February 27, 2009
By Latrice W.
Popeye the Sailor is a fictional hero famous for appearing in comic strips and animated films as well as numerous TV shows. He was created by Elzie Crisler Segar, and first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929. 80 years ago, before there was Tarzan, Hercules or Superman, there was a sailor that loved to eat his spinach. Which got many people to eat their green veggie, to be strong like him.”When I was a kid I always liked him eating spinach, the music behind the stories and him bopping Bluto … I liked the excitement and the unpredictable-ness of the plot,” says Fred Grandinetti, co-founder of the official Popeye fan club. Most of his time he was saving his girlfriend Olive Oyl, from the persistent Brutus/Bluto that had the hots for her. No matter the problem, since 1929, Popeye always saved the day and still saving the day 80 years later. Happy 80th!!