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Popeye: The Great Comic Book Tales by Bud Sagendorf Hardcover – February 1, 2011
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It's nice to see Bud Sagendorf finally get his due. As a kid, I began reading the Popeye comic books because of my love for the Fleischer cartoons. While I found Sagendorf's Popeye to be a somewhat different character than the animated version, I remember finding these stories to be very funny and very satisfying.
Time has not dimmed their power.
Okay, as to contents - you get...
* A very nice, short 1-page introduction by animation historian and fellow comic book fan Jerry Beck.
* 16 pages of introductory material including a brief essay by Craig and a smattering of previously little seen artwork by Sagendorf including a Popeye booklet prepared by Sagendorf for the Red Cross in 1946 and two pages Sagendorf contributed to the Famous Cartoonist Course in 1956.
* "Shame on You" from Popeye # 1 (1948)
* "Misermites" from Popeye # 9 (1949)
* "Witch Whistle" from Popeye # 12 (1950)
* "Interplanetary Battle" from Popeye # 21 (1952)
* "Shrink Weed" from Popeye # 25 (1953)
* "The Happy Little Island" from Popeye # 27 (1954)
* "Alone" from Popeye # 32 (1955)
* "Nothing" from Popeye # 34 (1955)
* "Spinach Soap" from Popeye # 41 (1957)
Most of Popeye's amazing supporting cast is here: Olive, Wimpy, Swee'pea, King Blozo, and the Sea Hag. (Despite what the "Editorial Review" says, there is NO Bluto - who as we know, was mainly a bad guy in the cartoons.)
The reproduction is excellent. The pages are slightly larger than the original comic book size and the coloring is a dead ringer for the way these old Dell Comics actually looked!
These really are some of the very best of Sagendorf's long, long career drawing the one-eyed sailor ("Misermites" is a personal favorite).
Fantagraphics has released its fifth volume of the original Popeye comic strips. The third boxed set of Popeye animated cartoons is out on DVD. And now we have the best of the Popeye comic books by Bud Sagendorf to complete the picture. All are a little different and each is great in its own way.
Of these three incarnations of the famous sailor man, the comic book version has been the easiest to overlook. As far as I know, these stories haven't been printed in color like this since the original Dell comics in the 1950s. Unless you're willing to pay collector's prices for the vintage comic books, this is the only way to enjoy this material.
The stories are delightful, funny, charming, weird, and action-packed. Although the comic books were written for kids, like the Little Lulu or Uncle Scrooge comics of this period, they can be enjoyed by adults as well.
The most interesting thing to me is how Sagendorf structured his comic book stories, as if they were individual Sunday pages. Each builds to a climax that makes you want to turn the page and see what happens next.
As usual, Yoe Books has put together a terrific package with fact-filled introductory material, authentic reproduction, and a sturdy binding. A real first-class job of book-making.
With all due respect to the nice folks at Amazon, it is not Kindle-friendly. The book is a thing of beauty to have and hold, a work of art unto itself. Reading these comics off an electronic screen is not the same experience as holding an honest-to-goodness book in your hands and enjoying it.
This book is clever right down to the back cover. The information on the back is made up to look like ingredients on a spinach can and the inside of the covers looks like the inside of the can! Fun fun fun all the way! I would highly recommend this book to any comic fan.
The stories that appear in this collection come from Sagendorf's comic book work, which was the perfect medium for the artist; allowing him to stretch out in long, imaginative stories geared for children (remember when comics were actually written with children in mind? Today, the target audience seems to be sad, frustrated, middle-aged men).
To read these stories is to feel your spirit lightened. The artwork is really beautiful eye candy, and each page is pure comic book heaven. Craig Yoe, editor of this collection, has given us a beautifully bound, gorgeously reproduced collection of one of the truly underappreciated geniuses of comic book art. As Yoe says in his introduction, Sagendorf belongs in the top ranks of Dell Comics' glorious history of great artists - equal in storytelling and cartooning to Carl Barks or John Stanley. You will not be disappointed in this collection. Sagendorf had the rare gift for creating stories that were "child-like" instead of "childish" which, oddly, always feel more mature and wise than the flounderings found in today's comics, which try way too hard to be taken seriously.Read more ›
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I like Popeye even though some people may think it is a bit violent. It makes a good gift also.Published on April 24, 2014 by Ron Yancey
Sagendorf's Popeye is my favorite of the character's incarnations, and this collection is a fine sampling of what makes this iteration so enjoyable. The wild ideas... Read morePublished on October 26, 2011 by C. Michael Hall
I've been a lifelong fan of Popeye but only a recent convert to the comic version. This beautiful hardcover collects 10 stories by Bud Sagendorf, the former assistant to Popeye... Read morePublished on April 22, 2011 by Rosewater
What a great collection of Popeye comics! It includes some really fantastic stories including my personal favorite, the Sea Hag! Read morePublished on March 23, 2011 by Victoria Savanella
"I Yam What I Yam". When I was growing up this seemed like a meaningless tautological statement, after all aren't we all what we are? Read morePublished on March 15, 2011 by David Swan