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Popeye, Vol. 5: Wha's a Jeep? Hardcover – March 21, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics (March 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606994042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606994047
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 0.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #457,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“One of the great geniuses of the comic strip form, E.C. Segar created work that represents some of America’s finest art in its epic scale, colloquial language, daffy humor and themes of romance and commerce... Not to be missed.” (Time)

“The perfect comic strip.” (Charles M. Schulz)

“I consider the Popeye run of E.C. Segar’s strip one of the towering achievements in comics. [The volumes] contain some of the greatest humor comics of all time… within a package so solid and lovely looking I would have purchased it had it housed seven years of Marvin.” (Tom Spurgeon - The Comics Reporter)

Fantagraphics is very nearly finished with their complete reprint of E.C. Segar's run on Popeye, with just one more volume to go after this. It's a breathless, surreal and ridiculous collection of fisticuffs and wonderfully funny violence, and every home should own it.... Highly recommended.” (Grant Goggans - The Hipster Dad's Bookshelf)

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E.C. Segar (1894-1938), creator of Popeye, is a member of the Will Eisner Awards Hall of Fame. He was born in Chester, IL in 1894 and passed away in his longtime home of Santa Monica, CA. The National Cartoonists Society created the Elzie Segar Award in his honor, which was awarded annually to a cartoonist who has made a unique and outstanding contribution to the profession.

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I love Popeye and E.C. Segar.
GianLuca Moreno
Hopefully, we will get even better extras in volume six, the reading of which will be a decidedly bittersweet experience.
Christopher Barat
Fortunately, we can all now savor the richness of Segar's masterpiece in books that are worthy of its greatness.
Brent R. Swanson

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brent R. Swanson on March 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Somebody had to say it.

Popeye is one of the most beautiful characters ever created for the comic strips, and Vol. 5 in this ongoing series from Fantagraphics exemplifies the beauty of these volumes that finally do justice to this American comedy classic. Each book measures 10.5 X 15 inches, just about the right size for the lower bookshelves but big enough to allow six daily strips per page as well as high quality color reproduction for the Sunday pages. There are supplemental features including a new introduction by Rick Marschall and a reproduction of pictorial article from "Modern Mechanix" about Elzie Segar and his hobbies.

As for the beauty of Popeye the character (as well as the "Thimble Theatre" strip), flip ahead in the book to page 130 and take in the sequence from 1936 in which the Sea Hag sends Alice the Goon to Popeye's house to kidnap baby Swee'Pea. Alice was one of the most hideous, frighteningly ugly creations in this or any other comic strip, somehow even more so when dressed in female attire. But Swee'Pea, in wisdom beyond his years, sees more to Alice than meets the eye, and eventually, so does Popeye. Sequences like these abound in Segar's strip, hilarious and at the same time, gut-wrenching in their human insight. There are no ugly people in Popeye's world except for those who make themselves so. And this is the key difference between Segar's original creation and all the spinoffs and sequels that have followed from other hands. The Fleischer cartoons and the continuations by Bud Sagendorf and others have all had their high points, but not one has captured the humanity of the original.

Fortunately, we can all now savor the richness of Segar's masterpiece in books that are worthy of its greatness. If you haven't read any of the others, start here and dig into the "Jeep" story. If that doesn't hook you, nothing will.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Barat on April 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The "penulkimate" POPEYE reprint volume contains my personal favorite of all of Segar's THIMBLE THEATRE narratives, the story that introduced Eugene the Jeep. The "magical dorg" (well, so claimed Popeye in the Fleischer cartoon that brought Eugene to animated life) with apparently limitless powers represented Segar's boldest venture to date into the realm of pure fantasy. For that reason, no less a POPEYE fan than Charles Schulz thought that the Jeep's creation was a mistake, in that Eugene's presence gave Popeye a "four-dimensional escape hatch" that the two-fisted sailor hadn't needed in his earliest adventures. I can see Schulz' point, but it needs to be remembered that Segar had barely begun to develop Eugene as a character before the cartoonist died. Had Segar passed before he'd had a chance to use Wimpy as anything other than a funny-looking boxing referee, what would be our collective memory of the hamburger-munching moocher -- assuming we had any at all? I think that, given time, Segar would have found an appropriate niche for the Jeep that would have allowed Eugene to contribute to Popeye's adventures without devolving into a universal panacea. Eugene's appearances in "The Search for Popeye's Poppa" (which is also reprinted in this volume) and, later, "Mystery Melody" and "A Sock for Susan's Sake" give us no real reason to suspect otherwise.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. David Swan VINE VOICE on March 7, 2011
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We've reached the 5th of 6 volumes of Elzie Segar's years writing and drawing Popeye and finally get the introductions of fan favorites Eugene the Jeep and the indomitable Poopdeck Pappy. The story picks up where the previous volume left off with Popeye as the "Dictipator" of his own island of Spinachovia populated exclusively by males who are now rather discontent at the utter absence of females. Let me step back for a moment and say that I have given all 4 volumes thus far five stars and volume 5 will get the same but I can't deny that this opening portion rather dragged. Since these comic strips were intended to be read one a day they have a lot of repetition and recycling of jokes. When a reader reads months of strips in a single sitting the amount of joke reuse becomes painfully apparent. The story starts to heat up when the King Zlobbo of nearby Brutia decides to declare war on Spinachovia. Big Mistake.

Popeye is an inspired creation with a gold mine worth of humor potential that only Segar was able to fully tap. The difference was that Segar took Popeye to his absolute extreme and the original comics play out like a parody of future comics and cartoons. When Popeye fails to get the men of Spinachovia into any kind of fighting condition he simply takes matters into his own hands and begins tearing the Brutian battleships apart with his bare hands and smacks the Brutian Admiral across the face. Ripping apart a battleship is something Superman might do (a character nearly a decade Popeye's junior) but Popeye was simply a poorly educated sailor with grand ideas. It was Popeye's colossal strength and inhuman ability to survive damage that allowed him to try and realize his dreams but his utter lack of social convention generally doomed him to failure.
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