Archive for: Popeye

I Continue to be Grumpy: Don’t Do That Direct Adaptation From Comics To Animation!

Looking at animations of Calvin and Hobbes, Achewood, and Axe Cop.

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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: “Largely of Historical Interest”

Reading through my reviews of the first three Fantagraphics collections of E.C. Segar’s Popeye (my review of Volume I is here, II here, and III here), one repeated phrase jumps out at me: “largely of historical interest.” The challenge I gave the work was for it to transcend that description. It occasionally did; there were […]

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Phooey From Me To You: I Yama Lonely Cowboy

“I bet one legend that keeps recurring throughout history, in every culture, is the story of Popeye.”  —Jack Handey Popeye was pretty far removed from his Golden Age when I was first introduced to him, probably through some combination of Hanna-Barbera’s The All-New Popeye Hour (1978-81) on Saturday morning television, whichever Famous Studios shorts were […]

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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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