Today, let’s call him Popeye the $28.2 Million Man. That was the sale price against the estimate of about $25 million for Jeff Koons’s stainless steel sculpture, “Popeye.” Beautifully finished in colorful, jewel-like glazes, the statue was part of a $364.4 million sale of contemporary art at Sotheby’s in New York on May 14.
Popeye’s first appearance in Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929
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!
Prepaid debit card provider CARD.com is bringing a very special debit card to the U.S. market: several unique and heartwarming cards featuring the world’s most famous Sailor Man! Mirroring Popeye’s famous associations with strength and good health, fans will be able to take charge of their finances while making a bold statement about their own fun-filled personalities. To sign up for a Popeye prepaid debit card online, click here.