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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Upcoming Stuff of Interest - Popeye v1 by Segar

by E.C. Segar

Fantagraphics’ Popeye will collect the complete run of Segar’s Thimble Theatre comic strip (dailies and color Sundays) featuring Popeye, re-establishing Segar as one of the first rank of cartoonists who have elevated the comic strip to art. He was the most popular cartoonist of his day, his sense of humor coming straight out of Mark Twain. In this first volume, covering 1928-1930, Popeye’s initial courtship of Olive Oyl takes center stage while Olive’s brother Castor Oyl discovers the mysterious Whiffle Hen. Also, the entire cast meets the Sea Hag for the first time in their pursuit of the “Mystery House” (Popeye’s first extended daily narrative), and Castor Oyl attempts to turn Popeye into a boxing champion in a series of hilarious Sunday strips. These strips pre-figure the rise of superheroes in the 1930s and 1940s.
Hardcover, 11x17, 200pgs, $29.95
Fantagraphics Books JUL063133

I've read some of Segar's early stuff in various reprints before, and it's really funny work, a lot better than you'd expect from most non-Segar Popeye in comics or cartoons. Good to see it added to the list of comic strips getting good comprehensive reprints.

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