H is for Herbie

I missed a few weeks due to crazy deadlines (thanks, SDCC!), so you readers get to watch me play catch-up this week with FOUR Comics Alphabet entries. Boo-yah!

First up this week is Herbie Popnecker, aka the Fat Fury! Herbie was one of those characters that fell through the cracks back in the day until Dark Horse released a set of reprints last year.



Starring a taciturn fat kid whose collection of lollipops give him unspeakable power, the all-out weirdness of the Herbie stories must be seen to be believed. Fortunately, Chris Sims of The Invincible Super Blog is willing to give you a look.

I’m still using the old-school 64-color Marvel palette, but I’m experimenting a bit with it. I really love the colors on this one, and I’m surprised at how versatile those 64 colors can be. It just goes to show that you can make some pretty nice things with limited tools.

Interesting bit of trivia: According to this one thing I saw on the Internet once, Herbie is Watchmen and V for Vendetta writer Alan Moore’s favorite comics character.

Coming up this week, Ice, Jimmy Olsen, and– well, I’m not sure. Turns out Kalibak is a pain to draw. Still taking character suggestions. Anybody want to see Superman’s oddball mermaid girlfriend, Lori Lemaris? (that’s right. MERMAID. GIRLFRIEND. Way to go, Silver Age.)

Posted in Finished Illos.


  1. I’ve learned more about comic book characters from your website that I think I’d otherwise be able to digest. Your writing style cracks me up! 🙂

    And yes, I do want to see your rendition of Superman’s fishy gal-pal!

  2. Those are both awesome ideas, Craig. I’ve already had M locked in for a while, though- Mr. Miracle and Metamorpho. I might have to got for a three-shot! Or four!

  3. Phil-
    I aim to educate! But we haven’t even waded out of the shallow end of the bottomless cesspool that is obscure comic book characters… Just wait and see!

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