POPEYE THE SAILOR Biography - Fictional, Iconical & Mythological characters


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Name: Popeye                                                                             
Popeye the Sailor is a fictional hero famous for appearing in comic strips and           
animated films as well as numerous TV shows. He was created by Elzie Crisler             
Segar, and first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip Thimble                 
Theatre on January 17, 1929.                                                             
Although Segar's Thimble Theatre strip, first published on December 19, 1919,             
was in its tenth year when Popeye made his debut, the sailor quickly became the           
main focus of the strip and Thimble Theatre became one of King Features' most             
popular strips during the 1930s. Thimble Theatre was carried on after Segar's             
death in 1938 by several writers and artists, including Segar's assistant Bud             
Sagendorf. The strip, now titled Popeye, continues to appear in first-run                 
installments in Sunday papers, written and drawn by Hy Eisman.                           
In 1933, Max and Dave Fleischer's Fleischer Studios adapted the Thimble Theatre           
characters into a series of Popeye the Sailor theatrical cartoon shorts for               
Paramount Pictures. These cartoons proved to be among the most popular of the             
1930s, and the Fleischers and later Paramount's own Famous Studios continued             
production through 1957.                                                                 
Since then, Popeye has appeared in comic books, television cartoons, a 1980 live-action   
film (Popeye, directed by Robert Altman), arcade and video games, and hundreds           
of advertisements and peripheral products.