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Herbie Uses Magic

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Herbie uses magic in early stories, but then, not until the final few stories, when Herbie needs to learn magic because he has lost his lollipop-based powers.

Herbie's early magic in Forbidden Worlds was pretty traditional, dealing with spirits. In the first two issues of Herbie, his magic is clever and funny. Then, except for a single rope trick, Herbie gives up magic until his last two issues, when Herbie's magic is as lackluster as his performance in superhero school. In the final Herbie story, Herbie uses magic to return to story-book land. How did that go? Oh yes, ALLEGA-POOP. Magic school, H.P. Ring a bell?

Index terms: magic tricks, disappear, Indian rope trick, magic school, Richard E. Hughes, Ogden Whitney

In Forbidden Worlds #94, Herbie uses magic. Rhymes.
Source: Forbidden Worlds #94 p.12 (1961-03)
Updated: 2004-11-13
In Forbidden Worlds #94 , Herbie uses magic.
In Forbidden Worlds #110, not sure if this is magic or invoking the Unknown.
Source: Forbidden Worlds #110 p.3 (1963-03)
Updated: 2004-11-13
In Forbidden Worlds #110 , not sure if this is magic or invoking the Unknown .
In Forbidden Worlds #116, Herbie waves a lollipop to direct an attack of magic lollipops.
Source: Forbidden Worlds #116 p.7 (1963-11)
Updated: 2008-09-03
In Forbidden Worlds #116 , Herbie waves a lollipop to direct an attack of magic lollipops.
In #1a, Herbie turns Merlin into Jimmy Durante...
Source: Herbie #1a p.7 (1964-04)
Updated: 2004-11-13
In #1a , Herbie turns Merlin into Jimmy Durante...
...and when Merlin pulls a rabbit out of a hat, Herbie makes a rabbit pull Merlin out of the hat.
Source: Herbie #1a p.8 (1964-04)
Updated: 2004-11-13
...and when Merlin pulls a rabbit out of a hat, Herbie makes a rabbit pull Merlin out of the hat.
Herbie uses a magic lollipop to really get into Mother Goose stories.
Source: Herbie #2b p.5 (1964-06)
Updated: 2005-03-09
Herbie uses a magic lollipop to really get into Mother Goose stories.
In #9b, a little rope trick.
Source: Herbie #9b p.6 (1965-04)
Updated: 2004-11-13
In #9b , a little rope trick.
Herbie performs some magic on Magicman.
Source: Herbie #14a p.9 (1965-12)
Updated: 2005-09-21
Herbie performs some magic on Magicman.
Mystery power. Magic?
Source: Herbie #14b p.2 (1965-12)
Updated: 2008-11-29
Mystery power.
Mystery power. Magic?
Source: Herbie #20b p.2 (1966-09)
Updated: 2008-11-29
Mystery power.
In #22a, Herbie needs magic to replace his lollipop powers. ALLEGA-POOP. Not best student.
Source: Herbie #22a p.8 (1966-12)
Updated: 2004-11-13
In #22a , Herbie needs magic to replace his lollipop powers.
Maybe he needs a little more oomph.
Source: Herbie #22a p.9 (1966-12)
Updated: 2004-11-13
Maybe he needs a little more oomph.
After scoring just 50%, Herbie gets half a degree. ALLEGA-POOP. Half a plane. ALLEGA-POOP. Half a cannon, see?
Source: Herbie #22a p.10 (1966-12)
Updated: 2004-11-13
After scoring just 50%, Herbie gets half a degree.
After finding ancient lollipop... ALLEGA-POOP. Magical punch.
Source: Herbie #22a p.12 (1966-12)
Updated: 2004-11-13
After finding ancient lollipop...
Need reinforcements? ALLEGA-POOP!
Source: Herbie #22a p.13 (1966-12)
Updated: 2004-11-13
Need reinforcements?
In #22b, more magic...
Source: Herbie #22b p.4 (1966-12)
Updated: 2004-11-17
In #22b , more magic...
...and more...
Source: Herbie #22b p.4 (1966-12)
Updated: 2004-11-17
...and more...
...and more!
Source: Herbie #22b p.4 (1966-12)
Updated: 2004-11-17
...and more!
In #23a, Herbie needs some magic. How did that go? Oh, yes... ALLEGA-POOP!
Source: Herbie #23a p.5 (1967-02)
Updated: 2005-03-09
In #23a , Herbie needs some magic.
Source: Herbie #23a p.15 (1967-02)
Updated: 2004-11-13
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