Sunday, January 18, 2009


He is what he is and that's all that he is.

Popeye the Sailor first debuted within the January 17th, 1929 installment of Elzie Crisler Segar's Thimble Theatre, when two of the comic strips original cast: Castor Oyl and Harold Hamgravy, needed to hire a boat to continue an adventure they were in the midst of at the time of the then ten year old strip.
To say that the character stole the show and the rest is history is a serious understatement, although it did not happen overnight. After that adventure, the character did not return until readers' demand and the storyline needed him a few months later.
But the one eyed sailor (or at least he was actually was in the early days, now he just has a bad squint) was undoubtedly the star by the spring of 1931, even winning the love of Castor's sister Olive Oyl away from Harold; although the strip's name was not officially changed to Popeye until the 1970s.
The beloved, at least by his friends, sea man has been in numerous animation efforts, comic books, a 1940s radio show, video games, and even a major motion picture in 1980 with Robin Williams in the title role.

And now to celebrate Popeye's 80th anniversary this past week, here is Ms. Waxy Dragon with a few appropriate jokes.

If he worked in the garment industry, would that make him Popeye the Tailor Man?

What happens if you throw a blue rock into the Red Sea? It gets wet!

How did Popeye divide up the oceans? With a sea-saw.

Sea ya' next weekend for more Sunday Funnies!

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