Popeye the Establishment Man

5 Nov

November 5, 2010

He is retired military yet still wears the uniform.
He has a short conservative haircut.
He eats his vegetables.
He resists change.
He is a one-woman man.
He stands up for traditional values.
He takes care of his father.
Even his tattoo is a sailor’s classic, an anchor.

The only thing that would make Popeye even more an establishment figure is if he beat up a hippie.

Ladies and Gentlemen, from 1959, here is Popeye beating up a hippie.

12 Responses to “Popeye the Establishment Man”

  1. JRD Skinner November 5, 2010 at 10:20 am #


    Not sure if you’ve seen this newspaper extinction timeline or not: http://www.futureexploration.net/Newspaper_Extinction_Timeline.pdf – but I’m not sure that Popeye is going to be one of the properties that can make the jump. I don’t see a new Popeye cartoon or movie being huge with the kids, and I have yet to see any of the big names step out of the papers and go entirely online, although it’s likely that or retirement.


  2. RetroJim November 5, 2010 at 3:48 pm #

    And that kids is the difference between eating your spinachk, and smoking your spinachk.

    It will be interesting to see if the PD status has any effect on the 1.5 billion pound a year Popeye industry. Can that number be correct?

    On a positive note, any sailors in the UK with a Popeye tattoo can no longer be sued for copyright infringement. Unlike here…


    • JRD Skinner November 5, 2010 at 8:46 pm #

      Wow, 1.5 billion pound!? I would never have guessed, maybe he’s huge in Japan?


      • bmj2k November 5, 2010 at 9:00 pm #

        He could be big in Germany, like Der Hoff.


    • bmj2k November 5, 2010 at 9:01 pm #

      BTW Jim, I just saw today that about 20 out of over 200 episodes of Popeye’s radio show still exist. Ever come across any?


  3. Supermonge November 6, 2010 at 10:51 am #

    I need to make some Popeye Posters..NICE!


  4. Allen Keyes November 8, 2010 at 12:33 am #

    Lost in this: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0976932/

    That’s right…..Brutus scores points with Olive by being a beatnik, and the only way Popeye can win her back….well, just check it out on YouTube


  5. Allen Keyes November 8, 2010 at 12:34 am #



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