Friday, November 28, 2014
Number 1663: Herbie: He am the walrus
Herbie’s father, Pincus Popnecker, is a dad disappointed in his son, calling him “a fat little nothing.” Tsk tsk. He doesn’t know that Herbie may be fat, but he ain’t nothing! A kid who can levitate, talk to animals, or in the case of this story, spirits from the Unknown (ACG’s euphemistic term for heaven or the afterlife) is not one to be discounted.
This comes from Herbie #7. Celebrities of the time were sometimes slipped into Herbie’s adventures, and the cameo in “High Spirits” is none other than Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States (1929-1933). The issue is dated February, 1965, so the story was written and drawn before Hoover’s death on October 20, 1964. If they had known that ahead of time they could have reworked the story so the one-term Republican president could have visited Herbie from his new home in the Unknown.