Hearne: Popeye on Life Support? Not Yet but Visit to Museum Worrisome

As superheroes go, Popeye falls into a somewhat problematic category…

His identity’s widely known – no Clark Kent action here. He doesn’t wear a costume per se (unless you count the sailor suit). And while like like other superheroes Popeye stems from a cartoon, he’s had a devil of a time matriculating into today’s adult movie mindset. For the most part Popeye remains but a kiddie icon and object of nostalgia among aging adults.

Which brings us my brief stop yesterday at the Popeye Museum in Chester, Illinois, hometown of creator

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7 Responses to Hearne: Popeye on Life Support? Not Yet but Visit to Museum Worrisome

  1. Anonymous says:

    Orphan of the Road
    Many of the cartoons are WWII era and are politically incorrect.

    The Robin Williams movie didn’t help any either.

  2. Anonymous says:

    L.P.
    According to Wikipedia, last year Popeye fell into public domain in most countries outside of the U.S. They also say the daily strip has been reprints since 1992 (though apparently Sundays remain new), which probably means it’s in few newspapers. I suspect both have much to do with King Features Syndicate’s lack of interest in promoting the character. Next week Annie (the continuation of Little Orphan Annie) ends. Even classic comic strips have a finite life.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Marva in Mission Hills
    Well, I wondered where you were–and here you post from out of town. Do you worry someone might break into your house and I don’t know, steal your back issue collection of the Kansas City Star???

  4. Anonymous says:

    MandDShagger
    Only a matter of time before somebody does the whole porn anime thing with Popeye, Olive Oyl, Brutus, Wimpy and omigosh! Sweet Pea.

    Spinach will probably effect a different appendage on Popeye though and pop-eye may have a whole new meaning.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Bob
    I like politically incorrect!

  6. Anonymous says:

    can’t say
    It must of been around ten years ago that I remember reading something locally about Popeye being one of the worlds most recognizable figures yet he was not being used or promoted. A local company (Hallmark, AMC, Sprint?) was going to use him as a commercial figure as it cost little and he was well known. Maybe it was AMC. Any way the idea never seemed to get far off the ground. But I can see a lot of potential with that.

    Reminds me Oak Park Mall use to have a shop. Maybe a Warner Brothers place where you could buy TV and movie merchandise. I tried like crazy last weekend to try to find some LOST shirts. No luck. Any one know where you can get stuff like that. I tried a Specers which i think we only have one of those left. Hot Topic no luck. Any ideas???

  7. Anonymous says:

    can’t say
    suppose to be Spencers

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