Popeye the Sailorman was a cartoon character who became popular both in comics and animated cartoons. In both the comic strips and the TV animated cartoons, there were no clear plots regarding the stories that were portrayed. Nevertheless, they always showed Popeye’s capabilities in solving problems even though he seemed to be ill-mannered sometimes. His signature pipe was also shown to be of many use. In many instances, it had been use as a cutting torch, jet engine, propeller, periscope, and as whistle which he used to make his signature toot.

Popeye’s adventures usually included preventing Bluto from stealing Olive Oyl which he did by surpassing unimaginable tests. Interestingly, Olive was the only character who could hurt Popeye.


The Popeye comic books were mostly about his adventures that involved beating the Mafia and thwarting Bluto’s evil deeds. In the coming years, various series of the Popeye comics were printed and some specials were also released including The Wedding of Popeye and Olive Oyl and the reprinted version of the “Classic Popeye.”


The first Popeye cartoons aired in 1933. The animated cartoon would eventually elevate Popeye’s stardom much more than what he gained from the comics. The cartoon was usually about Popeye’s struggles, where he always got beaten before he took his can of spinach which gave him superhuman strength.

Since 1941, Popeye was transferred from various animations studios and production companies like Famous Studios, Paramount, Associated Artists Productions, Turner Entertainment and Warner Bros. Under these companies, various shorts including You’re Sap, Mr. Jap, Spooky Swabs, and other Popeye shorts were released. In 2001, The Popeye Show was aired in Cartoon Network.


Popeye the Sailor started airing in 1960. In the cartoon series, Bluto’s named was changed to Brutus. Most of the stories depicted in the show were lifted directly from the Popeye comic strips.

In 1978, The All New Popeye Hour came out where Bluto’s original name was retained. It changed its title into The Popeye and Olive Show in 1981 and ended in 1983. Other Popeye TV cartoons included Popeye and Son and a TV special entitle Popeye’s Voyage: The Quest for Pappy.