Popeye / Thimble Theater

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As noted in a thread over on ILX, Fantagraphics will be re-releasing their Popeye collections starting this Fall.

I for one am pretty psyched. I've heard such good things about this stuff. I'm glad that I won't have to pay through the nose to find out whether what I've heard is true or not.

P.S. Was Thimble Theater a serial?

Deric W. Haircare (Deric W. Haircare), Saturday, 13 May 2006 02:21 (fifteen years ago) link

yeah, it's a serial, at least during the popeye years (which is all they're reprinting, which is kinda a shame - i've seen some examples of the pre-popeye stuff and they're pretty funny!). if you're curious about it you should check out that "smithsonian book of newspaper comics" book, it's got a complete segar story. most libraries should have it.

J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Saturday, 13 May 2006 07:17 (fifteen years ago) link

I read a volume of Thimble Theater from the library and it seemed kind of great, but not as thrilling as, say, the original Captain Marvel or even Little Lulu. Can someone explain why this is great?

Also: the smithsonian book of newspaper comics is incredible.

asdf, Saturday, 13 May 2006 17:06 (fifteen years ago) link

It's not re-releases, they're doing Sundays and dailies together and crunching it down to six volumes (plus using new masters for the art).

kit brash (kit brash), Sunday, 14 May 2006 01:52 (fifteen years ago) link

ten months pass...
Am halfway through this, and loving it! Never had much of a rapport with Popeye before (his eating spinach to get strong always put him as some sort of icky percussor to the dull-ass educational cartoons that would sometimes show up on TV when I was a kid), so I was very pleasantly surprised that he doesn't even show up for the first, what, thirty pages? I like him better now, but he's not even my fav character in the strip.

Just a really great adventure strip, hijinks and hijinks and hijinks - reminds me of Barks at times, though with an even more dysfunctional set of characters. I love the free roaming atmosphere of it all, one of the few strips where you truly have no idea wtf could happen next. So many ideas - the whiffle hen! It's also sort of poignant, this dream scenario of an ordinary family getting into millions, in a comic published smack dab at the begining the Great Depression. There's a lot of anti-authority stuff in there as well.

Daniel_Rf, Sunday, 1 April 2007 19:46 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Reading second volume, still awesome. Anyone else following this?

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 28 April 2008 17:51 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah, it's incredible stuff, isn't it?

aldo, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 08:51 (thirteen years ago) link

Anyone else following this?


energy flash gordon, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 11:29 (thirteen years ago) link

I think my favourite segment is probably when Popeye becomes rich and gives all his money away in the Reverse Bank.

aldo, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 12:49 (thirteen years ago) link

Some of the v. greatest comics ever drawn, and the new Fanta h/cs are supernice, w/ the color Sunday pages and all - I just wish they were issuing more than 1 a year

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 16:17 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm sort of ok with that, actually - I'm a slow reader, especially when it comes to anthologies. Terry & The Pirates totally left me in the dust - I wasn't even halfway through the first volume when the second showed up. Of course, I'd say Segar's absurdist misfit narratives have aged a bit better than Caniff's rah-rah chauvinist adventure yarns (which have their charm too)...

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 20:43 (thirteen years ago) link

you guys have all seen the fansite posted on the Barks thread in ILE, right?

Oilyrags, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 21:28 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah, 1 a year is fine by me (I'm four vols behind on the Peanuts books now!) - apart from pacing my reading/not running out too soon and NEVER HAVING ANY MORE, it gives them a better chance to sell more of each volume, by giving each one longerr bookstore shelf time. and hopefully that can build into enough sales weight across another four years that it'll be worth doing a couple of pre-Popeye TT best-ofs...

energy flash gordon, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 01:44 (thirteen years ago) link

two years pass...

Someday, I'd like to write love letters and sign them "Your li'l boob dick."

boxes of mint aeros I have eaten in a week (sic), Monday, 25 October 2010 05:26 (ten years ago) link

four years pass...

Has anyone read the Bud Sagendorf comics? I'm trying to decide whether to pull the trigger on buying those collections, as well.

Party Your Body (Old Lunch), Monday, 27 July 2015 19:43 (six years ago) link

three years pass...

Heads up: Sunday Press is putting out a collection of pre-Popeye Thimble Theatre strips this fall.

Digital Squirts (Old Lunch), Monday, 3 September 2018 23:23 (three years ago) link

in, like, Sunday Press format, or a reading-format best-of, or...?

there’s ten years of strips pre-Popeye

▫◌▫ (sic), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 06:30 (three years ago) link

What do I look like, the president of Sunday Press? They haven't given many deets yet afaict. I'm guessing a best-of, which I'm fine with since I never thought this stuff would be reprinted at all. Here's the solicitation copy, since I'm apparently also chief websearch officer over at Google:

More than a decade before creating the world's most famous cartoon sailor, E. C. Segar drew the Charlie Chaplin comic strip, a daily strip about Chicago entertainment, and then Thimble Theatre, where Popeye was to be born. This volume features examples of all of Segar's early comics and over 100 pre-Popeye Thimble Theatre Sunday pages, including the complete run of the famed Western desert saga, a series that rivals his later work in art, storytelling and humor. These comics, most of which have never been reprinted before, are here for the whole popeyed world to see.

Digital Squirts (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 10:29 (three years ago) link

you’re the chief officer of headsing up iirc

▫◌▫ (sic), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 16:11 (three years ago) link

I do the layouts, you do the inking and coloring and publishing and distributing and promoting and customer servicing. This is how it works.

Digital Squirts (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 16:28 (three years ago) link

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