I've heard of this humor feature for the last 25 years and still don't know all about it or it's appeal...yet it's still appealing to me.
Herbie debuted in the December 1958 issue of ACG's "Forbidden Worlds", an anthology sci-fi/fantasy book, and later went on to star in a book of his own. Created by a man named Ogden Whitney, it became a cult hit and minor commercial success heralded, by among others Alan Moore (in my opinion the best writers in comics of the last 30 years) and I seem to remember reading some Hollywood director (Steven Speilberg comes to mind, but I can't recall for sure).
The book was drawn by Whitney in a decidedly illustrative and bland style, a true product of the homogonous 1950's and that seems to be a deliberate part of the humor. Herbie was a fat little nothing...yet had amazing abilities...abilities he viewed as "no big deal".
See for yourself...
Charming, well drawn (dramatic by NOT being dramatic), and curious.
Did Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys foresee the coming of Herbie 13 years earlier when they cut this Fred Rose tune?
Probably not. As curious as Herbie Popnecker I'd say. Hmmmmmm.
Talk to you soon.