Today's post is a bit of a diversion from the usual.
In my travels across the inter-web searching for beautiful and thought provoking black and white artwork, I came across quite a number of original pages and strips selling at auction houses and private galleries. As the last post, this entry comes from the Lewis Wayne Gallery.
Elzie Segar (1894-1938) was a platinum age cartoonist. In 1920 he created The Thimble Theater, a strip that started running in the New York Journal. The Thimble Theater featured a beanpole-thin heroine named Olive Oyl and her brother Castor. About ten years later Segar introduced a character that became a huge hit, that's right, you guessed it -- Popeye the Sailor was born.
The strip below is notable in that while it was accepted by King Features Syndicate, it was censored by a great number of the nations newspapers, being deemed too grisly. Today's readers wouldn't bat an eyelash at the work, although it is remains a hilarious cartoon from one of comics greatest creators. From the POPEYE Sunday strip dated 10-1-33.