Saturday, February 12, 2011
Hy Eisman - Popeye
Hy Eisman... Popeye 2010.10.09
Eisman started drawing comic strips in 1950 working on several strips including Kerry Drake, Little Iodine, the Katzenjammer Kids (the second oldest comic strip created in 1897 by Rudolph Dirks).
Popeye first appeared in 1929 as part of the comic strip Thimble Theatre, which debuted in 1919, was the creation of E.C. Segar. Eisman started drawing the Sunday panel in 1994, joining several well known artists who have drawn the pugilistic sailor including Doc Winner, Bela Zaboly, Ralph Stein, Bud Sagendorf and Bobby London.
Popeye has become one of the most well-known comic characters having been featured in comic books, cartoons (first appearing with Betty Boop in 1933) a live action movie starring Robin Williams, games and advertising.
Popeye the sailor's character has a unique method of speech, overly muscular arms on a thin body, smokes a corn-cob pipe and eats spinach to provide his super-human strength. He is often at odds with his nemesis Bluto over the affection of Olive Oyl.
Eisman is also known for the many comic books he has drawn, featuring the characters Nancy, Little Lulu, Tom and Jerry and the Munsters, and several Charlton Comics.