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Herbie Popnecker Examples:
Errors, Mistakes, Blunders

Errors in Herbie comics included animals appearing out of their natural habitats, typos, and factual errors, often accompanied by letters to the editor.

Alert readers will notice that the hinge on Herbie's time-traveling grandfather clock switches sides.

Index terms: errors, typos, mistakes, incorrect, misconceptions, inattention to detail, bloopers, blunders, goofs, continuity, factual errors, fails, corrections, Richard E. Hughes, Ogden Whitney

In Forbidden Worlds #114, Herbie is stalked by a tiger in Africa, but there are no tigers in Africa.
Source: Forbidden Worlds #114 p.6 (1963-09)
Updated: 2005-10-23
In Forbidden Worlds #114 , Herbie is stalked by a tiger in Africa, but there are no tigers in Africa.
In Forbidden Worlds #116, Frankenstein and Dracula's words are too small for the speech balloons, and in a different lettering style, suggesting that different words were changed at the last minute.
Source: Forbidden Worlds #116 p.10 (1963-11)
Updated: 2005-10-04
In Forbidden Worlds #116 , Frankenstein and Dracula's words are too small for the speech balloons, and in a different lettering style, suggesting that different words were changed at the last minute.
In #4a, there is a reference to Goliath's sling...
Source: Herbie #4a p.3 (1964-09)
Updated: 2005-10-04
In #4a , there is a reference to Goliath's sling...
...pointed out by Steve Schmidt in #9 letters.
Source: Herbie #9 (1965-04)
Updated: 2005-10-04
...pointed out by Steve Schmidt in #9 letters.
In #7a, there is a reference to Herbie Popneckner...
Source: Herbie #7a p.4 (1965-02)
Updated: 2005-10-04
In #7a , there is a reference to Herbie Popneckner ...
...pointed out by Jon Backstrom in #13 letters. The letterer, Ed Hamilton, is blamed.
Source: Herbie #13 (1965-10)
Updated: 2005-10-04
...pointed out by Jon Backstrom in #13 letters.
Also in #7a, the umpire calls the base runner out, but there is no force-out because the catcher's not touching the plate, and there is clearly no tag. Besides that, the umpire is signaling with his index finger instead of his thumb. To call the play at home, the umpire would not position himself behind the catcher like he was calling strikes and balls.
Source: Herbie #7a p.9 (1965-02)
Updated: 2008-11-23
Also in #7a , the umpire calls the base runner out, but there is no force-out because the catcher's not touching the plate, and there is clearly no tag.
In #9a, Four Herbies come out of Professor Flipdome's duplicator, but...
Source: Herbie #9a p.3 (1965-04)
Updated: 2008-11-23
In #9a , Four Herbies come out of Professor Flipdome's duplicator, but...
...five Herbies appear in one frame...
Source: Herbie #9a p.5 (1965-04)
Updated: 2008-11-23
...five Herbies appear in one frame...
...as was pointed out by alert reader, Edna Peden.
Source: Herbie #15 p.1 (1966-02)
Updated: 2008-11-23
...as was pointed out by alert reader, Edna Peden.
In #10 letters, a reader is corrected and told to use "Little Fat Nothing", not "Fat Little Nothing". Big difference....
Source: Herbie #10 (1965-06)
Updated: 2005-10-04
In #10 letters, a reader is corrected and told to use "Little Fat Nothing", not "Fat Little Nothing".
...but in #12 letters, Herbie uses "Fat Little Nothing" (perhaps to be able to say "Fattest Little Nothing").
Source: Herbie #12 (1965-09)
Updated: 2005-10-04
...but in #12 letters, Herbie uses "Fat Little Nothing" (perhaps to be able to say "Fattest Little Nothing").
In #13b, Herbie is way up north, but there are no penguins in the Northern Hemisphere.
Source: Herbie #13b p.10 (1965-10)
Updated: 2005-10-04
In #13b , Herbie is way up north, but there are no penguins in the Northern Hemisphere.
At first, this looked like an error because the THUD looked like it belonged more with Herbie's assault than his comrades', but a survey of butt jokes shows that all three sound effects have been used.
Source: Herbie #14a p.12 (1965-12)
Updated: 2005-10-04
At first, this looked like an error because the THUD looked like it belonged more with Herbie's assault than his comrades', but a survey of butt jokes shows that all three sound effects have been used.
In #14b, unless Herbie took the long route, he would not have met penguins on his way to the North Pole.
Source: Herbie #14b p.4 (1965-12)
Updated: 2005-10-04
In #14b , unless Herbie took the long route, he would not have met penguins on his way to the North Pole.
Speaking of the long route, the mean radius of the Earth is 3,959 miles. Prof. Flipdome's estimate of 7,618½ is 96.2% of Earth's diameter, so Prof Flipdome would miss the center by 3659½ miles and stop 300 miles from the other side. But then, Prof. Flipdome's calculations are way off, so maybe the distance was a joke. YESSIR!
Source: Herbie #20b p.4 (1966-09)
Updated: 2012-04-11
Speaking of the long route, the mean radius of the Earth is 3,959 miles.