Here’s a mere sample of the glorious insanity of HERBIE comics. Herbie was the creation of ACG editor Richard E. Hughes, writing under the pseudonym Shane O’Shea, and first appeared in Forbidden Worlds #73, December 1958. The plump lump went on to star in his own series and eventually took on a costumed identity, the Fat Fury. Costume or no, Herbie was one of the most omni-powered beings in comics history, meeting any and all challenges with an unflappable, deadpan cool and his bottomless arsenal of specialty lollipops. The stories were whimsical, madcap, and unabashedly silly, and this one is no exception. From giant menacing flowers, to strap-on bee butts, to tiny micro-world duplicates, this comic has more crazy ideas than a Grant Morrison clone farm, and all in nine pages. And yes, Professor Flipdome is a dangerous lunatic. And yes, Herbie's father was always that much of a prick. This story is from a Dark Horse Comics reprint in 1992, which also contained a new Herbie story by John Byrne. I was sorely tempted to reprint that, but this one is more the “real deal”. Maybe another time, then. Herbie comics aren’t currently available in reprints, but they should be - until that wonderful day, enjoy “Professor Flipdome’s Screwy Machine”:
"Professor Flipdome's Screwy Machine!"
Originally printed in Herbie #4, ACG
Script: Shane O'Shea
Art: Ogden Whitney
Story scanned from Herbie #1, Dark Horse Comics, 1992