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Title: Thimble Theater Starring Popeye vol. 1

Series: Tempo 17296-8

Characters: Popeye, Olive Oyl, Wimpy, Swee’Pea, Poopdeck Pappy, Sea Hag, Bernard the Buzzard, Granny

Noticeably absent characters: Bluto, Jeep

Creators: by Bud Sagendorf

Year: 1961, 1979 King Features Syndicate Inc.

Publisher(s): Tempo Books, Grosset & Dunlap

Story: Collection of strips. First storyline has Popeye and Olive (trapped?) in the desert/old west. And that segways into Poopdeck Pappy getting married to the Sea Hag. And that storyline introduces Granny (Pappy’s mother) to the comic strip. 

Good/Bad: Fun comics. 

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Popeye Classics #54

Bud Sagendorf (w & a & c)
The genius of Bud Sagendorf! You’ll have plenty of ARF ARFs when you read about Popeye going up against Dynamite Dan in “Gentlemen Only!” Swee’pea, Pappy, Olive Oil and Wimpy join the one-eyed sailor in “Gone!” Plus “Mountain Monster” and “O.G. Wottasnozzle, The Only Man on Earth with the Atomic Brain.”
FC • 32 pages • $4.99
Bullet points:
Variant cover by Jorge Gutierrez!

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Title: Popeye

Series: Wonder Books 667

Characters: Popeye, Swee’Pea, Olive Oyl, Wimpy

Noticeably absent characters: Bluto, Pappy, Jeep

Creators: illustrated by Bud Sagendorf

Year: 1955 King Features Syndicate Inc.

Publisher(s): Wonder Books, Grosset & Dunlap Inc.

Story: Wimpy and Swee’Pea go fishing and run into trouble only Popeye can solve. 

Good/Bad: Great art, good story.

A previous version of this book was published by Treasure Books, similar to Little Golden Books, just without the foil, and the only license the company had was King Features. 

Happy Birthday to the wonderful Billy Strayhorn, 100 today! (November 29, 1915 - May 31, 1967) pictured here with the equally wonderful Duke Ellington.

Strayhorn’s relationship with Ellington was always difficult to pin down: Strayhorn was a gifted composer and arranger who seemed to flourish in Duke’s shadow. Ellington was arguably a father figure and the band was affectionately protective of the diminutive, mild-mannered, unselfish Strayhorn, nicknamed by the band “Strays”, “Weely”, and “Swee’ Pea”. Ellington may have taken advantage of him, but not in the mercenary way that others had taken advantage of Ellington; instead, he used Strayhorn to complete his thoughts, while giving Strayhorn the freedom to write on his own and enjoy at least some of the credit he deserved. Though Duke Ellington took credit for much of Strayhorn’s work, he did not maliciously drown out his partner. Ellington would make jokes onstage like, “Strayhorn does a lot of the work but I get to take the bows!”