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Popeye issue #1. Cover art by Bud Sagendorf

There have been several Popeye publications since he first appeared amongst the cast of Thimble Theatre. First starting with hardcover bound collections of the daily strips through the 1930s. This format continued in the early issues of the Four Color comic series by Dell Publishing before evolving into features stories and art by Bud Sagendorf, formerly the assistant of Popeye creator E. C. Segar. These issues later spun off into the first and most famous Popeye comic series in 1948, published by Dell also with the talents of Bud Sagendorf. Many other editions by several publishers have been released over the years as well.

The Dell series was first titled simply Popeye. It was later titled Popeye the Sailor as it continued with Western Publishing under the brand Gold Key with issue #66 in 1962. The title remained with the other publishers that followed.

The comic book series mostly dealt with self-contained tales (unlike the original, serialized comic strip), usually featuring a longer lead story starring Popeye and a few shorter backups headlined by either Popeye or another character. Sagendorf even introduced new backup series such as Axle and Cam or Sherm! and equally used Segar's complement to the daily strip, Sappo, as the supporting feature in the book. One-page text stories would also be included, as well as the later "Popeye's Physical Fitness Program", with the format changing through the years.

Sagendorf eventually retired from the series, leaving his duties to artists such as George Wildman when the series was picked-up by Charlton Comics with issue #94 in 1969. Wildman continued when the series was once again picked-up by Western Publishing under the brands Gold Key and Whiteman until the final issue #171 in 1984.

This series is currently being re-printed by IDW Publishing under the brand Yoe Comics that began in 2012. IDW also ran another series titled Popeye from 2012-2013 as well as a Mars Attacks Popeye in 2013.

Publications

Title Publisher(s) Issue Numbers Publication Dates
Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye Sonnet #1 - #2 1931 - 1932
Popeye Paint Book McLaughlin Bros. N/A 1932
Popeye Cartoon Book Saalfield #2095 1934
Popeye David McKay #1 - #2 1935 - 1935
King Comics David McKay #1 - #155 1936 - 1949
King Comics Best Books #156 - #159 1950 - 1952
Popeye, Popeye and Wimpy Four Color N/A 1942 - 1949
Popeye and Popeye the Sailor Dell, Western, King Features, Charlton #1 - #177 1948 - 1984
Popeye Saalfield #9212 1969
Popeye [Bold Detergent Giveaway] Charlton N/A 1969
Thimble Theater Adventures Starring Popeye the Sailor Nostalgia Press N/A 1971
Popeye King Features #E1 - #E15 1972 - 1972
Popeye [Giant Comic Album] Modern N/A 1972
Popeye King Features #L2 1974
Popeye "Getting Better Grades" King Features N/A 1974
Popeye King Features Add 1975
Popeye Kite Fun Book Western N/A 1977
Thimble Theatre, Introducing Popeye Hyperion Press N/A 1977
Thimble Theatre, Introducing Popeye Hyperion Press N/A 1977
Popeye The First Fifty Years Workman N/A May 1979
Popeye the Sailor Nostalgia Press N/A 1979
Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye Tempo Books N/A 1979 - 1980
Popeye and the Jeep Tony Raiola N/A 1982
Prophetic Allegory: Popeye and the American Dream: Two Classics by E. C. Segar American Life Foundation and Study Institute Paper Back 1983
Thimble Theatre, Starring Popeye Berkley Books Gallery Feb 1984
The Complete E.C. Segar Popeye Fantagraphics N/A 1984 - Nov 1990
The Complete E.C. Segar Popeye (Collection of Daily and Sunday Strips) Fantagraphics N/A 1984 - 1990
Popeye Special Ocean Comics #1 - #2 Summer 1987 - Sep 1988
Mondo Popeye St. Martin's N/A 1989
Popeye Summer Special Harvey #1 Oct 1993
Popeye Harvey #1 - #7 Nov 1993 - Aug 1994
The Wedding of Popeye and Olive Ocean Comics #1 1999
Popeye [E.C. Segar's Popeye] (Collection of Daily Strips) Fantagraphics #1 - #6 Sep 2006 - Feb 2012
E. C. Segar's Popeye: Plunder Island Fantagraphics N/A 2008
Popeye Halloween Mini-Comic Fantagraphics #1 2009
Popeye: The Great Comic Book Tales by Bud Sagendorf IDW N/A Feb 2011
Classic Popeye IDW #1 - ? Aug 2012 - Present
Popeye IDW #1 - #12 Apr 2012 - Apr 2013
Popeye IDW #1 - #3 Dec 2012 - Jul 2013
Mars Attacks Popeye IDW N/A Jan 2013
Classic Popeye IDW N/A Feb 2013
Popeye Classics IDW #1 - ? Feb 2013 - Present
Thimble Theatre Presents Popeye IDW #1 Mar 2014

Last Updated: 11/9/2016

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