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Arf! Arf! Arf! Well, Blow Me Down!
on March 10, 2011
As expected, another great book from Craig Yoe & Company.
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).