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Recurring Gags:
Herbie's Lack of Emotion, Calm, Deadpan

Created: 2004-10-05     Updated: 2012-06-18  
Stories: 22     Examples: 29     Links: 6  

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While one could call Herbie calm, cool, and collected, one could also call him comically detached or clinically autistic, but he shows genuine empathy for others.

Index terms: unemotional, fearless, detached, poker faced, bland, emotionless, Richard E. Hughes, Ogden Whitney

When Herbie was introduced in Forbidden Worlds #73, he showed emotion, but his character grew out of it by the Herbie series. In his first three appearances in Forbidden Worlds, he had eyebrows; they were gone in FW #114, but maybe just behind his glasses.
Source: Forbidden Worlds #73 p.8 (1958-12)
Updated: 2005-02-02
When Herbie was introduced in Forbidden Worlds #73 , he showed emotion, but his character grew out of it by the Herbie series.
By the end of his Forbidden Worlds appearances (#116), Herbie had lost apparent emotion. Here, he is confronted by the Devil.
Source: Forbidden Worlds #116 p.3 (1963-11)
Updated: 2004-10-05
By the end of his Forbidden Worlds appearances ( #116 ), Herbie had lost apparent emotion.
In the first Herbie comic issue, Herbie drives Sonny Liston crazy with his lack of enthusiasm.
Source: Herbie #1b p.3 (1964-04)
Updated: 2005-03-14
In the first Herbie comic issue, Herbie drives Sonny Liston crazy with his lack of enthusiasm.
"??!!??", but the face does not change
Source: Herbie #1b p.11 (1964-04)
Updated: 2005-03-14
"??!!??", but the face does not change
A flash of insight is not visible on Herbie's face.
Source: Herbie #2b p.3 (1964-06)
Updated: 2004-11-12
A flash of insight is not visible on Herbie's face.
Herbie's parents react to the loss of "all that beautiful money" with the all their emotion, but Herbie...
Source: Herbie #3b p.4 (1964-08)
Updated: 2005-02-04
Herbie's parents react to the loss of "all that beautiful money" with the all their emotion, but Herbie...
Herbie at the movies while the crowd laughs hysterically
Source: Herbie #5b p.1 (1964-10)
Updated: 2004-10-04
Herbie at the movies while the crowd laughs hysterically
Prime Example: Herbie at the movies when there's not a dry eye in the house
Source: Herbie #5b p.2 (1964-10)
Updated: 2004-10-04
Prime Example : Herbie at the movies when there's not a dry eye in the house
Herbie as the Fat Fury blows his top
Source: Herbie #8a p.12 (1965-03)
Updated: 2004-10-04
Herbie as the Fat Fury blows his top
Bullets. Don't like. Getting annoyed.
Source: Herbie #9a p.10 (1965-04)
Updated: 2008-12-02
Bullets .
In #9b, Herbie faints when faced with the possibility of harming his beloved Dad. His family is his soft spot.
Source: Herbie #9b p.11 (1965-04)
Updated: 2004-11-11
In #9b , Herbie faints when faced with the possibility of harming his beloved Dad.
Well, that gets a response! Note the eyebrows.
Source: Herbie #10a p.6 (1965-06)
Updated: 2004-11-11
Well, that gets a response!
Herbie can be flustered from modesty.
Source: Herbie #10b p.2 (1965-06)
Updated: 2008-09-14
Herbie can be flustered from modesty.
In #11a, the smell of hard-to-get cinnamon lollipop gets a rise out of Herbie's hair, but not his face.
Source: Herbie #11a p.5 (1965-08)
Updated: 2004-11-11
In #11a , the smell of hard-to-get cinnamon lollipop gets a rise out of Herbie's hair, but not his face.
Herbie does say AH-HHHHH! though.
Source: Herbie #11a p.6 (1965-08)
Updated: 2012-06-18
Herbie does say AH-HHHHH!
More of the same.
Source: Herbie #11a p.10 (1965-08)
Updated: 2004-11-11
More of the same.
Don't WANNA. Besides... made me mad! (exclamation!)
Source: Herbie #11a p.14 (1965-08)
Updated: 2011-12-28
Don't WANNA .
Source: Herbie #12b p.8 (1965-09)
Updated: 2011-12-28
Had it.
Herbie as Fat Fury with other super heroes. Nemesis is "MAD!" and Magicman is "FURIOUS!", while Herbie is "SLIGHTLY ANNOYED."
Source: Herbie #14a p.11 (1965-12)
Updated: 2004-10-04
Herbie as Fat Fury with other super heroes.
Mad now.
Source: Herbie #15a p.15 (1966-02)
Updated: 2011-12-28
Mad now.
Mad now.
Source: Herbie #16a p.13 (1966-03)
Updated: 2011-12-28
Mad now.
Herbie can get flustered in matters of love.
Source: Herbie #16b p.2 (1966-03)
Updated: 2008-09-14
Herbie can get flustered in matters of love.
A response to lollipops less than in #11a.
Source: Herbie #16b p.8 (1966-03)
Updated: 2008-09-14
A response to lollipops less than in #11a .
Mad now.
Source: Herbie #18a p.11 (1966-06)
Updated: 2012-02-22
Mad now.
The Fat Fury in a bit of a risqué situation, certainly undignified
Source: Herbie #20a p.13 (1966-09)
Updated: 2004-10-04
The Fat Fury in a bit of a risqué situation, certainly undignified
In later issues, Herbie seemed to become concerned with appearances (maybe "concerned" is too strong)
Source: Herbie #22a p.2 (1966-12)
Updated: 2004-10-04
In later issues, Herbie seemed to become concerned with appearances (maybe "concerned" is too strong)
Mad now.
Source: Herbie #23a p.7 (1967-02)
Updated: 2011-12-28
Mad now.
More indignation from Herbie in the final issue (maybe a metaphor for the demise of the series)
Source: Herbie #23a p.15 (1967-02)
Updated: 2004-10-04
More indignation from Herbie in the final issue (maybe a metaphor for the demise of the series)
Counter-Example: In "The Most Beautiful Mom in the World!" (1992), Herbie appeared startled and worried, and he did not even look too much like Herbie throughout the comic.
Source: Dark Horse Herbie #1 (1992)
Updated: 2008-09-11
Counter-Example : In "The Most Beautiful Mom in the World!" (1992), Herbie appeared startled and worried, and he did not even look too much like Herbie throughout the comic.
In Flaming Carrot #31, Herbie is appropriately deadpan, even facing a psychopath.
Source: Flaming Carrot #31 p.8 (1994)
Updated: 2008-09-11
In Flaming Carrot #31 , Herbie is appropriately deadpan, even facing a psychopath.
Counter-Example: In "Pass the Puck Herbie" (1996), Herbie not only showed emotion, but fear. This is not like Herbie! Ahem. Not like Herbie. Ahem. UH-UH.
Source: ACG Return of Herbie #1 p.4 (1996)
Updated: 2008-09-11
Counter-Example : In "Pass the Puck Herbie" (1996), Herbie not only showed emotion, but fear.
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