I’m back from the comic shop this week and I got three new comics plus a hard cover collection:

  • Savage Dragon – 150
  • Buffy Season 8 – 26
  • Echo -13
  • “Spider-Man: Election Day”
  • And now for a review of something I’ve read recently.

  • “Herbie Archives Volume 2 ” by Shane O’Shea and Ogden Whitney
  • This volume reprints “Herbie” issues six through fourteen from 1964-1966. These are all comics I’ve never read since this is the first time I know of that “Herbie” has been collected or reprinted. I’ve known it by reputation and by one or two issues that have been reprinted but this is the first time I’ve been able to read the whole series.

    I don’t have much to say about volume two of “Herbie” that I didn’t say about volume one. It’s a unique comic. Herbie is a “Fat little nothing” to his always disappointed father but unknown to his family Herbie has all sorts of magical and super powers. His powers are completely unexplained except some of them are related to the magic lollipops he eats.

    These stories are all a bit crazy. Plots can go anywhere they want and the unexpected is always popping up. Herbie travels through time and space effortlessly and is always meeting famous people of the past and present. President Johnson and Adlai Stevenson show up in this one. Not to mention Herbie give a Christmas present to Cassius Clay.

    This volume is also notable for the first appearance of Herbie’s super hero identity “The Fat Fury”. Exactly why Herbie would need a super hero identity is a mystery to me but one day a super villain was terrorizing the town so Herbie decided to become a super hero. Before that Herbie just went adventuring in his regular clothes.

    Herbie is also very well known among all the famous people, mythical characters, historical figures, and animals that he meets but no one knows who the Fat Fury is. Just another one of the weird things about this comic.

    I could go on all day recounting the strange goings on in this comic but it’s best if you read it for yourself. Check it out.