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Popeye and Olive OylPopeye the Sailor Man has been a favorite cartoon character for generations.

For over 75 years, generations have viewed the comedic actions of a unique figure in film history, Popeye the Sailor man.

Popeye is the spinach-eating cartoon swab created for the "Thimble Theatre" comic strip on January 17, 1929 by E.C. Segar.

Popeye cartoons include his favorite pals such as Olive Oyl (sometimes spelt as Olive Oil), Brutus (Bluto), Swea' Pea (also spelled as Sweat Pea) and other comic characters.

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These cartoons about Popeye the Sailor can be watched streaming online, or download when available in the public domain. Find out more about watching and downloading Free Movies.

  • "Cooking With Gags" (1954) Bluto plays gags on Popeye and Olive on April Fool's Day. Public domain movies. Runtime 6 minutes 33 seconds.
  • Popeye The Sailor "Popeye's Pappy" (1952). Popeye save Poopdeck Pappy from the cannibals. Runtime 6 minutes, 41 seconds.
  • "Patriotic Popeye" (1957) Popeye's nephews get into mischief, but Popeye saves the day. Runtime 6 minutes.
  • "Shut Eye Popeye" (1952) A fight breaks out between Popeye and Mouse. Runtime 8 minutes.
  • "Out to Lunch" (1956). Public domain torrents. Runtime 6 minutes, 10 seconds.
  • "Gopher Spinach" (1954). Popeye tries to rid his garden of a pesky gopher. Public domain. Runtime 6 minutes 27 seconds.

The Story of Popeye the Sailor

"Betty Boop" was also born from that era and Max Fleischer who was a great fan of "Thimble Theatre," plucked Popeye, Olive Oyl and Bluto from the funny papers putting each into one animated film.

On July 14th, 1933, the comic strip trio appeared in one of the Betty Boop entries titled, "Popeye the Sailor." Popeye passed the test and his own series began three months later.

Popeye has appeared in comic books, television cartoons, arcade and video games, hundreds of advertisements and peripheral products, and including a 1980 live-action film directed by Robert Altman starring comedian Robin Williams as Popeye.

Some people might spell Popeye the Sailorman as Popeye the Sailerman, Salor, Salour by mistake or Pop Eye. Popeye cartoons include his favorite pals such as Olive Oyl (sometimes spelt as Olive Oil), Brutus (Bluto), Swea' Pea (also spelled as Sweat Pea) and other comic characters. Read more about the 85th anniversary of Popeye the Sailor Man.

Popeye's love for spinach

Popeye(left) The one-eyed sailor prepares to eat his spinach in "Popeye the Sailor" (Fleisher Studios, 1933).

Generations of children have been told by their parents, “Eat your spinach and you’ll be strong like Popeye the Sailor Man”.

It may come as a surprise to learn Popeye’s original source of strength was not the green vegetable.  

Popeye first appeared in the Thimble Theatre comic strip on January 17, 1929 created by E.C. Segar. During his first adventure Popeye is shot multiple times by crime boss, Jack Snork.  The sailor then rubbed the feathers of the Whiffle Hen to bring him luck.  The hen’s powers healed the sailor’s injuries and he knocked out Snork with a blow from his fist!

Popeye would continue to dazzle newspaper audiences with feats of strength which pre-dated anything Superman would accomplish.  Segar eventually phased out The Whiffle Hen and had to come up with another explanation for Popeye’s super abilities.  When asked, on June 26, 1931, “How are you able to do such things?”  Popeye replied, “Tha’s easy. I eats Spinach.” Continue reading about Popeye's love for spinach.

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Remembering Popeye’s Bumblebee

On January 17, 2014 Popeye the Sailor turned 85 years old.  The sailor man with a passion for spinach and Olive Oyl made his debut in the Thimble Theatre comic strip created by E.C. Segar. For decades Segar’s work, including his successors Bud Sagendorf and Bobby London, have been reprinted for new generations to discover.  Although reprinted in comic book format during the 1940’s and 1950’s the work of one Popeye’s greatest cartoonists has been slighted: Bela “Bill” Zaboly.

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Popeye: An Illustrated Cultural HistoryPopeye Paperback

by Fred M. Grandinetti

This comprehensive and lavishly illustrated history is a thoroughly updated and revised edition of the highly acclaimed 1994 work. Animated series and films are examined, noting the different directions each studio took and the changing character designs of the Popeye family. Popeye in other media—comics, books, radio, and a stage play—is thoroughly covered, as are Robert Altman’s 1980 live-action film, and Popeye memorabilia.

Paperback: 337 pages
Publisher: Mcfarland & Co Inc Pub; 2 Sub edition (July 2004)

Jack Mercer, the Voice of PopeyePopeye

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The definitive biography of voice actor Jack Mercer. Voice of Popeye, Felix the Cat, and a thousand others. Completely illustrated with A - Z character list, discography, and massive credit list. A must for any cartoon lover!

Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: BearManor Media (October 20, 2007)


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