Ham Gravy was the original fiancee of the better-known character Olive Oyl, but was often attracted to other women, if they were sufficiently wealthy. Ham was depicted as a slacker who preferred getting rich quick rather than earning money honestly.
In a later strip, Castor Oyl hired the then-unknown sailor Popeye to man his ship for a voyage. As time passed, Ham was replaced by Popeye as the object of Olive's affections. Ham made occasional appearances in the Popeye strips, but never had the fame he once held.