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Indestructible

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We don't know why, but Herbie can't be hurt (unless it's funny). Bullets bounce off him, punches have no effect, he can't be executed, and he's not affected by fire. In many cases, Herbie is unaware he has been attacked, and even when he is aware, you could not tell by his expression.

Index terms: invulnerable, indestructible, impervious, immortal, fireproof, shatterproof, bulletproof, Richard E. Hughes, Ogden Whitney

Bullets Bounce Off

In Forbidden Worlds #110, some bullets veer away from Herbie, whom they recognize. They know. GANGWAY!
Source: Forbidden Worlds #110 p.5 (1963-03)
Updated: 2004-11-02
In Forbidden Worlds #110 , some bullets veer away from Herbie, whom they recognize .
In #2a, crooks shoot at Herbie, but he just uses the bullet stream to walk on, at least until the shooting stops. Then Herbie lands on his butt.
Source: Herbie #2a p.10 (1964-06)
Updated: 2004-10-21
In #2a , crooks shoot at Herbie, but he just uses the bullet stream to walk on, at least until the shooting stops.
In #4a, Herbie catches a bullet in his teeth, but he doesn't care for the flavor. Then, a stream of bullets bounce off Herbie and hit others. YOW-EEEE!
Source: Herbie #4a p.6 (1964-09)
Updated: 2004-10-21
In #4a , Herbie catches a bullet in his teeth, but he doesn't care for the flavor.
In #8b, another ricochet, this one into the shooter's butt. YEEE-OWWW!
Source: Herbie #8b p.6 (1965-03)
Updated: 2004-10-21
In #8b , another ricochet, this one into the shooter's butt .
In #9a, Herbie is annoyed by bullets as they bounce off him harmlessly...
Source: Herbie #9a p.10 (1965-04)
Updated: 2004-10-21
In #9a , Herbie is annoyed by bullets as they bounce off him harmlessly...
...but they do not bounce harmlessly off his duplicates.
Source: Herbie #9a p.12 (1965-04)
Updated: 2004-10-21
...but they do not bounce harmlessly off his duplicates.
Source: Herbie #11a p.13 (1965-08)
Updated: 2004-11-08
Herbie #11a13
Herbie barely notices a cannonball.
Source: Herbie #11b p.6 (1965-08)
Updated: 2008-11-21
Herbie barely notices a cannonball.
In #16a, Herbie again uses a stream of bullets to walk on.
Source: Herbie #16a p.12 (1966-03)
Updated: 2004-10-21
In #16a , Herbie again uses a stream of bullets to walk on.
In #19a, Herbie deflects some shells.
Source: Herbie #19a p.8 (1966-08)
Updated: 2004-10-21
In #19a , Herbie deflects some shells.
In #22b, Herbie tires of gunfire. "Sigh... Tell me when finished."
Source: Herbie #22b p.6 (1966-12)
Updated: 2004-11-17
In #22b , Herbie tires of gunfire.

Can Take a Punch

In #1b, Herbie can take a punch, but the puncher can't take Herbie. OW-WOW-WOW-WOW-WOW!
Source: Herbie #1b p.6 (1964-04)
Updated: 2004-10-21
In #1b , Herbie can take a punch, but the puncher can't take Herbie.
In #4a, Herbie barely notices a charging buffalo.
Source: Herbie #4a p.7 (1964-09)
Updated: 2004-10-21
In #4a , Herbie barely notices a charging buffalo.
In #6a, Herbie carries on a conversation almost oblivious that a cave man is breaking a club over his head. As the club shatters with a BLONK!, Herbie wonders "Say, are you trying to hit me?"
Source: Herbie #6a p.6 (1964-12)
Updated: 2004-11-07
In #6a , Herbie carries on a conversation almost oblivious that a cave man is breaking a club over his head.
In #10b, a bulldozer is destroyed running into Herbie.
Source: Herbie #10b p.5 (1965-06)
Updated: 2004-10-21
In #10b , a bulldozer is destroyed running into Herbie.
In #14a, real costume heroes can't make a dent.
Source: Herbie #14a p.8 (1965-12)
Updated: 2004-11-18
In #14a , real costume heroes can't make a dent.
In #16a, a tank is destroyed running into Herbie.
Source: Herbie #16a p.11 (1966-03)
Updated: 2004-10-21
In #16a , a tank is destroyed running into Herbie.
In #2b, an attempted execution by guillotine fails. Rubbing his neck, Herbie comments that "they could hurt a person that way!" with an unusual exclamation.
Source: Herbie #2b p.10 (1964-06)
Updated: 2004-10-21
In #2b , an attempted execution by guillotine fails.
In #9b, an attempted beheading by axe fails. Herbie thanks his executioners for getting rid of a kink in his neck.
Source: Herbie #9b p.7 (1965-04)
Updated: 2004-10-21
In #9b , an attempted beheading by axe fails.
In #15b, Napoleon orders the death penalty for Herbie. The guillotine gets Herbie's attention -- "Something...?" -- and again, rubbing his neck, he comments "Fella could get hurt that way".
Source: Herbie #15b p.5 (1966-02)
Updated: 2004-10-21
In #15b , Napoleon orders the death penalty for Herbie.
In #17a, there's not an attempt to chop off Herbie's head, but the hatchets are in the chopping theme, and like everything else, have no adverse effect on Herbie.
Source: Herbie #17a p.7 (1966-04)
Updated: 2004-10-21
In #17a , there's not an attempt to chop off Herbie's head, but the hatchets are in the chopping theme, and like everything else, have no adverse effect on Herbie.
In #21b, we are back to the execution theme, this time with swords.
Source: Herbie #21b p.6 (1966-10)
Updated: 2004-10-21
In #21b , we are back to the execution theme, this time with swords.

Fireproof

Source: Forbidden Worlds #116 p.11 (1963-11)
Updated: 2008-12-02
Forbidden Worlds #11611
Source: Herbie #16a p.14 (1966-03)
Updated: 2008-12-02
Herbie #16a14

That Smarts (if it's funny)

Herbie can feel pain, but only momentarily, and only as a gag. In Forbidden Worlds #116, the Devil chooses a victim by throwing a dart at a map. YEE-OWWW! An early butt joke.
Source: Forbidden Worlds #116 p.3 (1963-11)
Updated: 2004-11-04
Herbie can feel pain, but only momentarily, and only as a gag.
In #8b, Herbie is smarting after apparently being spanked for his answer to a question. Butt joke.
Source: Herbie #8b p.9 (1965-03)
Updated: 2004-11-04
In #8b , Herbie is smarting after apparently being spanked for his answer to a question.
In #13b, Herbie is repeatedly left unconscious and robbed by a club to his head. First -- BONK! -- he loses a coat for Mom...
Source: Herbie #13b p.5 (1965-10)
Updated: 2004-11-07
In #13b , Herbie is repeatedly left unconscious and robbed by a club to his head.
...then -- BONK! -- he loses his sled....
Source: Herbie #13b p.6 (1965-10)
Updated: 2004-11-07
...then -- BONK!
...and -- BONK! -- he loses his uniform leading to a boxer shorts sight gag.
Source: Herbie #13b p.7 (1965-10)
Updated: 2004-11-07
...and -- BONK!
At the end of the sequence, Herbie experiences cold, but this seems set up just so that Herbie can retaliate for some taunting from Jack Frost, not because he can't take the cold. He seems chill-free for the next two pages.
Source: Herbie #13b p.8 (1965-10)
Updated: 2004-11-07
At the end of the sequence, Herbie experiences cold, but this seems set up just so that Herbie can retaliate for some taunting from Jack Frost, not because he can't take the cold.
In #16a, Herbie -- disguised as the Fat Fury -- is disguised as a turkey and gets poked by Mao Tse Tung. EEE-YOWWWW! A butt joke, missed.
Source: Herbie #16a p.6 (1966-03)
Updated: 2004-11-04
In #16a , Herbie -- disguised as the Fat Fury -- is disguised as a turkey and gets poked by Mao Tse Tung.
But wait! What's this? Herbie hurt in #21b? He had to bop himself with that there lollipop. That's gotta hurt!
Source: Herbie #21b p.11 (1966-10)
Updated: 2004-11-17
But wait!