Popeye, Volume 2: "Well Blow Me Down!"

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The second volume collecting the entirety of Segar's original Popeye (Thimble Theatre) covers 1930-1932 and introduces Segar's second greatest character: Wimpy, the most likeable lowdown cad ever to grace the comics page.Fantagraphics's second volume (of six) of the acclaimed hit series collecting the entirety of E.C. Segar's original Popeye (a.k.a. Thimble Theatre) comic strips begins with a foreword by Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker and continues with an introduction by noted film and cartooning critic ...

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Overview

The second volume collecting the entirety of Segar's original Popeye (Thimble Theatre) covers 1930-1932 and introduces Segar's second greatest character: Wimpy, the most likeable lowdown cad ever to grace the comics page.Fantagraphics's second volume (of six) of the acclaimed hit series collecting the entirety of E.C. Segar's original Popeye (a.k.a. Thimble Theatre) comic strips begins with a foreword by Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker and continues with an introduction by noted film and cartooning critic Donald Phelps. This second volume features work from 1930 to 1932, and most notably includes the debut of Segar's second greatest character: J. Wellington Wimpy. Wimpy stands as a one-of-a-kind icon some 70 years after his creation, the most likeable lowdown cad ever to grace the comics page. Popeye Vol. 2 includes the stories: "Clint Gore" (continued from the cliffhanger last volume); "A One-Way Bank," in which Popeye opens a bank that allows withdrawals but no deposits; an extended war story featuring King Blozo that begins with "The Great Rough-House War"; and "Skullyville," which wraps up the daily strips for this volume. A 2008 Eisner Award Nominee: Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Strips; a 2008 Harvey Award Nominee: Best Domestic Reprint Project.

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Editorial Reviews

Gordon Flagg - Booklist
“Distinctly American humor, worthy of mention in the same breath with Twain's and Lardner's creations.”
Chris Randle - Eye Weekly
“The book design is an announcement on its own, all blaring dot colors and die-cut title, as if our hero had put his fist through the cover itself…they're some of the greatest comics ever drawn.”
The A.V. Club
“Every bit as well-designed as its predecessor, but it's even more entertaining…Segar was starting to realize the full extent of what his little brawler could do.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560978749
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 11/19/2007
  • Series: Popeye Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 1,000,577
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 14.52 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Mort Walker has had a guiding hand in nine syndicated comic strips since 1950 and has been drawing Beetle Bailey for almost 58 years - the longest run by any cartoonist on his original creation.

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