I really love the little Google Doodles that can sometimes be found on the Google homepage. Today the Google Doodle featured the famous one eyed sailor who loves his spinach, Popeye. Popeye has over the last couple of years become my favourite cartoon character, thanks to Warner’s releasing his black and white animated adventures that were created by the Fleischer studio, onto DVD. (Now if only they could hurry up with the colour cartoons made by Famous Studios.) However we should not forget that Popeye started out in the funny pages as a member of the Thimble Theatre comic strip. The Google Doodle is actually to commemorate the 115th anniversary of the birth of E. C. Segar, the creator of the Thimble Theatre, Popeye, Olive Oyl and the rest of the gang.
For the best information on Popeye and the Thimble Theatre, you can always visit the Thimble Theatre website which contains lots of interesting information.
There is also lots of Popeye related stuff available from Amazon.
There are three editions of Fleischer Popeye cartoons on DVD. I have all three of these and they have become my favourite DVDs over the last two years. Volume 1, which is four discs is priced at $44.50. It is available here. Volume 2 and Volume 3 only contain two discs each and are priced at $28.50. They can be found here and here.
There are also 4 editions of Popeye’s comic strip adventures available that were written by Segar. They are priced at just under $20 each. Volume 1 which features the 1928 – 1930 Thimble Theatre strips is available here. Volume 2, covering the 1930 – 1932 strips can be found here. Volume 3 features strips running from 1932 – 1934 and can be found here, while Volume 4 features strips from 1934 and can be found here.
There are other Popeye related books, such as Steve Bierly’s Stronger Than Spinach: The Secret Appeal of The Famous Studios Popeye Cartoons, which takes a close look at the Famous cartoon series. It is priced at $22.45 and can be found here. Fred Grandinetti has written two books about Popeye, the first being a biography on Jack Mercer, the voice of Popeye in the cartoons and is priced at $20 and can be found by clicking here. Fred’s second book is Popeye: An Illustrated Cultural History and is priced at $40.50. Fred is of course the co-founder of the International Popeye Fanclub and has a great knowledge of everything Popeye. This book can be found here.