the sailorman has become world famous. Whether it be from his addiction to
spinach or the lyrics to his song, people of all ages imitate, collect, and
aspire to be like Popeye. This muscle man was not even originally in the
comic strip created by Elzie Segar. Elzie Segar, the cartoonist wrote
Thimble Theatre in the late teens and early twenties. The first strip
consisted of the characters Olive Oyl, Ham Gravy (Olive's first boyfriend),
Cole and Nana Oyl (Olive's parents), and Castor Oyl.
January 17, 1929 was the fateful day which would change the comic strip and cartoon worlds forever. Popeye was born and became the most well-known character on the strip. His first words were in response to the question, "Are you a sailor?" Popeye smartly replied, "Ja think I'm a cowboy?" After Popeye's first voyage on Castor Oyl's ship to Dice Island Popeye was brought back by popular demand. 7 From that day on, it was history. Popeye the sailorman, with his muscles and his spinach, would become a cultural icon.
In the 1930's, the Fleischer Brothers, the
creators of Betty Boop, introduced the character Popeye in Popeye the
Sailor Max Fleischer had to negotiate with th people at King Features
Syndicate in order to purchase the rights to bring the comic strip to the
television. Betty Boop was now gone, and the creators attempted to
replace her with a new character. They were successful in their mission
because Popeye's existence definitely surpassed that of Betty Boop.
Popeye served as a hero to many. With his stylish sense of humor and his positive outlook on life, he was a role model to young children. His ability and willingness to eat spinach made parents eager to let their children watch him on television. Children could look to Popeye as a role model. He had a lot of muscles, a girlfriend, and could generally be perceived as a "cool" guy. Parents hoped that he would influence their children in a positive way, even if it only meant that they would eat their spinach due to his example. Popeye had several traits which could be described as manly - his muscles and his physique. Though Popeye seemed to be bald at a young age, he always had Olive Oyl drooling all over him.
POPEYE AND OLIVE OYL
Many would argue that Popeye and Olive Oyl are two of the least likely people to be together. Popeye was "uncouth, tattooed, a food faddist given to unpredictable outbursts of violence. Olive Oyl was a flat-chested flirt with a dowdy sense of style and involved in a long-term relationship. Olive Oyl was supposed to be twenty-nine years old, be five foot ten inches, and weigh ninety-six pounds. Her shoe size was designed as an unusual and probably no-existent 14-AAAAAA.Although these two were an odd couple, they have been together for sixty-seven years.
There are several issues in Popeye and Olive Oyl's relationship that need reconciling. Despite Olive's obvious attraction to Popeye, she continues to lead Bluto along, and Popeye refuses to "make a decent woman of Olive, whose biological clock must sound like Big Ben."The creator of Beetle Bailey and Hi and Lois, Mort Walker offered an answer to the puzzling relationship of the two characters. "A one-eyed sailor with inverted arms, and she's the shape of a toothpick. I guess they were meant for each other," he said.
Popeye and Olive have had their ups and downs
since their relationship bloomed. Under Olive's influence, Popeye has
cleaned himself up a little bit. Hy Eisman, Popeye's drawer since 1994,
explains, "In the early days, there was a lot of physical abuse, because in
those days you could do that in a comic strip." Now, however, with the
modern domestic abuse problems, Popeye would never and could never hit
Olive. Respect plays a more active role in their relationship, and Olive has
a beneficial effect on Popeye's life. This portrays the idea that even a
"spinach-eating bilge rat can evolve. All he needs is a good woman."
I'm one tough gazookus Which hates all palookas Wot ain't on the up and square I biffs 'em and buffs 'em An' always outroughs 'em An' none of 'em gets nowhere
If anyone dasses to risk me fisk It's "boff" and its "wham", un'erstand So, keep good behavior That's your one life saver With Popeye the Sailor Man.
I'm Popeye the Sailor Man I'm Popeye the Sailor Man I'm strong to the finich Cause I eats me spinach I'm Popeye the Sailor Man.
Popeye was said to be one of the ugliest characters
in the history of cartoons. The reason that Olive Oyl was his girl, was
because he couldn't get any other woman. The show Popeye the
Sailorman was analyzed at this site. The editor of this page suggests
that the cartoon Popeye is only devoted to Olive Oyl because he couldn't get
any other female; Olive Oyl is a slut and only wants a rich husband; Bluto
is out to get as many woman as he can; and what was really in that pipe that
Popeye was always smoking, "PCP, I think."
By Rachel Kopp