famous sailor man first appeared as an incidental character in 1929
and soon took center stage in Segar's "Thimble Theatre" troupe.
Popeye is now one of the most famous fictional characters in the
world. Several hands took on the strip following Segar's death in
1938, the longest stint being by Segar's assistant, Bud Sagendorf,
who in 1986 handed the reins to Bobby
Popeye : The Classic Newspaper Comics by Bobby London, Volume One: 1986-1989
Series edited by Dean Mullaney, Introduction by Andrew Farago
Famed Dirty Duck and Air
Pirates cartoonist Bobby London's more than six-year run on
the Popeye newspaper strip has been hailed both as a
unique original creation and as an homage to Elzie Segar's larger
Thimble Theatre vision. "Segar was the seminal [comic
strip] influence in my career," the cartoonist said. London updated
the strip to reflect current pop culture and also brought back the
extended story format favored by Segar. London gives us new yet
familiar versions of Popeye, Olive Oyl, Swee' Pea, and Wimpy, as
well as Popeye's Pappy, Olive's brother Castor, Eugene the Jeep,
Bernice the Whiffle Hen, the menacing Sea Hag, Alice the Goon, and
Bobby London's take on the Sailor Man has often been overshadowed by his being dismissed from the strip in 1992. Now, more than twenty years later, Bobby London fans, as well as Popeye fans, can rejoice with this first of two volumes that will collect every one of his daily Popeye strips.
8.5” x 7.5”
B&W hardcover-with-dustjacket, 344 pp, $39.99.