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Herbie, the Pilgrim

Herbie Popnecker Examples:
Herbie's Amazing Powers:
Lollipops

Created: 2004-11-10     Updated: 2012-06-19  
Stories: 31     Examples: 66     Links: 16  

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Herbie is always eating lollipops, even when sleeping. There are special lollipops for time-travel and bopping, and we learn that Herbie loses many of his powers without lollipops. Herbie is always on the look-out for hard-to-get cinnamon.

Herbie keeps his precious lollipops in a locked lollipop chest and carries them on his person in a lollipop belt. One of the few ways to upset Herbie is to threaten to take his lollipops. Herbie gets some lollipops, eating lollipops, in local stores, but he also gets powerful ones from the Unknown. In three Herbie stories, Herbie loses his lollipops, or they lose their power:

  • #2a - Herbie and the Purloined Pops!
  • #18a - Calling all Cars! Bring in Fat Fury!
  • #22a - Just Like Magic!
  • PANT for Lollipops
  • Index terms: lollipop, favors, hard-to-get cinnamon, lollipop belt, lollipop chest, strawberry is loaded, Richard E. Hughes, Ogden Whitney

    Herbie is pretty angry because an alien zapped his lollipop.
    Source: Forbidden Worlds #73 p.8 (1958-12)
    Updated: 2005-02-02
    Herbie is pretty angry because an alien zapped his lollipop.
    Herbie tricks the spirits with soothing suckers.
    Source: Forbidden Worlds #94 p.11 (1961-03)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    Herbie tricks the spirits with soothing suckers.
    Herbie tells JFK (President John Fitzgerald Kennedy) that all he needs are lollipops...
    Source: Forbidden Worlds #114 p.4 (1963-09)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    Herbie tells JFK (President John Fitzgerald Kennedy) that all he needs are lollipops...
    ...but later, when his lollipop is broken, all he can do is plan his vengeance. Looks plenty angry.
    Source: Forbidden Worlds #114 p.8 (1963-09)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    ...but later, when his lollipop is broken, all he can do is plan his vengeance.
    The Devil asks Herbie what he would like more than anything in the world. Lollipops!
    Source: Forbidden Worlds #116 p.3 (1963-11)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    The Devil asks Herbie what he would like more than anything in the world.
    The Devil sets things up so his father gets a lollipop company, and Herbie is sitting pretty.
    Source: Forbidden Worlds #116 p.6 (1963-11)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    The Devil sets things up so his father gets a lollipop company, and Herbie is sitting pretty.
    The devil is irritated by Herbie's talking with something in his mouth, but then suffers the consequences in his butt.
    Source: Forbidden Worlds #116 p.11 (1963-11)
    Updated: 2008-11-29
    The devil is irritated by Herbie's talking with something in his mouth, but then suffers the consequences in his butt .
    In Herbie #1a, we are introduced to Herbie's lollipop chest and his father's concern about it. What IS in that section down there?
    Source: Herbie #1a p.2 (1964-04)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    In Herbie #1a , we are introduced to Herbie's lollipop chest and his father's concern about it.
    Ahhh. Time lollipops.
    Source: Herbie #1a p.5 (1964-04)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    Ahhh.
    Herbie reaches for a special-purpose lollipop ... from his suit! This predates the use of his lollipop belt in #3a.
    Source: Herbie #1b p.4 (1964-04)
    Updated: 2004-11-10
    Herbie reaches for a special-purpose lollipop ...
    Herbie assembles one lollipop from the fragments of his broken pops...
    Source: Herbie #1b p.9 (1964-04)
    Updated: 2004-11-10
    Herbie assembles one lollipop from the fragments of his broken pops...
    ...and it has some strange effects!
    Source: Herbie #1b p.11 (1964-04)
    Updated: 2004-11-10
    ...and it has some strange effects!
    In "the case of the purloined pops", Herbie awakens to find that he is out of lollipops.
    Source: Herbie #2a p.1 (1964-06)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    In "the case of the purloined pops", Herbie awakens to find that he is out of lollipops.
    No one has lollipops. "PANT"... "PANT"... (Is that Herbie's tongue?)
    Source: Herbie #2a p.2 (1964-06)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    No one has lollipops.
    LOLLIPOPS ..."PANT"... LOLLIPOPS...
    Source: Herbie #2a p.3 (1964-06)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    LOLLIPOPS ..."PANT"...
    A mountain of lollipops. AH-HHHH!
    Source: Herbie #2a p.5 (1964-06)
    Updated: 2008-12-02
    A mountain of lollipops.
    We learn Herbie's preferred flavors: orange, lemon, lime ... and cinnamon's his favorite.
    Source: Herbie #2a p.7 (1964-06)
    Updated: 2012-04-11
    We learn Herbie's preferred flavors: orange, lemon, lime ...
    Herbie has a fine lollipop outfit.
    Source: Herbie #2a p.12 (1964-06)
    Updated: 2008-11-29
    Herbie has a fine lollipop outfit .
    Kind of a sad point for Herbie, but he takes solace in his lollipops over love.
    Source: Herbie #2b p.12 (1964-06)
    Updated: 2004-11-10
    Kind of a sad point for Herbie, but he takes solace in his lollipops over love .
    We see Herbie's lollipop belt, sort of like Batman's utility belt, but more effective, and funnier. Larger, too.
    Source: Herbie #3a p.4 (1964-08)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    We see Herbie's lollipop belt, sort of like Batman's utility belt, but more effective, and funnier.
    Lollipops can be used for hypnosis (along with those eyes).
    Source: Herbie #5b p.8 (1964-10)
    Updated: 2008-11-04
    Lollipops can be used for hypnosis (along with those eyes ).
    Herbie is loyal to lollipops.
    Source: Herbie #7a p.10 (1965-02)
    Updated: 2008-12-02
    Herbie is loyal to lollipops.
    Dad impounds the key to Herbie's lollipop chest...
    Source: Herbie #8b p.2 (1965-03)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    Dad impounds the key to Herbie's lollipop chest...
    ...and Herbie is forced to get in to get to a time lollipop, which is sucked, not eaten.
    Source: Herbie #8b p.3 (1965-03)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    ...and Herbie is forced to get in to get to a time lollipop, which is sucked, not eaten.
    At the end of #8b, Herbie is once again locked out of his chest.
    Source: Herbie #8b p.9 (1965-03)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    At the end of #8b , Herbie is once again locked out of his chest.
    The smell of lollipops has a strong allure to Herbie.
    Source: Herbie #9a p.10 (1965-04)
    Updated: 2008-12-20
    The smell of lollipops has a strong allure to Herbie.
    Someone makes the mistake of trying to take Herbie's lollipop chest.
    Source: Herbie #10a p.6 (1965-06)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    Someone makes the mistake of trying to take Herbie's lollipop chest.
    We see the effect on Herbie of lollipop scent, cinnamon, no less.
    Source: Herbie #11a p.5 (1965-08)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    We see the effect on Herbie of lollipop scent, cinnamon, no less.
    It's like déja vu all over again.
    Source: Herbie #11a p.10 (1965-08)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    It's like déja vu all over again.
    Herbie wants the whole shooting match.
    Source: Herbie #11b p.5 (1965-08)
    Updated: 2008-12-02
    Herbie wants the whole shooting match.
    Pirates empty Herbie's pockets.
    Source: Herbie #13a p.6 (1965-10)
    Updated: 2008-11-29
    Pirates empty Herbie's pockets.
    We see a lollipop navigation system...
    Source: Herbie #14a p.7 (1965-12)
    Updated: 2004-11-15
    We see a lollipop navigation system...
    ...and one for thawing out frozen heroes.
    Source: Herbie #14a p.8 (1965-12)
    Updated: 2004-11-18
    ...and one for thawing out frozen heroes.
    PANT... Herbie pants over the idea of XMAS lollipops...
    Source: Herbie #14b p.1 (1965-12)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    PANT...
    ...and launches a campaign for Jolly-Pops. New! Great! Delicious!
    Source: Herbie #14b p.2 (1965-12)
    Updated: 2012-03-19
    ...and launches a campaign for Jolly-Pops.
    In the end, Herbie gets his wish but gives it to a little boy.
    Source: Herbie #14b p.12 (1965-12)
    Updated: 2012-03-19
    In the end, Herbie gets his wish but gives it to a little boy .
    Herbie visits his favorite lollipop factory, Supernatural Lollipops, Inc...
    Source: Herbie #15b p.8 (1966-02)
    Updated: 2004-11-10
    Herbie visits his favorite lollipop factory, Supernatural Lollipops, Inc...
    ...and Herbie gets a guarantee that he'll get the best!
    Source: Herbie #15b p.9 (1966-02)
    Updated: 2004-11-12
    ...and Herbie gets a guarantee that he'll get the best!
    Exhausted... "PANT" weak! Need lollipop.
    Source: Herbie #16a p.14 (1966-03)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    Exhausted...
    His nostrils assailed, Herbie realizes that he could have married a lollipop heiress.
    Source: Herbie #16b p.8 (1966-03)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    His nostrils assailed, Herbie realizes that he could have married a lollipop heiress.
    Herbie's lollipop belt is VERY specific...
    Source: Herbie #17a p.8 (1966-04)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    Herbie's lollipop belt is VERY specific...
    ...VERY specific indeed. Note the catalog number 186-R, 792-X, 403-W.
    Source: Herbie #17a p.11 (1966-04)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    ...VERY specific indeed.
    Herbie discards is time travel disguise and is left in his boxer-shorts to announce, upside down, the compound interest calculated by his computer lollipop.
    Source: Herbie #17a p.13 (1966-04)
    Updated: 2012-02-15
    Herbie discards is time travel disguise and is left in his boxer-shorts to announce, upside down, the compound interest calculated by his computer lollipop.
    Question Mark discovers the source of Fat Fury's powers: lollipops!
    Source: Herbie #18a p.5 (1966-06)
    Updated: 2011-12-26
    Question Mark discovers the source of Fat Fury's powers: lollipops!
    The Fat Fury is gasping for lollipops. Herbie also pants for lollipops.
    Source: Herbie #18a p.7 (1966-06)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    The Fat Fury is gasping for lollipops.
    One "high class" lollipop to the rescue, and Herbie uses an exclamation point!
    Source: Herbie #18a p.9 (1966-06)
    Updated: 2011-12-26
    One "high class" lollipop to the rescue, and Herbie uses an exclamation point !
    Prime Example: Herbie finds a supply including hard-to-get cinnamon.
    Source: Herbie #20a p.14 (1966-09)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    Prime Example : Herbie finds a supply including hard-to-get cinnamon.
    Herbie threatens to bop with that there lollipop, a super-bopper from his lollipop belt.
    Source: Herbie #20b p.6 (1966-09)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    Herbie threatens to bop with that there lollipop, a super-bopper from his lollipop belt.
    A lollipop robot!
    Source: Herbie #21a p.1 (1966-10)
    Updated: 2008-11-29
    A lollipop robot!
    When Dad locks up Herbie's lollipops, breaking the chains would risk breaking lollipops. Can't have THAT.
    Source: Herbie #21a p.2 (1966-10)
    Updated: 2008-12-20
    When Dad locks up Herbie's lollipops, breaking the chains would risk breaking lollipops.
    Herbie gets a specialized lollipop from his belt.
    Source: Herbie #21a p.10 (1966-10)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    Herbie gets a specialized lollipop from his belt.
    Herbie gets a super special time lollipop from his belt. With it, Herbie can travel back in time without his grandfather's clock.
    Source: Herbie #21a p.11 (1966-10)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    Herbie gets a super special time lollipop from his belt.
    Herbie pleads, pants, and prevails for his lollipops. "PANT"... "PANT"... (Is that Herbie's tongue?)
    Source: Herbie #21a p.14 (1966-10)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    Herbie pleads, pants, and prevails for his lollipops.
    Herbie has gone to an alphabetical organization for his lollipop belt.
    Source: Herbie #21b p.7 (1966-10)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    Herbie has gone to an alphabetical organization for his lollipop belt.
    Herbie tells us that different lollipops convey different powers. Herbie's lollipops are rendered useless and Herbie is just a 497-pound weakling.
    Source: Herbie #22a p.6 (1966-12)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    Herbie tells us that different lollipops convey different powers.
    Fortunately, the powers for hard-to-get cinnamon have not been removed and the Fat Fury is even fatter, more furious than usual.
    Source: Herbie #22a p.11 (1966-12)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    Fortunately, the powers for hard-to-get cinnamon have not been removed and the Fat Fury is even fatter, more furious than usual.
    Herbie gets some experimental lollipops. Strange ones.
    Source: Herbie #23a p.1 (1967-02)
    Updated: 2004-11-10
    Herbie gets some experimental lollipops.
    Herbie must rush his lollipop chest away from Dad.
    Source: Herbie #23a p.3 (1967-02)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    Herbie must rush his lollipop chest away from Dad.
    Herbie makes his last use of his lollipop belt.
    Source: Herbie #23a p.12 (1967-02)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    Herbie makes his last use of his lollipop belt.
    Counter-Example: In this post-Herbie story, Herbie's only use of his lollipop is as a projectile (and to shatter a window his mother is standing next to, a selfish and dangerous action that the real Herbie would never do). Also, says "hard to find cinnamon" instead of "hard-to-get cinnamon".
    Source: Dark Horse Herbie #1 (1992)
    Updated: 2008-09-11
    Counter-Example : In this post-Herbie story, Herbie's only use of his lollipop is as a projectile (and to shatter a window his mother is standing next to, a selfish and dangerous action that the real Herbie would never do).
    Ignoring the grammar, Herbie in Flaming Carrot makes realistic use of a hypno-pop.
    Source: Flaming Carrot #31 p.9 (1994)
    Updated: 2008-09-11
    Ignoring the grammar, Herbie in Flaming Carrot makes realistic use of a hypno-pop.
    Flaming Carrot brings back Herbie's lollipop belt with it's array or remarkably specific pops. Herbie then becomes a dish-washing demon.
    Source: Flaming Carrot #31 p.7 (1994)
    Updated: 2008-09-11
    Flaming Carrot brings back Herbie's lollipop belt with it's array or remarkably specific pops.

    PANT for Lollipops

    No one has lollipops. "PANT"... "PANT"... (Is that Herbie's tongue?)
    Source: Herbie #2a p.2 (1964-06)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    No one has lollipops.
    LOLLIPOPS ..."PANT"... LOLLIPOPS...
    Source: Herbie #2a p.3 (1964-06)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    LOLLIPOPS ..."PANT"...
    PANT... Herbie pants over the idea of XMAS lollipops...
    Source: Herbie #14b p.1 (1965-12)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    PANT...
    Exhausted... "PANT" weak! Need lollipop.
    Source: Herbie #16a p.14 (1966-03)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    Exhausted...
    Herbie pleads, pants, and prevails for his lollipops. "PANT"... "PANT"... (Is that Herbie's tongue?)
    Source: Herbie #21a p.14 (1966-10)
    Updated: 2004-11-09
    Herbie pleads, pants, and prevails for his lollipops.
    lollipops