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Popeye's mother
Popeye's mother 2
Aliases Gramaw Peg
Species Human
Gender Female
Hair Color Gray (formerly red)
Relatives Popeye (son),
Poopdeck Pappy (husband),
Swee'Pea (adopted grandson),
Popeye Junior (grandson)
Production Information
First Appearance Thimble Theatre ("No Stone Unturned")
Portrayed by Jack Mercer (voice)

Popeye's mother is the wife of Poopdeck Pappy, the mother of Popeye and the grandmother of Swee'Pea and Popeye Junior.


Although The Private Life of Popeye presents Popeye as an orphan, this was later revised in the comics and other media such as the cartoon Goonland (1938), where it is simply stated that he grew up without his father.

Popeye's mother would make her first animated appearance in 1951's Let's Stalk Spinach, in a flashback to Popeye's youth.


Popeye and his mother in Popeye's Pappy (1952).

The character returned in Goonland's 1952 remake Popeye's Pappy, where she tells her son about Pappy's long-ago departure, upon which Popeye sets sail in search of his father. She can also be seen in a flashback, feeding baby Popeye, in yet another Famous Studios cartoon entitled Lunch with a Punch. In all her appearances, her voice was provided by Jack Mercer.


Gramaw Peg

Popeye mama

Popeye and his mother in a 1951 Thimble Theatre comic

Popeye's long-lost mother was introduced in the Thimble Theatre comic strips produced by Tom Sims and Bela Zaboly, where she was known as "Gramaw Peg". She had a remarkably similar-looking face to her son's, albeit in a white bun hairdo. It should be noted that she never appeared in the original comic strip by Segar; this character entered the cast in the 1951 Thimble Theatre storyline "No Stone Unturned".

Later comics

In the first Popeye Special from Ocean Comics, Popeye's mother Roxy is shown as being married to Poopdeck Pappy, who leaves her for being an irresponsible mother and wife. However, these newer comic specials present their own version and on some occasions, such as this one, contradict the earlier accounts.

Personality and background

When Popeye was a baby, his mother would feed him spinach, in order to make him healthy and strong when he grew up. Her facial features and voice are very similar to that of her son's. Popeye's mother speaks with grammatical mistakes in a way similar to her son and husband.

She possibly had at least one child other than Popeye, who was the mother or father of Pipeye, Peepeye, Poopeye and Pupeye. However, since Poopdeck Pappy claimed that Popeye was his only child in Goonland, it is likely that they did not have any other children and that Popeye's nephews are more distantly related to him.



  • "Here ya are son! Eat your spinach and you'll be healthy and strong." (Lunch With a Punch)
  • "And, son, when you was a young infant, your Pappy went to buy you some spinach. He ain't never returned." (Popeye's Pappy)

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