Friday, March 1, 2024

Popeye Plays Golf! er . . "Gorf"

Good afternoon, Kids! So nice to visit with you all again!

Today we have the tried-and-true work of Mr. Bud Sagendorf, the assistant for Popeye creator E.C. Segar. Mr. Sagendorf went to work for Mr. Segar as a teenager, working for $50 a week on Thimble Theater and Sappo. Following Segar's death in 1938, Sagendorf moved to New York City and went to work for King Features developing marketing materials while also developing Popeye toys and games.

From 1948 until 1967, Mr. Sagendorf was the sole artist-writer of the ongoing Popeye comic book across three different publisher (Dell, Gold Key, and King Comics). In 1959, he assumed complete command of the Thimble Theater comic strip.

What I truly love about Bud Sagendorf is that, unlike nearly every other cartoonist I have highlighted on this blog, he (for all intents and purposes) spent his entire artistic life rendering a single cartoon world: Thimble Theater and all the wonderful characters that inhabited the Popeye universe.

Let’s enjoy some of Mr. Sagendorf's bouncy, kinetic work now. This comes from Popeye No. 11, February-March 1950. This is all Sagendorf, including the cover and the back-cover at the post's end.

Well, that's all for now, Kids! Coming up next, shall we try a little Super Mouse by the great Milt Stein? I think we shall!

I will see you all again very soon. Until then, I hope you are all warm, safe, and happy!

--Your friend, Mykal


  1. This is a great example of Bud Sagendorf's earlier comic book work! Thanks for posting this!

  2. My pleasure, Donnie. Always good to hear from you!

  3. Good story. Bud Sagendorf's writing is excellent -- filled with great gags.


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