Sunday, May 6, 2012

Popeye's Tales From Beyond The Grave!

Now there's a mug only a mother could love! This startling image of "Popeye the Sailor Man" was created by monster-maker Rick Baker using a 3-D modeling computer program, and he tells how while playing with the software on an image of his father he by chance created this stunning image of E.C. Segar's famous comic strip powerhouse. There's a story inside this issue of Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave, a pretty decent one by the way, which explains this cover, but it's the image which makes you stop and ponder. (By the way Kerry Gammill is the one responsible for the background on the cover above.)

It's been a pretty big week at my house for Popeye by the way. Last week I picked up the new IDW comic featuring the Sailor Man, which features a cover which reminds me of something I've seen before.

This playful call to attention for Popeye's status as the "original" superhero is nifty, and it makes for a fun cover image for sure.

Also this week, the sixth and final volume of the Fantagraphics reprint of E.C. Segar's original run on Thimble Theater arrived at my door. These oversized volumes are outstanding and are filled to the top with great comics, both black and white and color and with fantastic information on the characters, the strip, and the creator himself. Great stuff!

Yet one more thing this summer for me to sink my teeth into. All the volumes are at the ready.

And not to forget, there are the great cartoon collections from Warner Brothers. It's been a Popeye cornucopia lately, and we all benefit.

Elzie Crisler Segar might've died all too young so many decades ago, but his mighty creation lives on and on.

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