Tuesday, September 27, 2011

George Wildman's Popeye!

In comic books (not the newspaper strip) two artists dominated the drawing of Popeye the Sailor. The first and best known was Bud Sagendorf, whose wonderful work can by seen in Craig yoe's recent Popeye: The Great Comic Book Tales Of Bud Sagendorf. The other artist, who we will be enjoying today, was George Wildman, who drew the squinty-eyed sailor for Charlton Comics from 1969 until approximately 1978. I just love the heck out of Wildman's nice, thick line (and his Wimpy in the second story is about perfect!). This is from Popeye No. 100, February 1970.

Professor O.G. Watasnozzle (here spelled "Wotasnozzle") was a Segar creation - a kind of mad (more silly than mad) scientist whose madcap inventions fueled many stories, like the following:

This ad from the same issue. I can't say I ever considered freckles "disfiguring." I always thought they made a girl look cute!

10 comments:

  1. Thanks for your interesting post of George Wildman's work! I've know George for 40 years. I started writing to him at age 12 or 13 and consider him a mentor. He will be profiled in a soon-to-be-released issue of "Charlton Spotlight" for which I painted the cover, a portrait of George at work. Incidentally, George's final Charlton "Popeye" was dated 1977, but about a year later he resumed drawing the character for Western (Gold Key/Whitman) until about 1982. I'd be glad to submit more information if you're interested. I passed this along to his son just now too.

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  2. If something can be both off-looking and appealing, it would be this version of Popeye. O.G. Wattasnozzle is such a weird looking character. He looks like he'd be fun to draw.

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  3. Donnie: Thanks so much for the update on George Wildman. I've always loved his work, and his work on Popeye was wonderful! Wildman's Popeye was instantly recognizable and completely his own.

    Great to see the Charlton Spotlight back in action! I've added it to my sidebar under "Comic Resources"

    Debbie: Isn't he great? I love that panel in that first story when Popeye punches Brutus. It so cool looking!

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  4. I love Wildman's Popeye work. He has a strong line and it whips nicely as he dashes off these romps. His Charlton books are always dandies.

    And I'm eager to get hold of that issue of Mike Ambrose's Charlton Spotlight. Those mags are infrequent but always rich and rewarding. I just ordered my copy a week or so ago.

    Rip Off

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  5. Rip: Great stuff, I agree. And, me too! on the Charlton Spotlight!

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  6. Hey! You put my website on your link section..... I didn't even know your website until now! How did you find out about it? It's Comics By Me.

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  7. Anonymous: You must have known about this blog as you sent me comments on two different posts asking for feedback here and here. Perhaps yours was just a generic mass mailing. At any rate, good luck with your cartooning.

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  8. A new issue of "Charlton Spotlight" is in the works now! And George Wildman has done some new art for it! It's a puzzle page featuring Popeye and friends.

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  9. There is a new issue of "Charlton Spotlight" in the works with a new page by George Wildman!

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