Photo: Fred Grandinetti with Spiderman
Articles by Fred Grandinetti
Brutus Act of Kindness
In 2020 Popeye’s rival for the affection of Olive Oyl, Brutus, celebrates his 60th birthday. Brutus paid a special visit to Watertown Massachusetts in 1994. I contacted Jackson Beck who provided the bully’s voice asking if he could perform it for my cable access series Drawing With Fred. Continue reading about Brutus.
Blow Me Down! Ninety Years of Popeye!
Popeye the Sailor turned 90 on January 17, 2019. He was originally created by E.C. Segar for his Thimble Theatre comic strip. Segar was born on December 8, 1894 and raised in Chester, Illinois. At the age of 18 he decided to become a cartoonist and took a correspondence course from W.L. Evans from Cleveland, Ohio. Continue reading about Popeye's 90th Birthday.
Strong to the ‘Finich’…Highlights of Popeye’s Spinach!
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. Read the story of Popeye and his spinach.
Cuyle Carvin and By the C
Film and television actor, Cuyle Carvin, has appeared in front of the camera in numerous productions. He has appeared in the horror films, Alien Opponent, Assault of the Sasquatch, Fog Warning and the award winning web series Revelations.
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.
Brandon Stumpf Juggles Several Artistic Fields
Brandon Stumpf has been referred to by several names over the years. These monikers include Spiderman, Iron Man, Chief Greg Buxon, Lawson, Detective Ryan and Popeye. From his two daughters he is known as Daddy.
A Batman for all Generations!
On many occasions I have witnessed a young child grabbing the latest Batman related comic book. If the child is accompanied by a parental figure, I inform them that The Dark Knight has not been a children’s character for quite a while. For the past decade Batman’s stories have been filled with gruesome scenes depicting torture, blood, decapitation and death. This is in contrast to the latest Batman action figure, sitting on a toy store’s shelf, eagerly waiting to be played with by a young child. Many parent’s memories of Batman harkens back to the live-action television series. Continue reading.
Jeannie's 50 Years of Magical Success in Syndication!
In the U.S. industry syndication is where the real money is made when a television series concludes its network run. While the initial run of any particular program may theoretically lose money for its producing studio it is the hope a successful run in syndication will generate enough profit to balance out any losses. Read about Jeannie's Magical Success in Syndication!
The Many Faces of Cuyle Carvin
Several months ago actor Cuyle Carvin gave me a DVD of the film Fog Warning where he plays Karl. Due to my malfunctioning player the movie began in the middle of the picture. Karl was discussing how his delinquent father, now in a rest home, was begging him to visit. Read about The Many Faces of Cuyle Carvin.
Popeye: Over 75 years old and still goin'
For 75 years, generations have viewed the comedic actions of a unique figure in film history, Popeye the Sailor man. The spinach-eating swab was created for the "Thimble Theatre" comic strip in 1929 by E.C. Segar. Despite his success in the funnies, more people know of the character from his appearances in over 500 animated cartoons produced for both motion pictures and television. Read about Popeye: Over 75 years old and still goin'.
Fred Grandinetti Books Available on Amazon.com
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 mediacomics, books, radio, and a stage playis 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).
by Fred M. Grandinetti
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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