Popeye the Sailor - The
cartoon character Popeye the Sailor has been
immortalized in statues in two cities in America.
Chester, IL Statue
The first was dedicated in Crystal City, Texas
on March 26, 1937 to honor the region's spinach
industry. Inscribed on its base was Popeye's
favorite saying "I'm Popeye the Sailor Man. I am
what I am and that's all that I am."
statue of Popeye is located in Chester, Illinois
overlooking the Mississippi River in Segar
Memorial Park. This statue honors Elzie Crisler
Segar the Chester native who created the famous
spinach-loving sailor (he originally liked
Segar's muscle-bound Popeye character
debuted in the comic strip "Thimble Theater" on
January 17, 1929 when Olive Oyl's then
boyfriend, Ham Gravy recruited Popeye for an
Within a year, Ham Gravy was
written out of the strip and Popeye replaced him
as Olive's sweetheart.
In 1932, Max Fleischer
procured the rights from King Features to
produce a series of Popeye Cartoons, which
appeared on film in the Betty Boop cartoon
entitled Popeye the Sailor (1933).
Popeye's creator died in 1938 at the age of
forty-four from complications from a spleen
ailment but his nautical hero remained to
entertain generations to come.
Between the years 1958-63, a number of Popeye
cartoons, formerly seen only in theaters, became
available to local television markets
nationwide. THE ALL NEW POPEYE HOUR was produced
for CBS from 1978-81.
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