The New, Improved 1939 Popeye, Now With Muscles

In an earlier post, I was quite critical of the King Features Characters that showed up at the 1933 Century of Progress in Chicago. I’m pleased to report that somebody must have alerted King Features Syndicate to the sub-standard characters, because six years later, we have these improved versions out for a night on the town, going to see Olsen & Johnson’s Hellzapoppin’. Still far from perfect – the illusion is shattered on Wimpy in particular, due to the visibility of the performer’s face and neck, but at least KFS is trying. The performer portraying Olive Oyl was doubtless cast on the basis of her (his?) wonderfully knobby knees.

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