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The Fat Fury

Herbie Popnecker Examples:
Things Get Squished

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No one gets injured in Herbie comics, so to show how badly someone has been beaten, they appear to be compressed, flattened, squished like an accordion. Early on, people were squished by punching, but in later stories, Herbie would fall on villains and squish them with his butt.

Note the contrast between the drawing detail of the squisher and the squishee. Sometimes, the squishee is little more than a wavy blob. Ogden Whitney must have thought these bad drawings were hilarious. The sound effects varied for squishing, but SPRONG! was common for de-squishing. Often, the squished decompress, sometimes with the aid of a handy airpump.

Index terms: compressed, flattened, squished, accordion, crunch, sprong, Richard E. Hughes, Ogden Whitney

Double-fisted CRUNCH! ... SPRONG!
Source: Herbie #3a p.11 (1964-08)
Updated: 2005-03-10
Double-fisted CRUNCH!
Double-fisted POW! ... SPRONG!
Source: Herbie #4a p.9 (1964-09)
Updated: 2005-03-10
Double-fisted POW!
Source: Herbie #8a p.12 (1965-03)
Updated: 2005-03-10
Double-fisted SQUISH!
Source: Herbie #9a p.10 (1965-04)
Updated: 2005-03-14
Herbie #9a10
Source: Herbie #10b p.8 (1965-06)
Updated: 2005-03-10
Herbie #10b8
Source: Herbie #10b p.9 (1965-06)
Updated: 2005-03-10
Herbie #10b9
Even his costume says FLAT FURY!
Source: Herbie #12a p.7 (1965-09)
Updated: 2005-03-10
Even his costume says FLAT FURY!
POW!? Maybe the THUD! should have been for the butt joke.
Source: Herbie #14a p.12 (1965-12)
Updated: 2005-03-10
POW!
Source: Herbie #15b p.4 (1966-02)
Updated: 2005-03-10
SCRUNCH!
Nice tidy squishing job here.
Source: Herbie #15b p.9 (1966-02)
Updated: 2005-03-10
Nice tidy squishing job here.
Source: Herbie #18a p.11 (1966-06)
Updated: 2005-03-10
SPRONG!
SQUISH! Falling combined with butt joke.
Source: Herbie #18a p.12 (1966-06)
Updated: 2005-03-14
SQUISH!
SQUNCH! Falling combined with butt joke.
Source: Herbie #22a p.2 (1966-12)
Updated: 2005-03-10
SQUNCH!
Source: Herbie #22b p.5 (1966-12)
Updated: 2005-03-10
SCRUNCH!
When you've been stretched, some squishing BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! gets you back to normal. Somehow, Herbie's glasses get squished into a square.
Source: Herbie #22b p.9 (1966-12)
Updated: 2005-03-10
When you've been stretched, some squishing BAM!