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Huckleberry is a superhero Webcomic created by Matter Cosmic. It is a deliberately lighthearted story, fully embracing the silly aspects of the Golden and Silver Ages of superhero comics.

The eponymous protagonist, Huckleberry, is a young Plant Person and a fruit themed superhero. His career begins in Chunkystew, a small, eccentric desert town somewhere in the author's preexisting Fantasy Kitchen Sink setting. The comic follows his progression as a costumed adventurer and contains many puns.


Huckleberry provides examples of:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: One location is called Mock Mountain.
  • All Deserts Have Cacti: Cacti frequently show up in the background of outdoors panels.
  • Alliterative Title: All the main issue titles so far are alliterative.
    • Issue 1: "Hello, Huckleberry!"
    • Issue 2: "At war with a worm"
    • Issue 3: "Colorful Chaos"
    • Issue 4: "World of worms"
  • Alt Text: It's often used for jokes at the expense of the characters.
  • Another Dimension: The introduction gives us a glimpse of a portal that opened several years ago, bringing extradimensional heroes and villains into the desert and starting the Heroic Age. Most of them eventually went back to their universe.
  • Big Ball of Violence: When Huckleberry fights Mechaworm, it creates a cloud of dust with impact stars and fists flying out.
  • Bullet Seed: One of Mechaworm's weapons is an apple-shaped gun which fires seeds filled with cyanide.
  • Advertisement:
  • The Cameo: Stan Lee briefly appears in the very first issue to sell a Superglue comic to Huckleberry. It was intended as a tribute after he passed away.
  • Demonic Possession: Nihk-Nahkt the mummy possesses the Diamondback's body by wrapping it in bandages.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Pulpland controls earth, sand, and rocks.
  • Domino Mask: Huck wears a purple one that covers almost half of his face. He also keeps spare masks around.
  • Elemental Speed: Huckleberry can produce banana atoms and slide on them, giving him a slippery, vegetal version of super speed.
  • The Face of the Sun: Some pages show a sun with a face and various expressions, even looking sadistic when scorching an evil mummy.
  • Fastest Thing Alive: Superfast is said to be the "fastest superhero of all".
  • Feathered Serpent: There is at least one "serpixie" slithering in the background. It's a normal-sized snake with feathered wings, described as a "nature-aligned amphiptere".
  • Fun with Acronyms:
    • All the pages that explain the protagonist's powers have titles beginning with HAHA (Huckleberry's Awesome Hidden Abilities).
    • Every page of the Diamondback Under the Desert short story is titled "DUD page 1", "DUD page 2" and so on.
  • Fuuma Shuriken: In the second issue, Morning Star successfully throws a person-sized star ornament like a big shuriken.
  • An Ice Person: Winter Princess can create and manipulate snow, as seen in this Christmas side story, where she uses it to make a snowman and create a snow arm to lift and throw a ball.
  • In-Series Nickname: Huckleberry is called "Huck" for short.
  • Kid Hero: Huckleberry's exact age hasn't been revealed, but he was born during the recent Heroic Age, and everyone calls him a kid. He also survived many encounters with supervillains or powerful creatures.
  • Malaproper: Huckleberry sometimes mixes up words and sayings, like saying "armordingo" instead of "armadillo", or "who in tarantula" instead of "who in tarnation".
  • Morning Routine: The first issue uses half a page to show Huckleberry waking up, singing "awful shower songs", and having a big breakfast. The following issue also shows him waking up... then skips ahead to the actual plot.
  • Mummy: Nihk-Nahkt the mummy is an undead predator who possesses bodies by wrapping them in bandages. According to the author notes on DUD page 3, there are many kinds of mummies.
  • no punctuation is funnier: In issue 4, when Huck slips on some oil and goes flying, his reaction is just "why".
  • Our Kobolds Are Different: Kobolds are humanoids with muddy green skin. They're said to be very capricious.
  • Plant Hair: As a plantman, Huck got a full head of leaves. They occasionally molt like feathers.
  • Plant Person: Huckleberry is a plant-based humanoid. He has green skin, leaves for hair, and plant-based powers like generating citric acid and wooden shells.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Interestingly inverted with Huckleberry, the heroic protagonist, who wears the colors of a Secondary Color Nemesis (purple and orange costume, green hair and boots).
  • Pun-Based Creature: The Diamondback is a desert snake with literal diamonds growing on its back.
  • Rock Monster: Huck discovers the "Rock Giant" in the first issue. It's so big that its head alone passes for a mountain.
  • Semantic Superpower: Huckleberry is a fruit-themed plant person. This means he possesses a variety of vegetal abilities, such as citric acid projection, generating a thorny protective shell, or sliding like a banana peel.
  • Sssssnaketalk: Snakes such as the Diamondback draw out their s's when they talk, and even in their thoughts.
  • Super Speed: Huckleberry's banana-based superspeed makes him go very fast, with immunity to air friction and some control over his direction. However, he's still behind Superfast, who is "the fastest superhero of all".
  • Symbol Motif Clothing:
    • Huckleberry wears a purple costume with many orange fruit shapes.
    • Morning Star wears a star-patterned robe.
  • Symbol Swearing: Turns out Huck takes it literally, and utters things like "Skull and percents!".
  • That's No Moon!: In the first issue, Huckleberry climbs a mountain that turns out to be a rock giant.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: When Mechaworm's first fight against Huck is interrupted by the more powerful Morning Star, he immediately calls it quits.
    Mechaworm: I'll be back with a better scheme, and Morning Star will fall! Until then... bye!
  • Visual Pun: In a page titled "Nightcrawler", a worm is seen crawling his way into town at night.
  • We Need a Distraction: In the 2021 Advent Calendar story, Winter Princess creates a snowman to distract the Ochre Golem so she can get past it.
  • Worm in an Apple: Mechaworm, a Mad Scientist worm, invokes this when he wears his apple-shaped armor. He also had an apple-shaped laboratory, and uses an apple seed gun.
  • You Mean "Xmas": The Desert Towns have a Christmas-like midwinter event where extradimensional plants inside Mock Mountain produce gifts and send them to well-behaved people.
  • "You!" Squared: When Huckleberry and Mechaworm run into each other again in issue 4, they say "You!" at the same time.