Popeye_logoElzie Segar's 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 London.

    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 more!

    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.

    Coming Soon

    Popeye : The Classic Newspaper Comics by Bobby London, Volume Two: 1989-1992

    When we say "complete," we mean COMPLETE! Bobby London's take on the Sailor Man has often been overshadowed by his being fired from the strip in 1992, ostensibly for presenting a storyline that was an allegory about abortion. In that ultimate tale, Olive had become addicted to the Home Shopping Network and ordered a Baby Brutus mechanical doll. When Popeye insists that she get rid of the "baby," two priests mistakenly believe that the baby is real and that Olive is going exercise her pro-choice rights. King Features Syndicate pulled the final three weeks of strips and daily newspapers began running reprints. Story over in mid-stream.

    Now, twenty-two years later, thanks to the kind cooperation of the good folks at King Features, those three weeks will be included in this second volume of our series. But wait…that's not all! Turns out that Bobby London produced an additional six weeks of strips beyond the three that were pulled from syndication! This book contains—for the first time anywhere—ALL NINE weeks of "censored" Bobby London Popeye strips. Trust us, it's worth the wait!

    8.5” x 7.5” B&W hardcover-with-dustjacket, 344 pp, $39.99.