Archive for: E.C. Segar

Strange Windows: Monumental

An examination of monuments of Popeye, Mickey, Peanuts, and other cartoon characters.

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Strange Windows: Keeping Up with the Goonses (part 2)

Jeep! Jeep! This is part two of our survey of language spawned by comics and cartoons. Here’s a strip that, in comics, is one of the richest contributors to the language: Thimble Theatre, better known worldwide by the name of its protagonist, the sailor Popeye. The strip’s creator, Elzie Segar (1894– 1938) is credited with several coinages, some […]

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DWYCK: Critiquing a Lively Art

High art, low art, critics and Popeye.

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Phooey From Me to You: Huh

Back in the day, I used to watch Popeye cartoons.  I liked them OK, although I enjoyed Scoobie Doo more.  Olive Oyl was feisty, and she didn’t wait around to be rescued.  She was a force to be reckoned with.  I never really liked Popeye himself, since he was kind of dumb and kind of […]

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Phooey from me to you: Who cares about Sappo?

For me, E.C. Segar’s Popeye remains, no matter what Noah says, not only one of the great comics of the 20th century but a great piece of Americana as well. It manages to combine hilarious slapstick, daffy absurdity, high adventure, sentimental melodrama and still create genuine emotion and care for the cast’s well-being. It deserves […]

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Phooey From Me To You: Masters of American Television

I organized this roundtable as an excuse to look at some of the E.C. Segar Popeye strips. I’d never read them, and many people love them, obviously, so I figured this was a good chance to catch up. After reading a couple of reviews, I tried the Plunder Island volume, often mentioned as the highpoint […]

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Phooey From Me to You: Six or Seven Things I Know about Popeye

1. Popeye is old. I don’t mean the strip is old.  Everybody knows the strip is old.  I mean Popeye himself is supposed to be a senior citizen.  He’s a grizzled old sailor, with emphasis on the old, with extra old added on. 

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