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The comic strips, cartoons and various media based on the character created by Elzie Crisler Segar in 1929, Popeye the Sailor.

Comic Strips & Animation:

  • Thimble Theatre aka Popeye (1919-present) - The original comic strip in which Popeye first appeared in 1929. The comic strip itself was already ten years old (as was Olive Oyl), but the sailor was so popular that his name became the title. The current Sunday strip (the only day new strips are run, as weekdays are reruns of classics) actually bears the Thimble Theatre name again, as current artist Randy Milholland plays up and draws on the long history of the strip.
  • Popeye the Sailor, the theatrical cartoon shorts by Fleischer Studios (1933-1942) and Famous Studios (1942-1957). Some of the theatrical cartoons have their own page:
  • Popeye the Sailor (1960) by King Features Syndicate note 
  • Popeye Meets the Man Who Hated Laughter (1972) - Television crossover special with other King Features Syndicate characters.
  • The All-New Popeye Hour (1978) by Hanna-Barbera. Like many H-B Saturday morning series of the time it was a semi-anthology with sub-series, including:
    • Adventures of Popeye - tradtional-style Popeye similar to the previous TV series, with shorts against his rogues gallery. Most often Bluto.
    • Popeye's Treasure Hunt - Popeye and Olive search to find a treasure while fending off someone trying to steal it. Usually Bluto.
    • The Popeye Sports Parade - Popeye demonstrates a sport against an opponent. Guess who the opponent is.
  • The Popeye Valentine Special: Sweethearts at Sea (1980) - A Holiday Special by the same Hanna-Barbera team making the then-current TV series
  • The Popeye & Olive Comedy Show (1981) - A continuation of All-New Popeye Hour, though now only a half-hour. Added two new types of shorts:
    • Prehistoric Popeye - Because H-B loved their The Flintstones derivatives as it allowed recycling backgrounds from those series
    • Private Olive Oyl - Olive and Alice the Goon join the Army. Parody of PrivateBenjamin
  • Popeye and Son (1987) - Also Hanna-Barbera. Popeye and Olive are finally married, and have a pre-teen son, Popeye Junior, while Bluto is married to a woman named Lizzie and has a son, Tank, who is Junior's rival. Lasted only one year, and none of the characters created for the show have ever reappeared in any subsequent media.
  • Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy (2004) - Computer-animated Christmas television special.
  • Popeye (2014) - Cancelled CGI animated film originally produced by Sony Pictures Animation. King Features Syndicate has since picked up the project.



Theme Parks and Attractions:

  • Popeye Village, Malta - The set built for the 1980 film, which was reconverted into a tourist resort.

Video Games:


  • Popeye's Cartoon Club (2019) - An online-only comic written and drawn by many guest artists that was a backdoor audition for the new Sunday strip artist.
  • Olive & Popeye (2022-present) A canon continuation of Cartoon Club by artists Emi Burdge (Tuesdays) and Randy Milholland (Thursdays).


  • Popeye's Island Adventures (2018) – a series of two-minute long shorts aimed at young children, showing ambiguously younger versions of the characters (Popeye still has some hair, while Bluto is clean-shaven) that don't actually talk (apparently done so that the shorts can be watched by anybody without a language barrier). Notably Popeye also doesn't have his pipe, the traditional toots being performed on an actual bosun's whistle, which is what the pipe was imitating in the first place.