Herbangelism is a latter-day holy order in the fine tradition of other fannish religions, founded by Elst Weinstein and dedicated to spreading the teachings of the fannish ghod Herbie, based on the lollipop-sucking comic-book character Herbie Popnecker, aka The Fat Fury, who first appeared in Forbidden Worlds #73 in December 1958, published by American Comics Group. He was created by Richard E. Hughes (using the pseudonym "Shane O'Shea") and Ogden Whitney.
Herbie bops evil-doers with his powerful lollipops, which give him superhuman strength and other special abilities. The Hard-to-Get Red Cinnamon Lollipop is especially potent.
Mike Glyer was the Holy Gopher, North American Kahuna, who had under him four Sector Sinbus. It was possible, for a mere monetary consideration, to become a High Priest of Herbie, or, as they were called, Highheads – "a member of the college of the Coo-Coos, one of Those who Spit at the Hand of Fraud; be they Bopper, the Pun, or the Holy Gopher." Leah Zeldes was appointed High Priestess of the Midwest in 1976, largely as a result of an entirely deadpan research paper she had written on Herbangelism for her high-school Comparative Religions class (it was subsequently published in Scientifriction 3, October 1975, p. 11).
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