Popeye by Elzie Segar is a styled stripand American cartoon figure, which on 17 January 1929 for the first time in strip shape appeared. From 1933 he was also seen in various cartoons by Max Fleischer and Dave Fleischer. Popeye grew so became one of the most famous and most popular comic and cartoon series in the world.


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Comic Book Series[Edit]Edit

Popeye was originally a side character in Elzie Segar's newspaper strip "Thimble Theatre" (1919-1938), who was then mainly around Olive Oyl (Olive Oyl) and her family turned. The series was published for 10 years when Popeye made his debut in 1929. The sailor that super strong is by eating spinach soon became very popular. Even so strong that he was now the central character. The comics were also very popular thanks to the ironic humor and exciting plots.After the untimely death of the 43-year-old Segar in 1938 due to leukemia, his assistants put the popular comic on. Especially Bud Sagendorf showed itself particularly inspired and would help the spinach myth arose during World War II. Because could not be equipped with how long the war would take, what the Government wanted the people taking a drug more fuel efficient to jump with meat, because despite the large livestock in the United States huge amounts of meat had to be introduced. To this end, the popular cartoon character Popeye spinach promote.

Cartoon Series[Edit]Edit

Popeyes success increased international when Max Fleischer and Dave Fleischer, best known for the Betty Boopcartoons, from 1933 to 1941 Paramount Pictures for a whole series of short Popeye cartoons began to make around. They took the next to Olive Oyl and Popeye also hamburgeretende j. Wellington Wimpy about it. Also they took the burly sea dog Blutoabout. This was in the comics to see only one album[1but was fixed in the cartoons the antagonist. Voice actors Jack Mercer and Mae Questel spoke the voices of Popeye and Olive in. The movies always had a fixed plot: Popeye ends up in a delicate situation and just when he threatens to lose does he get his look is everything on top, eat spinach, super strong and defeats his opponent (s) final. Finally he sings his signature song: "I'm Popeye the Sailor Man". Despite this routine formula a success for decades remained Popeye. The spinach consumption in the US rose by 30 per cent at the time, many u.s. soldiers carried a Popeye-tattoo and during the 1930s he was even popular (sometimes even more popular) as Mickey Mouse.

In 1941, the Fleischer studio bankrupt and Paramount Pictures bought everything up. they changed the name of the studio in the "Famous Studios" and continued to make new episodes until 1957. After the rights to the series were sold to Associated Artists Productions (a.a.p.) and in turn sold to United Artists, which would later merge with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which in 1986 in turn was bought by Turner Entertainment . From 1960 to 1962 also brought King Features a new series of Popeye cartoons from around for television. Because it was thought that Paramount had rights on the character "Bluto", designed the lookalike Brutus. Later it was found that King Features is owned the character Bluto, making it back to the cartoons of Hanna-Barbera studios that were made between 1978 and 1987. Although Popeye in all that time the Fleischer Studio continued to be loved-international sign movies still seen as the best animated version. In 2004, Lions Gate Entertainment a computer animation-tv special entitled from around Popeye, Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy. Since 2007, Warner Home Video all original Popeye character movies between 1933 and 1957 restored and released on dvd.

The Popeye-song[Edit]Edit

The episode "Bride and Gloom" of Popeye, with Sammy Lerner in the beginning the specific melody on which his song wrote.

In cartoons, Popeye often sings a song written by Sammy Lerner in 1932,[2that begins with the following lines:

I'm Popeye the Sailor Man. (2 x) (tuut tuut)
I'm Popeye the sailor (2 x) (tuut tuut)
I'm strong to the finish, cause I eats me spinach.
I'm strong to the end, because I eat my spinach
I'm Popeye the Sailor Man. (tuut tuut)
I'm Popeye the sailor (tuut tuut)

Popeye on Dutch television[Edit]Edit

The series of short cartoons in the sixties were by King Features were produced in the Netherlands by VARA brought on the television. It was the original series cartoons of Dutch subtitles provided. At the same time, the program children's bios of the AVRO the The All new Popeye show broadcast, where the cartoons were dubbed entirely in Dutch. The voice of Popeye was played by the actor Joop Doderer. Because these two cartoon series were made especially for television, they were not the quality compared to the original movies from years earlier.


By the early death of Elzie Segar is the Popeye character since the beginning of 2009 in Europe to use royalty-free in publications. Under US law, this is protected up to 2034. In the European Union runs thecopyright for 70 years after the death of the creator. In the United States this term is 95 years. As a result of the royalty-free making the comic hero should everyone in the European Union without paying royaltiesSegars creation use on posters, t-shirts and the like.

On the other hand, the brand remains in the hands of Popeye King Features, a subsidiary of media giant Hearst Corporation. The turnover In 2008 amounted to EUR 1.6 billion. It remains prohibited without more to make an action figure of Popeye or to print it on a can of spinach. The spin-off industry around Popeye grew fairly quickly. In 1937 rose in Crystal City, the fabricated spinach capital, a Popeye statue. J. Wellington Wimpy from the Popeye strips, a bijfiguurtje that love is on hamburgers, granted his name later to the hamburger chain Wimpy's.


  • The idea that Popeye spinach by super strong is incorrectly shown is based on the later idea that spinach would contain ten times more iron . There was, however, put a comma wrong during this scientific research.
  • In 1980 there appeared a film around the character, with Robin Williams as Popeye (see Popeye).
  • For the cartoons that was produced for television in 1960 King Features sailor Bluto replaced by bandit/robber Brutus.

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