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"It's not hard to see the appeal of Popeye. While volume one takes a while to warm up, the delay in presenting its main attraction serves dual purposes: to acclimate modern readers with the tangled storyline, and to accentuate how much flavor the introduction of Popeye brings to an otherwise blandly enjoyable strip....Segar is a good cartoonist, with a nice sense of pacing and a solid skill with a gag, but it isn't until Popeye appears that the strip really starts to catch fire." Chris Bolton, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

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In the tradition of The Complete Peanuts, Popeye, Volume 1 reintroduces the brilliance of E. C. Segar and his famous sailor man to a new generation.

Most folks are familiar with Popeye through a variety of incarnations that have ensconced the character in the public consciousness for almost 80 years — the animated Popeye cartoons, the feature film Popeye, etc. — but far fewer have been exposed to the original brilliance of Popeye's creator, E.C. Segar. Now, comic strip fans can experience Segar's original comic strips through this new six-volume series.

In 1929, Segar took his eccentric Thimble Theatre comic strip (which began in 1919) and introduced Popeye, transforming the strip almost overnight into one of the most popular works of art in American history. Segar's entire cast of characters, such as Olive Oyl, Wimpy, Eugene the Jeep, the Sea Hag, and Alice the Goon became a part of American culture. This outwardly farcical gaggle of vaudevillian-esque antiheroes, bumbling about on picaresque chases was one of the most sophisticated — and hilarious — comic strips in history.

Fantagraphics' Popeye will collect the complete run of Segar's Thimble Theatre comic strip (dailies and color Sundays) featuring Popeye, re-establishing Segar as one of the first rank of cartoonists who have elevated the comic strip to art. He was the most popular cartoonist of his day, his sense of humor coming straight out of Mark Twain, who also balanced exaggerated tall tales and a perfect ear for everyday speech with dark themes that undercut his laugh-out-loud stories.

In this first volume, covering 1928-1930, Popeye's initial courtship of Olive Oyl takes center stage while Olive's brother CastorOyl discovers the mysterious Whiffle Hen. Also, the entire cast meets the Sea Hag for the first time in their pursuit of the Mystery House (Popeye's first extended daily narrative), and Castor Oyl attempts to turn Popeye into a boxing champion in a series of hilarious Sunday strips.

These strips are masterpieces of comic invention. Popeye's omnipotence pre-figures the rise of superheroes in the 1930s and 1940s, though Popeye is a much more sympathetic character, and his very name announces his vibrant personality. He's a scoundrel with a heart of gold, and a tongue of silver: My sweet patootie loves me because I yama high-voltage poppa, and she is my hotsy-totsy momma! His mangled English pulsated with the vital spirit of immigrant America, its rhythm poetic in its own vulgar way: 'I yam what I yam and tha's all I yam.'

Segar blended complex narrative, slapstick traditions, brilliant characterization, and an inimitable cartooning style to create the most exciting and profound humor of its era, rivaling even the great film comics of his era, such as Charlie Chaplin and the Marx Brothers.

Review:

"Most people know Popeye...through his animated incarnation, but Segar's strip is a far richer creation....Although many hands continued the strip after its creator's death in 1938, none of them came close to capturing the brilliance Segar displays in these pages." Booklist

Review:

"[S]canned from original newspaper clippings that otherwise had been yellowing somewhere or another, this book documents not only the birth of a great American comic character, but also, in a smaller measure, the death of a great straight man." John Hodgman, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[A] gratifyingly dense collection....Reading the saga from the start, it seems likely that the Depression became a crucible for fans' ardor. Popeye is self-sufficient, fatalistic; he's a survivor, with or without money." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Segar's Popeye, a rough and ready strongman, is a wonderfully colorful character....Segar was a remarkble cartoonist and an inventive storyteller, and these classic adventures are strongly recommended for all libraries." Library Journal

Synopsis:

In this first volume, covering 1928–1930, Popeye's initial courtship of Olive Oyl takes center stage, while Olive's brother Castor Oyl attempts to turn Popeye into a boxing champion. In full color and B&W.

Synopsis:

This series collects the complete run of Segar's comic strip (dailies and color Sundays) featuring Popeye. This striking volume, covering 1928-1930, follows his first adventures. These strips are masterpieces of comic invention.

Synopsis:

Fantagraphics' Popeye series will collect the complete run of Segar's Thimble Theatre comic strip (dailies and color Sundays) featuring Popeye, re-establishing Segar as one of the first rank of cartoonists who have elevated the comic strip to art. He was the most popular cartoonist of his day, his sense of humor coming straight out of Mark Twain, who also balanced exaggerated tall tales and a perfect ear for everyday speech with dark themes that undercut his laugh-out-loud stories. The series will consist of six volumes released annual through 2011.

In this first volume, covering 1928-1930, Popeye's initial courtship of Olive Oyl takes center stage while Olive's brother Castor Oyl discovers the mysterious Whiffle Hen. Also, the entire cast meets the Sea Hag for the first time in their pursuit of the "Mystery House" (Popeye's first extended daily narrative), and Castor Oyl attempts to turn Popeye into a boxing champion in a series of hilarious Sunday strips. These strips are masterpieces of comic invention. Popeye's omnipotence pre-figures the rise of superheroes in the 1930s and 1940s, though Popeye is a much more sympathetic character, and his very name announces his vibrant personality. His mangled English pulsated with the vital spirit of immigrant America, its rhythm poetic in its own vulgar way: "I yam what I yam and tha's all I yam."

2007 Eisner Award nominee: Best Archival Collection/Project: Strips; and Best Publication Design (Jacob Covey); 2007 Harvey Award nominee: Best Domestic Reprint Project; Special Award for Excellence in Presentation; Winner: HOW Magazine Design Merit Awards: Covers

About the Author

Elzie Chrisler Segar was born in 1894 and died in 1938. His work was recently showcased in the landmark "Masters of American Comics" exhibition at the Hammer and MOCA museums in Los Angeles.

Series Description

Fantagraphics' Popeye will collect the complete run of Segar's Thimble Theatre comic strip (dailies and color Sundays) featuring Popeye, re-establishing Segar as one of the first rank of cartoonists who have elevated the comic strip to art. He was the most popular cartoonist of his day, his sense of humor coming straight out of Mark Twain, who also balanced exaggerated tall tales and a perfect ear for everyday speech with dark themes that undercut his laugh-out-loud stories. In this first volume, covering 1928-1930, Popeye's initial courtship of Olive Oyl takes center stage while Olive's brother Castor Oyl discovers the mysterious Whiffle Hen. Also, the entire cast meets the Sea Hag for the first time in their pursuit of the "Mystery House" (Popeye's first extended daily narrative), and Castor Oyl attempts to turn Popeye into a boxing champion in a series of hilarious Sunday strips. These strips are masterpieces of comic invention. Popeye's omnipotence pre-figures the rise of superheroes in the 1930s and 1940s, though Popeye is a much more sympathetic character, and his very name announces his vibrant personality. His mangled English pulsated with the vital spirit of immigrant America, its rhythm poetic in its own vulgar way: 'I yam what I yam and tha's all I yam.'"

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Douglas, December 7, 2006 (view all comments by Douglas)
Well, blow me down! Who knew that Popeye was such a treat? Before he became a spinach-as-steroids addict, he was a supporting character in a comic strip by E. C. Segar. It's pure silly genius! This is a brilliant addition to Fantagraphics Books' series collecting complete runs of classic and important comic strips (Peanuts, Krazy & Ignatz, Dennis the Menace). The oversized hardcover is truly a book with "muskels". I highly recommend all four series mentioned above, as well as the Walt & Skeezix series from Drawn & Quarterly and, for those with fat wallets, Little Nemo in Slumberland: So Many Splendid Sundays. Those old cartoonists (The 20th Century was so long ago!) were amazing.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781560977797
Author:
Segar, E. C.
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Foreword:
Feiffer, Jules
Editor:
Thomspon, Kim
Subject:
General
Subject:
Comics & Cartoons
Subject:
Form - Comic Strips & Cartoons
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc. -- United States.
Subject:
Popeye (Fictitious character)
Subject:
Cartoons
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
Humor-Cartoon Comics
Copyright:
Series:
Popeye
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
November 2006
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Color and black-and-white comics
Pages:
182
Dimensions:
17 x 11 in

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Product details 182 pages Fantagraphics Books - English 9781560977797 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "It's not hard to see the appeal of Popeye. While volume one takes a while to warm up, the delay in presenting its main attraction serves dual purposes: to acclimate modern readers with the tangled storyline, and to accentuate how much flavor the introduction of Popeye brings to an otherwise blandly enjoyable strip....Segar is a good cartoonist, with a nice sense of pacing and a solid skill with a gag, but it isn't until Popeye appears that the strip really starts to catch fire." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "Most people know Popeye...through his animated incarnation, but Segar's strip is a far richer creation....Although many hands continued the strip after its creator's death in 1938, none of them came close to capturing the brilliance Segar displays in these pages."
"Review" by , "[S]canned from original newspaper clippings that otherwise had been yellowing somewhere or another, this book documents not only the birth of a great American comic character, but also, in a smaller measure, the death of a great straight man."
"Review" by , "[A] gratifyingly dense collection....Reading the saga from the start, it seems likely that the Depression became a crucible for fans' ardor. Popeye is self-sufficient, fatalistic; he's a survivor, with or without money."
"Review" by , "Segar's Popeye, a rough and ready strongman, is a wonderfully colorful character....Segar was a remarkble cartoonist and an inventive storyteller, and these classic adventures are strongly recommended for all libraries."
"Synopsis" by , In this first volume, covering 1928–1930, Popeye's initial courtship of Olive Oyl takes center stage, while Olive's brother Castor Oyl attempts to turn Popeye into a boxing champion. In full color and B&W.
"Synopsis" by , This series collects the complete run of Segar's comic strip (dailies and color Sundays) featuring Popeye. This striking volume, covering 1928-1930, follows his first adventures. These strips are masterpieces of comic invention.
"Synopsis" by , Fantagraphics' Popeye series will collect the complete run of Segar's Thimble Theatre comic strip (dailies and color Sundays) featuring Popeye, re-establishing Segar as one of the first rank of cartoonists who have elevated the comic strip to art. He was the most popular cartoonist of his day, his sense of humor coming straight out of Mark Twain, who also balanced exaggerated tall tales and a perfect ear for everyday speech with dark themes that undercut his laugh-out-loud stories. The series will consist of six volumes released annual through 2011.

In this first volume, covering 1928-1930, Popeye's initial courtship of Olive Oyl takes center stage while Olive's brother Castor Oyl discovers the mysterious Whiffle Hen. Also, the entire cast meets the Sea Hag for the first time in their pursuit of the "Mystery House" (Popeye's first extended daily narrative), and Castor Oyl attempts to turn Popeye into a boxing champion in a series of hilarious Sunday strips. These strips are masterpieces of comic invention. Popeye's omnipotence pre-figures the rise of superheroes in the 1930s and 1940s, though Popeye is a much more sympathetic character, and his very name announces his vibrant personality. His mangled English pulsated with the vital spirit of immigrant America, its rhythm poetic in its own vulgar way: "I yam what I yam and tha's all I yam."

2007 Eisner Award nominee: Best Archival Collection/Project: Strips; and Best Publication Design (Jacob Covey); 2007 Harvey Award nominee: Best Domestic Reprint Project; Special Award for Excellence in Presentation; Winner: HOW Magazine Design Merit Awards: Covers
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