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    E.C. Segar Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye Daily Comic Strip Eugene the Jeep Original Art dated 7-29-36 (King Features Syndicate, 1936). Over the years, there have quite a few unusual "animals" featured as bit players in comic strips that have become cultural icons -- Al Capp's Shmoo in Li'l Abner and Snoopy in Charles Schulz's Peanuts immediately come to mind. One of the earliest examples is also one of the strangest creatures ever to roam the funny pages. Eugene the Jeep was first introduced on March 16, 1936 as a present to Olive Oyl, sent by her explorer Uncle Ben Oyl. The Jeep was explained to be "an animal living in a three dimensional world... but really belonging to a fourth dimensional world" by way of life cels from that dimension somehow crossed over and mixed with those of an African "Hooey Hound." The Jeep could, at will, disappear and walk through walls and ceilings, with the power to communicate through body language.
    In this daily, which came at the end of a plotline involving Mr. Chizzleflint's attempt to steal Eugene, the mysterious pet is gifted to Popeye from Olive, who was obviously tired of his shenanigans. Popeye, knowing the Jeep's abilities, welcomes the little guy, and together they will soon begin a quest to find Popeye's long-lost father, Poopdeck Pappy. It is, as they said in Casablanca, "the beginning of a beautiful friendship." This important daily, titled "Come to Papa," was featured in Shirley Glubock's 1979 book The Art of the Comic Strip, on Pages 44 and 45.
    The art is in ink over graphite with blue pencil on Bristol board, with an approximate image of 20.5" x 4.5". There is some minor handling wear and a few very light stains, but is otherwise in Excellent condition. It's five panels of pure Segar magic, and a must-have for any serious Popeye collector. "Jeep Jeep!"

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