   67 examples   (5.6 / page)
Source: Herbie #21b (1966-10)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Dad's Ideas ; Time Travel ; The Unknown
Summary: Herbie's dad opens a roadside museum, but it's haunted by a Viking, Eric Shapiro. Herbie goes back in time to find out who made the Eric betray his shipmates. Herbie bops the culprit with his lollipop.
"Just Like Magic!"
Story: O'Shea
Art: Whitney
15 pages   80 examples   (5.3 / page)
Themes: Fat Fury; Magical Moe; Lollipops; Magic School
Source: Herbie #22a (1966-12)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Fat Fury; Magical Moe ; Lollipops ; Magic School
Summary: Magical Moe has arrived by bicycle from space and is wreaking havoc. When the Fat Fury tries to take him on, Magical Moe learns that he can take away the special properties of lollipops to disable the Fat Fury. Herbie goes to the Unknown with help from his animal friends and enrolls in the Academy of Magic and Hocus-Pocus. Herbie receives only half a diploma and returns to Earth where Fat Fury is half successful with his magic. Unable to stop Magical Moe, the plump lump drops in at a museum where he sees ancient lollipops, including hard-to-get cinnamon, a flavor so rare that Magical Moe had not removed its powers. Revived (even fatter and more furious than ever), the Fat Fury allega-poops it to Magical Moe.
"Almost a King!"
Story: One-Horse O'Shea
Art: Jitney McWhitney
11 pages   59 examples   (5.4 / page)
Source: Herbie #22b (1966-12)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Patriotic ; Love ; Noodleman, Square-Head, Sheik
Summary: Noodleman, Squarehead, and the Sheik invade a European country and Herbie is sent to defend it. After Herbie saves Ruritania, its Queen tricks Herbie into signing a marriage contract. Herbie tries everything to make himself unattractive, but it is only a new suitor who lets Herbie off the hook.
"Can You Bear It?"
Story: O'Shea? Oh, sure!
Art: Whitney? Every little bitney!
17 pages   75 examples   (4.4 / page)
Themes: Time Travel; LollipopsCompare the Whitney bear on this splash page to the Kurt Schaffenberger bear on the cover.
Source: Herbie #23a (1967-02)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Time Travel ; Lollipops Compare the Whitney bear on this splash page to the Kurt Schaffenberger bear on the cover.
Summary: Herbie receives some odd lollipops and his father tries one, only to be motivated to take away all Herbie's lollipops. Herbie escapes with his lollipop cabinet and hides in a bear cage at the zoo. The next day, the bear's miserable because bears are portrayed negatively. Herbie uses magic to allega-poop himself into a story book, but finds that bears deserve their image. He goes back in time to set up some positive images.
Notes: Last Herbie story by Hughes and Whitney.
"Herbie's Quiet Saturday Afternoon!"
No credits listed but frame is signed by Ogden Whitney.
8 pages  
Reprint of Forbidden Worlds No. 73 (December 1958)
Source: Herbie #23b (1967-02)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Reprint of Forbidden Worlds No.
Summary: Herbie's father thinks his son will never amount to anything or do anything. Herbie goes to the zoo where he takes on a tiger. Then, he saves Senator Stevens who is lost at sea. Finally, he stops an alien invasion.
Notes: This story is the first appearance of Herbie and features his peculiar way of flying and his ability to talk to animals and aliens. Herbie looks and talks differently in this pre-Herbie series story.
"The Most Beautiful Mom in the World!"
Words and pictures by John Byrne
8 pages   18 examples   (2.2 / page)
Themes: Help Dad
Source: Dark Horse Herbie #1 (1992)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: Help Dad
Summary: Mom takes on a career in television commercials and is sorely missed.
Notes: Colors different from original series. Herbie wears purple pants. Dad calls Herbie 'fat little nothing' instead of 'little fat nothing'.
"Alas Poor Carrot! & The Boobs of Avon"
Art & Story: Bob Burden
21 pages   19 examples   (0.9 / page)
Source: Flaming Carrot #31 (1994)
Updated: 2004-11-22
Themes: School ; Time Travel
Summary: Herbie and the Flaming Carrot go back in time to find out who wrote Shakespeare's plays and sonnets. Shakespeare turns out to be an aerobics instructor who goes by the name "Billy Bob" and who has come up with the ideas for Mr. Ed, Gilligan's Island, and Batman. Someone must have helped him write his masterpieces.
Notes: A two-part story.
"Pass the Puck, Herbie"
Story: Roger Broughton
Art: Dan Day
12 pages   22 examples   (1.8 / page)
Source: ACG Return of Herbie #1 (1996)
Updated: 2008-09-11
Themes: Dad's Ideas ; Hockey
Summary: Herbie's dad decides that Herbie should continue the family's hockey tradition. Herbie starts poorly, but helps his team win.
Notes: In a letter from the editor, Rob Brown, this story is described as being done by Roger Broughton and Dan and David Day several years earlier for the unpublished Herbie #3 from Dark Horse. In this story, Herbie's dad drives a Volkswagen Beetle, a possible reference to Disney's Herbie, the Love Bug. Herbie does not abbreviate his speech in this story, shows fear, and is called "fat little nothing" by his father instead of "little fat nothing". Herbie talks to a mouse in this story, but when he skates, he skates on ice instead of on air as in #14's "Herbie Claus is Coming to Town!"