Well, blow me down! Cartoonist David Reddick, creator of the King Features-syndicated comic strip Intelligent Life, drew these incredible sketches of Popeye, Olive Oyl, Bluto, Wimpy, Eugene the Jeep, and even the Sea Hag. The only character missing is ‘lil Swee’Pea, Popeye’s adorable adopted in’fink!
Just in time for the Big Game on Sunday, below are a couple of vintage Popeye strips that show the mighty mariner making some serious waves for the opposing team. We reckon Popeye would be a formidable athlete on the football field.
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May the best team win on Sunday!
It’s rare that the reporter becomes the story but, as we celebrate the 85th anniversary of Popeye’s first appearance on Jan. 17, 1929, that’s exactly what has happened.
A newspaper arts & entertainment editor in California who was writing a story about the Sailor Man, his creator, Elzie Crisler Segar, and the history of the character contacted us here at King Features for assistance with background information, interviews and artwork. The result? A fantastic cover story on our favorite mariner!