Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Thing Next Door!


Well blow me down! I did not know that Popeye the Sailor Man had battled the Undead. This Egmont Album cover from the late 70's shows a ferocious Popeye swinging away on a particularly active vampire. I can't tell if the little above is supposed to be his comrade or it's him transformed. But it's pretty powerful stuff for a comic strip.


Here's a sample from the run by Bud Sagendorf. One source indicates this Popeye series only ran in Europe, but that's all I can find. Anyone know more about this intriguing Sagendorf material and why it's not more readily available in these here parts?

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  1. That Popeye strip sample is interesting. The paste-over in the word balloon, the white-out on the art, and the blue-line sketch under panel 3 imply that the strip was changed from Olive forming a cross (as one would expect) to a ... dagger?! Since when do vampires flee the sign of the dagger?

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    1. That does appear to be the case. I guess overt religious imagery is too strong for daily newspapers, at least in the funny pages.

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