POPEYE LOVES NATIONAL SPINACH DAY
Popeye is what he is, a good-guy underdog with bulging forearms, a mean uppercut and a penchant for canned spinach. The only thing he loves more than spinach and the sea is his feisty, flirty girlfriend, Olive Oyl.
Cartoonist and writer, Elzie Crisler (E.C.) Segar,
is born in Chester, Illinois.
E.C. Segar begins work at William Randolph Hearst’s New York Journal where on December 19 he launches the “The Thimble Theatre” comic strip starring Olive Oyl and Harold Ham Gravy.
On January 25, the initial Sunday episode of "Thimble Theatre" is published and the cast grows to include Olive and Castor’s parents, Cole and Nana Oyl, then Castor’s wife, Cylinda, in 1926.
On January 17, E.C. Segar introduces the character Popeye to the "Thimble Theatre"
cast with his famous first line — ’Ja think
I’m a cowboy?!.
Fun Fact: Popeye is known as Iron Arm in Italy, Karl Alfred in Sweden and Skipper Skraek or "Terror of the Sea" in Denmark.
On August 27, Olive Oyl steals Popeye’s heart when she mistakenly kisses him on the cheek, starting their long, tumultuous love affair.
The spinach industry credits Segar and Popeye with increasing the United States consumption of spinach by 33%!
Fun Fact: Popeye’s canned and fresh spinach has been available for consumption for decades and is still available today! Click HERE to find out more!
On September 12, Popeye first encounters “Bluto the Terrible.” Bluto was later adapted into animated form by Fleischer Studios in 1933.
Fun Fact: Bluto is also known as Brutus.
On April 10, J. Wellington Wimpy coins his famous catchphrase - "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today".
Fun Fact: His phrase originally started in 1931 as, "Cook me up a hamburger. I'll pay you Thursday."
Popeye makes his silver screen debut in the July 14, 1933 Betty Boop cartoon entitled "Popeye the Sailor", produced by Fleischer Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures. Popeye was originally voiced by William Costello and later by Jack Mercer. Popeye’s first animated appearance also introduces his theme song, "I’m Popeye the Sailor Man," composed by Sammy Lerner, giving birth to Popeye’s most famous line "I’m strong to da finich ‘cause I eats my spinach."
On July 24, Popeye finds the “infink” Swee'Pea on his doorstep and decides to adopt him.
"I Yam What I Yam" is the first cartoon in the Popeye series produced by the Fleischer Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures between 1933 and 1942.
Fun Fact: Popeye was one of the most popular cartoon stars from the 1930s through the 1960s with 600+ Popeye cartoons in existence.
The Popeye the Sailor radio program airs 15-minute episodes three times a week. Supporting voices included Detmar Poppen as Popeye, Olive Lamoy as Olive Oyl, Charles Lawrence as Wimpy, Jackson Beck as Bluto and Mae Questel as Swee’Pea.
On March 16, Olive Oyl’s Uncle Ben gives her a gift – a pet named Eugene the Jeep — a mysterious, magical animal he found in Africa.
Spinach Capital of the World, Crystal City, Texas, erects a statue to honor E.C. Segar and Popeye for their influence on America's spinach eating habits, making Popeye one of the first cartoon characters ever immortalized in public sculpture.
“The Mighty Navy” is the first of several war-related cartoon shorts starring Popeye.
Fun Fact: This is the first time Popeye appears in an all-white uniform.
Popeye’s animated adventures are produced by Famous Studios.
In February, Dell Comics publishes Popeye’s first comic book series, written by Bud Sagendorf. Later comic series were published by Gold Key, King Comics, Charlton Comics and Whitman Comics.
November 27th, 1957 – On Thanksgiving Day, 1957, a 56-foot-tall Popeye balloon soared through New York City. He continued to wow the parade’s onlookers for the next ten years, his last year being 1968. The balloon was created by Goodyear engineer William Ludwick and draftsman Jack Grisak of Goodyear Tire and Rubber's Aviation Products Division.
King Features Syndicate produces a new series of cartoon adventures entitled Popeye the Sailor for TV syndication.
Andy Warhol debuts the concept of “pop art” in 1961 with a collection of paintings including a piece entitled, Saturday’s Popeye.
Popeye was one of the very first Pop paintings that artist Roy Lichtenstein created in the summer of 1961.
In Summer 1976, Tokyo based Magazine House launches “Popeye” magazine, the first fashion and lifestyle magazine to be published in Japan that targets young, Japanese men.
Fun Fact: The magazine is named “Popeye” because the creator’s young son was a fan
To honor Popeye’s creator, E.C. Segar, a 6 ft. tall, 900-pound bronze statue of Popeye is erected in Chester, IL in Elzie C. Segar Memorial Park. The “Home of Popeye,” Chester, IL was E.C. Segar’s birthplace and the Popeye & Friends Character Trail begins there. It includes statues honoring many other Thimble Theater characters, and features a new installment each year. An annual Popeye Picnic and parade is also held in Chester the weekend after Labor Day.
Hanna-Barbera Productions releases The All-New Popeye Hour, an animated series of 60-minute episodes that aired as part of the CBS Sunday Morning lineup. Later, in 1981, the show was cut into shorter 30-minutes episodes and re-titled The Popeye and Olive Show, which ran on CBS until 1983.
Paramount Pictures releases a live-action, musical motion picture “Popeye” on December 12, 1980. The film was directed by Robert Altman and starred Robin Williams as Popeye and Shelley Duvall as Olive Oyl.
Fun Fact: The Popeye Village in Malta still exists today! It has grown from its days as a film set for the 1980 Musical Production 'Popeye' into one of the major tourist attractions on the Maltese Islands.
Nintendo™ launches the Popeye arcade game.
The U.S. Postal Service features Popeye in its "American Comic Classics" collection of postage stamps issued to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American comic strip.
In 1995, Moschino launches the Cheap & Chic fragrance in an Olive Oyl shaped perfume bottle, a design which was then recognized in 1996 when it received the FIFI Award for Best Women’s Packaging of the Year. The packaging has continued to evolve over the years and new iterations of the original design were produced in 2001, 2005, 2008, 2009 and in 2013.
Popeye and Son, an additional Hanna-Barbera animated series runs.
Popeye and his friends sail into home port in Orlando, Florida as Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure® theme park opens, launching the churning white-water raft ride, Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges® and Popeye’s ship- Me Ship, The Olive™ - an interactive play area for kids.
Popeye becomes the first-ever brand to takeover the lights of Empire State Building – the tower glowed green from Jan 16-18 in celebration of Popeye’s 75th Anniversary.
In November, Popeye officially adopts Swee’pea in a ceremony officiated by Judge Greg Mathis and hosted by the National Council for Adoption.
Popeye’s first-ever 3-D, CGI animated production “Popeye’s Voyage: The Quest for Pappy” airs on Fox.
Popeye appears in an advertisement for BMW in Spain.
Nintendo® releases a Game Boy® Advance version of the 1980s arcade game! Popeye® Rush for Spinach, is developed and released by Namco Networks.
Popeye is quoted in a Pepsi advertisement.
Olive Oyl stars in a commercial for Prego pasta sauce.
Nearly 75 years after Popeye’s silver screen debut, Warner Home Video releases classic Popeye the Sailor episodes from 1933-1943 in 3 volumes on DVD.
Popeye is featured as the Google Doodle on December 8 in honor of his creator Elzie Crisler Segar’s birthday. The image appeared with scroll-over text, "E.C. Segar’s Birthday."
Artist Jeff Koons creates a statue in Popeye’s likeness in mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, which in 2014 sold to Steve Wynn for $28 Million at auction. Today, Popeye and his can of spinach reside at The Wynn hotel in Las Vegas.
Olive Oyl appears in a UK advertisement for Kerrygold spreadable butter.
Wimpy and Popeye star in a commercial for Bank of America in which Wimpy finally pays his debts.
Designer Jean Paul Gaultier globally launches his “Le Male” fragrance, inspired by Popeye, across Europe and in the US.
Spinach isn’t the only think that keeps Popeye strong! In Canada, he serves as a milk spokesperson for Le Lait.
Kiehl’s launches two Popeye-themed men’s care kits for Father’s Day at David Jones in Australia.
Havaianas releases Popeye, Olive Oyl and Bluto flip-flops styles.
Joyrich launches collections of Popeye apparel for both men and women.
"Popeye and Friends Official" YouTube Channel Launches.
In April, Norwegian designer brand Moods of Norway launches their Popeye collection
In Fall, 2017 Popeye officially sponsors Tough Mudder obstacle races in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia.
Artist Jeff Koons partners with Snapchat to release an augmented reality "World Lense" of his famous Popeye sculpture, available for activation in 9 public parks around the world.
On June 8, Olive Oyl appears in Moschino’s Spring/Summer 2018 Menswear and Women’s Resort Collection at Milk Studios in Hollywood, California.
Lindt chocolatiers celebrated Valentine’s Day in Italy with Popeye and Olive Oyl designed boxes of chocolate.
On February 18, New Era releases a limited number of designed caps from their Popeye capsule collection at the 2018 NBA All Stars game.
Designer streetwear brand, Iceberg launches a Popeye apparel collection with a promotional campaign featuring American model, Lucky Blue Smith.
Popeye collaborates with streetwear designer, A Bathing Ape to launch a capsule collection of apparel and accessories for kids and adults.
Funko, one of the leading creators and innovators of collectible licensed pop culture products, releases the first Popeye Funko Pop! vinyl figure
Athletic apparel specialist Taymory, releases a special collection of Popeye themed racing gear, perfect for triathletes in training that includes performance swimwear, biking jerseys and training socks.
Mezco Toyz releases a high-end, highly collectible transforming Popeye figure.
On December 2, Popeye’s first short form content series developed specifically for YouTube, Popeye’s Island Adventures, launches on the Popeye and Friends Official YouTube Channel.
On December 11, Warner Bros. releases “Popeye the Sailor: The 1940s Volume 1” on DVD and Blu-ray, marking the first time Popeye’s original theatrical color cartoons are made available for home viewing by the public.
On January 17, Popeye kicks off his 90th birthday celebration with the relaunch of "Popeye's Cartoon Club" comic strip series on ComicsKingdom.com. First seen in the 1930s, the original "Popeye's Cartoon Club" ran at the end of E.C. Segar's "The Thimble Theater" comic strip and featured Popeye fan art.
On January 19th, Brazil's Museum of Image and Sound (Museu da Imagem e do Som) celebrates Popeye's 90th birthday with a special comic exhibit that teaches fans about Popeye's history and how to draw him.
On February 7th, Popeye launches a groundbreaking apparel and accessories collection with augmented reality fashion brand, de Kryptic.
On March 8th, Popeye, Olive Oyl and Wimpy hit the streets with popular streetwear brand, HUF Worldwide, in a knockout collection of apparel and accessories.
In Spring 2019, Razor MD opens Popeye Barber shop online - an exclusive online 90th anniversary offering of men’s grooming kits featuring Popeye and Bluto
Zara releases worldwide collections of Popeye and friends apparel for Men, Women and Kids.
Popeye partners with New York City and Chicago foodie favorite, Dos Toros, to unveil their new Spring Veggie Mix.
And popular food media brand, Delish, releases a Popeye-inspired Creamy Spinach and Artichoke pasta recipe video.
Asian streetwear brand, STAYREAL, launches a 90th Anniversary Popeye apparel and accessories line for Men and Women in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan.
On July 8th, Scotch & Soda unveiled “The Boathouse” a limited-edition capsule collection starring Brutus (aka Bluto).
On February 26th, United Colors of Benetton unveiled an eco-conscious fashion line starring Popeye for Men, Women and Kids.
June 22 - August 4, Popeye joined forces with pop culture leader YOHO! and Joy City Mall in Beijing to Present 90th Anniversary Art Exhibition.
On April 13, Popeye joined The SeaCleaners’ fight against plastic pollution by raising awareness of the ocean clean-up organization’s conservation efforts worldwide.
In February, Filson launched limited-edition clothing, stickers and stoneware mugs for Popeye; they issued a follow up collection in 2021.
Sustainable fashion brand, Original Marines teamed up with Popeye and Olive Oyl to launch a global collection of playful apparel for Boys and Girls.
On December 7th, Popeye’s first ever collaboration with Australian sportswear company, The WOD Life was released, featuring Men’s and Women’s fitness apparel and accessories.
On September 8, the world’s leading bespoke wristwatch label, UNDONE, released a set of two limited edition Popeye inspired timepieces.
On May 15th, Popeye and Olive Oyl star in promotional campaign for JOYL’s Ajinomoto olive oil products including TV commercials and print ads. The campaign was renewed for a second year in 2021.
On November 16, Popeye and Florida-based food and beverage company Jade City Foods launched a collection of high-end Popeye & Friends-inspired hot sauces and coffee flavors. Shop here!
On June 15, GAP release a Popeye and Friends apparel collection in China.
On May 24th, Brazilian luxury brand focused on sustainable fashion, À La Garçonne, launched a Popeye-inspired line featuring tailored t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, pants, shorts.
On May 24th, Brazilian luxury brand focused on sustainable fashion, À La Garçonne, launched a Popeye-inspired line featuring tailored t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, pants, shorts.
November 12th, 2021 - Leading apparel brand, Starter Brazil launches a new streetwear collection inspired by Popeye. The unique line includes apparel and accessories for both Men and Women.
January 25, 2022 - Popeye Golf USA store launches on Amazon featuring Popeye branded golf gear and apparel.
January 27th – February 6th, Angry Birds Friends launched a week-long Popeye themed tournament in support of ocean clean-up organization, The SeaCleaners.
January 30, 2022, Popeye® Sail Club — the worlds most advanced, rewarding, and sustainable boating club – was announced. Powered by Pick a Pier and Blue Flag, the online platform leverages a robust network of marinas and cutting-edge technology to unlock a more convenient and sustainable boating experience.
In January, Funko dropped first-ever NFT featuring Popeye as part of their Retro Comics collection
February 8th, 2022 - Longtime Popeye partner, luxury brand ICEBERG, releases a Popeye themed men’s ready-to-wear collection inspired by the sailor’s optimism and self-confidence.
March 4th, 2023 - Luxury brand MONCLER unveils their playful and bold Olive Oyl inspired capsule collection highlighting the character’s unique personal style, independence, and lively personality.
Menswear brand, Intimissimi features Popeye in a new collection accented with the sailor’s trademark nautical style, and tough but playful persona.
March 22, 2022 - Virat Kohli, WRONG co-creator, brand ambassador, and cricket star, teams up with Popeye to launch an exciting new apparel line in his home of India, where some of the sailor’s biggest fans also reside.
March 22nd, 2022 - Men’s streetwear brand, Noah, features Popeye in their collection of apparel and range of nautical-themed accessories, including a clam knife, towel, and more.
April 18th, 2022 - Unique Vintage partners with Popeye for collection of vintage-inspired pieces celebrating Olive Oyl and the spinach-eating sailor himself.
September 22nd, 2022 - Permoda’s (KOAJ) inspiration to create a clothing collection came from Popeye’s rugged, nautical style and his personality as someone who is persistent and fights for his values. The full line includes shirts, blouses and hoodies in various sizes for men, women, and kids.
September, 2022 - Popeye and Lefties, international leader of affordable and inclusive clothing, have teamed up for an apparel collection featuring the iconic character. The exclusive collection began rolling out designs worldwide this past Fall including T-shirts, shorts, tops, sweatshirts, socks, pajamas, and jogger pants for both men and women.
October 12th 2022 - Franck Muller x Bamford Watch Department Releases Popeye Inspired Vanguard© watch featuring our favorite sailor man and Swee’Pea.
October 13th , 2022 - Clover Press and Yoe! Books team up to create Popeye Variations: Not Yer Pappy's Comics an' Art Book, a 10" x 10" hardcover book featuring over 100 illustrations from 75 underground and mainstream artists and cartoonists with their own unique takes on our Sailor Man.
November 9th, 2022 - Hollywood heritage brand, Von Dutch, teams up with Popeye and The SeaCleaners for a custom apparel collection supporting the fight for a pollution-free Ocean. To promote the collab, Von Dutch hosted an influential dinner, sparking the interest of many.
November 21st, 2022 - New Manga style comic made by Marcus Williams. By infusing the traditional Shonen style with a modern twist, the plot will explore the mystery behind Popeye’s missing eye.
November 23st, 2022 - Popeye and Olive take to the beaches of France with this new collection of casual tees.
December 7th, 2022 - Produced in collaboration between Reservoir and LabelNoir and featuring the famed cartoon character Popeye, this new 200-piece limited edition brings a nostalgic icon to the wrist in sleek fashion. The timepiece embodies the ready-for-anything attitude of Popeye with the bold spirit of Reservoir and unexpected creativity of LabelNoir.
January 5, 2023 - New Souled Store collection from India features the whole gang in fun, exciting poses.
January 10th, 2023 - Wimpy takes center stage in Fantagraphics's new Popeye Volume 2: Wimpy and His Hamburgers. Featuring laugh-out-loud gags, sensational slugfests, and an endearing cast of characters, this Wimpy-centric volume of classic Popeye adventures emphatically answers the question: Where's the beef?
January 15, 2023 - C-Life Group collection brings Popeye online and into Target stores near you!
March 1st, 2023 – RE/DONE and Popeye launch vintage style, spring collection including sweaters, sweatshirts, and tees.
April 23rd, 2023 - Olive Oyl x Loungerie's Mother's Day collection celebrates how mother's can be anything they want
April 24th, 2023 - Profits from the World of Warships' first-ever collaboration with iconic character Popeye the Sailor Man supports the ocean conservation and veterans’ charity FORCE BLUE along with a $50K donation by the gaming studio in celebration of World Ocean Month.
April 28th, 2023 - Women's Secret launches loungewear featuring our favorite sailor man.
May 5th, 2023 - High Company released a new Popeye-inspired collection that is as tough and cool as the salty sailor himself. The collection is supported by a design takeover of the flagship store and social campaign.
May 9th, 2023 Hunt for treasure with these new building blocks featuring Popeye & Olive and the Me Ship! from Guangdong Pinqi.
June 14th, 2023 - Hush Puppies collaborated with Popeye & Friends to create a fun shoe collection, celebrating our lovable and unique characters.
September 6th, 2023 – Vintage inspired, nautical bedding featuring Popeye and Friends is available from Brazilian home goods store, Artex.
September 8th, 2023 - Popeye and Olive Oyl teamed up with L’Oréal, the world’s leading beauty brand, to celebrate the Qixi Festival in China, also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day, in support of L’Oréal’s Paris Men Expert collection.