On Popeye Day

Get ready to sing along because today is Popeye Day! (Words will appear during the second stanza)

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During my youth, the Mr. Cartoon Show at 4 in the afternoon on WSAZ provided my weekday cartoon fix … and Popeye the Sailor was the star of the show. Once I learned about Saturday being Popeye Day (actually celebrating his comic strip debut in 1929), I delayed the next Explore post because this is the perfect opportunity to revisit some classic characters through past posts.

Here’s the main cast of characters
Popeye
Olive Oyl
Bluto
Wimpy

Which did you visit?

On Bluto

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I was raised on Popeye cartoons, so it is only fitting I also to a tribute to other characters in the series. (Popeye here) … Time for Bluto!

Bluto

Large, bearded, muscle-bound antagonist to Popeye

Classic bully as he prefers brute force over strategy

Like Popeye, a sailor and attracted to Olive Oyl

Occasionally, Bluto and Popeye start at as friends

Occasionally knocked out by Olive Oyl and by Sweet Pea

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Created by Elzie Crisler in 1932

First appeared September 12, 1932 in Thimble Theater comic strip

Early Popeye cartoons had other villians

Also called Professor Bluteau and Pierre Bluto

Bluto-Brutus is a story in itself involving copyright

Here’s the first Popeye feature, which so happens to include Olive, Bluto, and Betty Boop