Frank Caruso, Vice President of Creative at King Features, collaborated with cartoonist Stephen DeStefano, on this special comic strip featuring Olive Oyl and Popeye checking into The Standard, Hollywood. In the strip, Popeye is dropping Olive off at The Standard where she reports to work as the hotel’s popular “box girl.” The comic strip is currently running on the homepage of The Standard’s Culture website at www.standardculture.com. Pretty cool, huh? To see more of what sassy Miss Olive Oyl is up to these days, check out OliveOylLoves.com.
This week’s POPEYE Sunday comic strip pays homage to two American icons: Popeye and the alternative rock band, Wilco. The artwork prominently features the S.S.Wilco sailing into port to deliver Wilco Brand Spinach. Hoards of people are lining up on the dock as Popeye, Olive Oyl, Bluto and the entire gang assist Wilco in handing out cans of Wilco Spinach to the crowds. The art, created by Frank Caruso and Ned Sonntag, features caricatures of Wilco band members: lead singer Jeff Tweedy, bassist John Stirratt, guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalists Pat Sansone and Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche.
Rolling Stone described Wilco as “one of America’s most consistently interesting bands” and “America’s foremost rock impressionists” and their latest collaboration with the cartoon icon Popeye underscores the band’s creativity. Aside from their apparent love for spinach, both Wilco and Popeye also share roots in their home state of Illinois (Chicago and Chester, respectively).
SelfMade Hero, an award-winning, independent, British graphic novel publishing house launched the very first Popeye cookbook , “I Y’Am What I Y’Am, and You Are What You Eat’” fully illustrated with Popeye artwork and comic strips, in their Fall 2011 collection. Well-known cookbook author Josephine Bacon created healthy takes on some all-American classics, vegetarian dinners, health snacks, special smoothies and seaside suppers.