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    Elzie Crisler Segar - Original Comic Strip Art for Popeye Daily dated 9-5-32 (King Features Syndicate, 1932). On January 17, 1929, when Castor Oyl asked the gruff looking gentleman with the sailor's cap, corncob pipe, and anchors tattooed on his forearms, "Hey there! Are you a sailor?", and received the response, "'Ja think I'm a cowboy?", little did he, or anyone know that we were witnessing the birth of a comics superstar. Popeye was originally conceived as a walk-on character in E.C. Segar's Thimble Theater, a popular strip that had been running since 1919. Within a year of Popeye's first appearance, he had become the star of the strip, which was soon after renamed in his honor. The strip offered here, from relatively early in Popeye's career, features both Popeye and Olive Oyl (Castor's spindly sister), and is in excellent condition. Measuring approximately 21.25" x 5.25" overall, the words "The face in the moonlight" have been written along the bottom margin in blue pencil, presumably in Segar's own hand. A dark, moody example, with a pleasing sense of implied menace, the strip is signed by Segar in the last panel.

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    April, 2004
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