Today is another installment of my ongoing series of posts, Oddball Super Heroes. Today I'm going to begin a series on some obscure heroes from publishers other than Marvel or DC.
For good or ill, the comic book industry is mostly identified with super heroes, well-chiseled men and beautifully curved women in bright costumes wielding amazing powers or employing astonishing gimmicks in the battle against villainous forces both garish and grotesque.
There were comics like Herbie.
On the other hand, Herbie could:
- talk to animals (who all know him by name)
- fly at high enough speeds to quickly travel to other galaxies (by walking through the sky)
- become invisible
- cast spells and summon spirits from other dimensions
- quickly dispatch his enemies with apparent ease
- travel through time.
Herbie is known by everyone including current world leaders and historical figures. However, his own parents are clueless to their son's special talents. His father, Pincus Popnecker, is particularly harsh towards Herbie, often calling him "little fat nothing" and wishes he had a son who "did something".
During the course of Herbie's title, our hero decided to become a costumed super hero, the Fat Fury. Well, it was the 1960's, Batman was on TV and everybody was trying to get into the super hero game.
The adventures of the Fat Fury were basically the adventures of Herbie except now Herbie was decked out on in full-body red underwear, a blue cape, a blue plastic mask, and a plunger on his head. Herbie's dim witted dad wished his "fat little nothing of a son could be more like the Fat Fury." The Fat Fury was featured in Herbie's book in the even numbered issues between 8 and 22.
Herbie and his corpulent crimson costumed counterpart may have made for some very oddball comic book characters, these comics are fondly remembered for wild, inventive storytelling, a wicked sense of humor and some pretty good art from Ogden Whitney.
Next week, another fat super hero with a short shelf life and the weirdest powers ever.
In the meantime, another new post is up tomorrow. Until then, remember to be good to one another.