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Herbie values education and attends school, but he is not a good student, in part because he is so unconventional. Other students make fun of Herbie, but he does not feel bullied by them. Herbie has a lot of empathy for his teachers, and helps them out.

Index terms: high school, prep school, preparatory, bullying, bullies, hazing, helpful, Richard E. Hughes, Ogden Whitney

Not at school, but being taunted by neighborhood kids.
Source: Forbidden Worlds #73 p.3 (1958-12)
Updated: 2012-04-03
Not at school, but being taunted by neighborhood kids.
Herbie's going to a new school, and Mom is worried but Dad is realistic about how he'll be received.
Source: Forbidden Worlds #94 p.1 (1961-03)
Updated: 2012-03-25
Herbie's going to a new school, and Mom is worried but Dad is realistic about how he'll be received.
Hearing about the new student, kids imagine how great he'll be, but they are disappointed, and plan hazing him. Note Herbie's concern for his lollipop.
Source: Forbidden Worlds #94 p.2 (1961-03)
Updated: 2012-03-25
Hearing about the new student, kids imagine how great he'll be, but they are disappointed, and plan hazing him.
Some boys send Herbie to solve a mystery, but Herbie recognizes them as wise guys.
Source: Forbidden Worlds #94 p.6 (1961-03)
Updated: 2012-03-25
Some boys send Herbie to solve a mystery, but Herbie recognizes them as wise guys .
After saving the day, Herbie's excuse for his absence seals his reputation as a loser.
Source: Forbidden Worlds #94 p.12 (1961-03)
Updated: 2012-03-25
After saving the day, Herbie's excuse for his absence seals his reputation as a loser.
Herbie is given an assignment on his biggest adventure, which he will read to the class. Read-Schmead.
Source: Herbie #5a p.1 (1964-10)
Updated: 2012-03-25
Herbie is given an assignment on his biggest adventure, which he will read to the class.
After yet another astounding adventure, Herbie keeps up appearances by claiming he's too fat to have adventures. What's to say? he says with a shrug.
Source: Herbie #5a p.13 (1964-10)
Updated: 2012-03-25
After yet another astounding adventure, Herbie keeps up appearances by claiming he's too fat to have adventures.
Herbie methodically contradicts his teacher and has to go into the past to gather evidence.
Source: Herbie #6a p.1 (1964-12)
Updated: 2012-03-25
Herbie methodically contradicts his teacher and has to go into the past to gather evidence.
He gathers a caveman, for whom his teacher falls in love.
Source: Herbie #6a p.11 (1964-12)
Updated: 2012-03-25
He gathers a caveman, for whom his teacher falls in love .
Herbie decides he's done with his education, but Dad has other ideas. Herbie checks with such authorities as President Truman and Mr. Owl.
Source: Herbie #7a p.2 (1965-02)
Updated: 2012-03-25
Herbie decides he's done with his education, but Dad has other ideas.
Dad hopes that Herbie will attend his alma mater, Peepwhistle Prep.
Source: Herbie #7a p.3 (1965-02)
Updated: 2012-03-25
Dad hopes that Herbie will attend his alma mater, Peepwhistle Prep .
Herbie arrives at Peepwhistle Prep and pledges for Dad's old fraternity, Tappa-Kegga-Koke, but he is poorly received.
Source: Herbie #7a p.4 (1965-02)
Updated: 2012-03-25
Herbie arrives at Peepwhistle Prep and pledges for Dad's old fraternity, Tappa-Kegga-Koke , but he is poorly received.
Dad is in tears to hear that Peepwhistle Prep will close due to financial problems, but Herbie has an idea and saves the day.
Source: Herbie #7a p.11 (1965-02)
Updated: 2012-03-25
Dad is in tears to hear that Peepwhistle Prep will close due to financial problems, but Herbie has an idea and saves the day.
Herbie decides to become a costume hero and decides to go to school to learn to use his powers like a licensed hero...
Source: Herbie #8a p.5 (1965-03)
Updated: 2012-03-25
Herbie decides to become a costume hero and decides to go to school to learn to use his powers like a licensed hero...
...but Herbie is too unconventional for the American hero School...
Source: Herbie #8a p.6 (1965-03)
Updated: 2012-03-25
...but Herbie is too unconventional for the American hero School...
...and he flunks out (to become the Fat Fury!)
Source: Herbie #8a p.7 (1965-03)
Updated: 2012-03-25
...and he flunks out (to become the Fat Fury!)
Butch Nelson is a terror in school, especially for old Dr. Plumduffle.
Source: Herbie #20b p.2 (1966-09)
Updated: 2012-03-25
Butch Nelson is a terror in school, especially for old Dr.
Dr. Plumduffle is facing forced retirement unless he can handle Butch Nelson. The virtuous Herbie decides "Something GOTTA be done."
Source: Herbie #20b p.3 (1966-09)
Updated: 2012-03-25
Dr.
Herbie brings Dr. Plumduffle's double from the center of the Earth to teach Butch Nelson a lesson.
Source: Herbie #20b p.11 (1966-09)
Updated: 2012-03-25
Herbie brings Dr.
Butch Nelson is now such a good student, that Dr. Plumduffle keeps his job with double his salary!
Source: Herbie #20b p.12 (1966-09)
Updated: 2012-03-25
Butch Nelson is now such a good student, that Dr.
Dad locks up Herbie's lollipops until Herbie wins a football game for good old Hassenpfeffer High. Unfortunately, the team is lousy, and Coach Bumpo is in danger of losing his job.
Source: Herbie #21a p.2 (1966-10)
Updated: 2012-03-25
Dad locks up Herbie's lollipops until Herbie wins a football game for good old Hassenpfeffer High .
Herbie helps all he can and Hassenpfeffer wins a game. Herbie then testifies in favor of Coach Bumpo and against Coach Wimpus.
Source: Herbie #21a p.14 (1966-10)
Updated: 2012-03-25
Herbie helps all he can and Hassenpfeffer wins a game.
Herbie has lost his powers so he goes to magic school in the Unknown to acquire new powers. Problem. Bad at magic.
Source: Herbie #22a p.8 (1966-12)
Updated: 2012-03-25
Herbie has lost his powers so he goes to magic school in the Unknown to acquire new powers.
Herbie scores only 50% on his magic final exam, so he receives half a diploma and half a wand. Herbie saves the day when he finds a hard-to-get cinnamon lollipop. In the final Herbie story, #23a, Herbie does use magic effectively.
Source: Herbie #22a p.9 (1966-12)
Updated: 2012-03-25
Herbie scores only 50% on his magic final exam, so he receives half a diploma and half a wand.
Professor Dogwood gets fired for teaching that Shakespeare did not write his plays, and Herbie decides to help him.
Source: Flaming Carrot #31 p.2 (1994)
Updated: 2012-03-26
Professor Dogwood gets fired for teaching that Shakespeare did not write his plays, and Herbie decides to help him.
Herbie and Flaming Carrot discover that comedian Buddy Hackett was part of a team with Shakespeare and Dogwood gets his job back (although without any mention of his salary doubling}.
Source: Flaming Carrot #31 p.11 (1994)
Updated: 2012-03-26
Herbie and Flaming Carrot discover that comedian Buddy Hackett was part of a team with Shakespeare and Dogwood gets his job back (although without any mention of his salary doubling}.