FIRST EDITION SOFTCOVER Published by Fantagraphics Books 1987
Foreward by William DeMille
Edited by Rick Marshall & Bill Blackbeard
11 1/2" X 8 1/2" Trade Sized Softcover
PREVIOUSLY READ USED VERY GOOD+++ CONDITION There are some insignificant superficial surface wear to covers only from being handled, read or stored. Please refer to scanned images... they truly are worth a thousand words.
Fantagraphics was founded in 1976 by Gary Groth and Mike Catron in College Park, Maryland.
The Complete E. C. Segar Popeye by Fantagraphics Books reprints all Segar Sundays featuring Popeye in first 4 volumes, all Segar dailies featuring Popeye in last 7 volumes. Original series publication from 1984-1990.
Elzie Crisler Segar (December 8, 1894 – October 13, 1938) known professionally as E.C. Segar was an American cartoonist, best known as the creator of Popeye. At age 18, he decided to become a cartoonist. He took a correspondence course in cartooning from W.L. Evans of Cleveland, Ohio.
Segar moved to Chicago where he met Richard F. Outcault, the creator of The Yellow Kid and Buster Brown. Outcault encouraged him and introduced him at the Chicago Herald. On March 12, 1916, the Herald published Segar's first comic, Charlie Chaplin's Comedy Capers, which ran for a little over a year. In 1917, Barry the Boob was created. In 1918, he moved on to William Randolph Hearst's Chicago Evening American where he created Looping the Loop. Evening American Managing editor William Curley thought Segar could succeed in New York, so he sent him to King Features Syndicate, where Segar worked for many years. He began by drawing Thimble Theatre for the New York Journal. The strip made its debut on December 19, 1919, featuring the characters Olive Oyl, Castor Oyl.
POPEYE the Sailor Man is a cartoon fictional character, created by Elzie Crisler Segar who has appeared in comic strips and theatrical and television animated cartoons. E.C. Segar's THIMBLE THEATRE strip was in its tenth year when Popeye made his debut on January 17, 1929.
He was initially hired by Castor Oyl and Ham to crew a ship for a voyage to Dice Island, the location of a casino owned by the crooked gambler Fadewell. Castor intended to break the bank at the casino using the unbeatable good luck conferred by stroking the hairs on the head of Bernice the Whiffle Hen. Weeks later, on the trip back, Popeye was shot many times by Jack Snork, a stooge of Fadewell's, but survived by rubbing Bernice's head. After the adventure, Popeye left the strip, but due to reader reaction, he was quickly brought back.
The Popeye character became so popular that he became the main focus of the strip and Thimble Theatre soon became one of King Features' most popular properties during the 1930s. and the strip was expanded into many more newspapers as a result. (wikipedia)
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