Monday, October 12, 2009

A Herbie Story by John Byrne

As I promised in an earlier post, here is John Byrne's contribution to the Dark Horse Herbie reprint book of 1992. This was apparently meant to be part of a longer 12-issue series that would mix new Herbie stories with old, but only this and issue #2 were ever released. Few have tried to match the original stories by Richard Hughes and Ogden Whitney, but Byrne does a decent job of capturing the Herbie spirit, if not the outright insanity his world. See for yourself:


























"The Most Beautiful Mom in the World!"
Words and Pictures by John Byrne
Story scanned from Herbie #1, Dark Horse Comics (October 1992)

4 comments:

tim said...

Holy cow. Something about this is deeply creepy. Maybe it's Herbie's Rorschach-like diction, or the revelation that he is so repellent as to render his mother unfit for the public eye simply because she gave birth to him, but I kept expecting the Corinthian to pop out from behind a corner or something. Anyways, nice find.

Moosenlawyer said...

Hmmmm...the Brady Bunch got discovered by a commercial director while backing up their car in their supermarket parking lot in episode #57, "And Now a Word From Our Sponsor." This must happen a lot.

Plus, the Brady Bunch director did the stupid hand-framing thing as well...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_The_Brady_Bunch_episodes

demoncat said...

seeing this issue reminds me why the fat fury was one character the comic world was never ment to have. not to mention how even an updated version has the father still a male chuvenist sexist pig.

doc noc said...

tim said...
"Holy cow. Something about this is deeply creepy..."
Tim, I think John Byrne made Herbie look like a creepy blow up doll. good tale but creepy.