Saturday, July 14, 2012

Popeye in West Branch again?

Last year, I organized a "Popeye Day" at the West Branch Public Library, as part of the West Branch Children's Film Festival. Well, the festival is now defunct, but I'm thinking of doing another Popeye Day.
Popeye started in newspapers in a comic strip called "Thimble Theatre". His appearance was to be a bit part in January 1929. He became so popular, he became the main character and eventually it became "Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye", then "Popeye. In 1934, Fleisher Studios created the historical animated shorts "Popeye the Sailor". So Popeye has been in print for over 80 years and animated in one form or another for almost 80 years. He's one of, if not the first, American icons/heroes that is still around today, and I think that should be celebrated as often and anywhere possible.

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