Popeye #1

#1 Posted by G-Man (39790 posts) - - Show Bio

It's great to see Popeye back in comic book form. It's crazy to think how long it's been since he's appeared in comics.

The Good

I haven't watched episodes of Popeye in a long time. Growing up, I probably watched pretty much all the episodes on a syndicated channel and really loved the old black and white episodes. The idea of bringing back Popeye in new adventures was a scary thought, even though the idea is a great one. The (obvious) key is ensuring the stories retain the quality and feel fans of the show would expect. The good news is, that feeling is there.

The first thing you'll notice is the art by Bruce Ozella. The art is spot on for what I'd want to see in a Popeye comic. The story by Roger Langridge channels the classic feel of Popeye. There's no way you can't help but get excited over a story focusing on Eugene the Jeep. We also get appearances by Olive Oyl, her brother Castor, Wimpy, Bluto and even the Sea Hag.

The Bad

It's a great story but three fourths of the way, it feels like it loses something. I was thrilled that the story was a feature length tale and this comic wasn't filled with a bunch of short tales. I was completely sucked into the story but then was almost confused at how quickly it was all resolved.

Olive Oyl was pretty interesting here. I must have forgotten how...harsh she could come across (I gotta dig out that DVD I have with the old 'classic' episodes). I recall her fawning over Popeye often but you could say she came across as a bit rude and cold to him here.

Where's the spinach? Popeye's a tough guy but he never ate any. Sure you won't have the Popeye theme music playing while he opens the can and devours the contents but I kept waiting for it to happen.

The Verdict

Popeye's back. I was a little scared at how it would turn out but this issue shows that the characters are in good hands. I might have had high expectations and because of that I felt the story lost a little steam towards the end. Despite that, Langridge is the perfect writer for this series. Immediately you get the sense that he fully gets who the characters are supposed to be. Often when classic characters are brought back, they can come across as pale imitations of who they're supposed to be. I have no doubt that this series will continue to bring a smile to my face with Landgridge on board. Of course because this is based on an animated series, the visuals play an equally important role. Ozella nails it with his depiction of all the characters. Looking at the pages makes you think you're looking a freshly reprinted story that your grandfather might have read in his youth. As a fan of the show in my childhood, I may have been a little harder when looking over the entire issue but the series is off to a great start and I am ecstatic to be able to buy and read a new Popeye series. My thanks go out to all involved in making this series happen.

#2 Posted by The Stegman (29986 posts) - - Show Bio

The cover is just plain awesome

#3 Posted by cjeromek (8 posts) - - Show Bio

Actually I thought this was based on the original comic strip which may explain the different characterizations and he barely even ate spinach in the original strip.

#4 Posted by tonis (6561 posts) - - Show Bio

loved Popeye as a kid, especially Wimpy :)

I'd get this just on that cover alone but I'm glad you mentioned the feel is there, I'd hate to see a sappy Pops.

#5 Posted by SylentEcho (78 posts) - - Show Bio

Not even one reference to the Action Comics 1 cover in this review? The cover is clearly a tribute to Superman.

#6 Posted by PowerHerc (86141 posts) - - Show Bio


Strong to the finach cause he eats his spinach.

#7 Posted by G-Man (39790 posts) - - Show Bio

@SylentEcho: I didn't think it needed to be said since it was so obvious. It is a great cover.

#8 Edited by SylentEcho (78 posts) - - Show Bio

@G-Man: Yeah, but there's a lot of newbies out there. It would be pretty cool if they read that in your review and expanded their horizons by reading up on old Superman stories too. Good review nonetheless.

@PowerHerc: *spinichk. Heh, his enunciation was so ridiculous, it had me in splits every time I saw him.

#9 Posted by umbrafeline (5919 posts) - - Show Bio

i have an autographed copy of popeye signed by chris yanbar that i got at the steel city comic con along with 2 'i dream of jeanies' for i think it was $10 [not sure] and the popeye book featured his origin

#10 Posted by Mucklefluga (2651 posts) - - Show Bio

Whaaaaaa !!! NO SPINACH!!! The first thing i think of when i see Popeye is spinach, then his laugh of course. Hopefully next ish we'll see it.

#11 Posted by cbishop (9533 posts) - - Show Bio

Olive was often rude and naggy to Popeye, and to Bluto too. Her character often came off as the spoiled shrew girlfriend. There were at least a couple of instances of it even being Olive who ate the spinach, and wiped the floor with both Bluto and Popeye. She wasn't all hearts and eyelashes at Popeye.

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