Popeye the sailor is owned by
, a unit of Hearst. In Popeye’s early days, E.C. Segar often shared artwork drawn by fans at the end of the Thimble Theater comic strip. He called it Popeye’s Cartoon Club, giving readers a chance to share the page with Popeye. In 2019, in honor of Popeye's 90th birthday, King Features brought Popeye’s Cartoon Club back with a twist, inviting cartoonists from around the world to contribute their own comic strip featuring Popeye and his friends, which was digitally published on ComicsKingdom.com. “Popeye Variations” makes the work of these artists available for the first time in print.
The project includes pin-ups from contributors such as “Adventure
“We’re excited to publish this amazing collection of Popeye art, some seen in limited circles, but all deserving to be shared with Popeye fans around the world,” says Hank Kanalz, publisher. “Craig Yoe and Robbie Robbins have curated and designed a beautiful hardcover that must not be missed.”
“This special book is packed with illustrated eye candy that we know fans will adore,” says Christina Nix Lynch, licensing director, King Features. “But we are particularly thrilled that the prolific talent responsible for the Popeye's Cartoon Club digital comics will have the opportunity to see their work live on through a new medium in this beautifully curated anthology.”
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