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Battling McGnat
Battling McGnat
Species Human
Gender Male
Hair Color Black
Occupation Boxing Coach
Residence Sweethaven
Production Information
First Appearance Thimble Theatre ("Popeye Fights Bullo Oxheart")

Battling McGnat is Popeye's boxing coach who made his first appearance in the 1933 comic strip storyline "Popeye Fights Bullo Oxheart". He usually helps Popeye in his boxing matches by preparing him and giving him tips during fights.

Character history

Creation and development in Thimble Theatre

Battling McGnat was created by E. C. Segar for the 1933 Thimble Theatre comic strip "Popeye Fights Bullo Oxheart". In said strip, he helped Popeye prepare for his match against Bullo Oxheart.


Battling McGnat would re-appear in IDW Publishing's revival of the Popeye comics in 2012. He was featured in the third issue, where he attended the boxing match between J. Wellington Wimpy and The Phantom Crusher, and later on discussed the result of the match with Rough House.


Popeye Fights Bullo Oxheart