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Fleischer Studios (1933-1942) Popeye the Sailor - Original Vintage Production Art

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Popeye the Sailor was created by Elzie Crisler Segar (8 December, 1894 – 13 October, 1938), and made his debut in January 17, 1929 in the King Features comic strip, "Thimble Theatre". Shortly after his debut, he became one of the most popular characters in the 1930's, and exceeded Disney's iconic Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck in popularity during that time.

In November 1932, Max and Dave Fleischer (Fleischer Studios) bought the production rights from Segar to produce a series of animated films featuring Popeye along with other Thimble Theatre characters. Popeye made his first animated debut in a Betty Boop short in July 14, 1933, called "Popeye the Sailor". The short (which belonged to the Betty Boop series) featured Popeye and Olive Oyl. Due to its massive popularity, Fleischer Studios featured Popeye in his own series ("Popeye the Sailor Series) with the release of the first film of the series in September 29, 1933 called, "I Yam what I Yam."

Here is the very first episode debuting Popeye the Sailor, from the Betty Boop Cartoon.

All of these pieces are original vintage production cels from the 1930's series "Popeye the Sailor". There are no reproductions, limited editions, or sericels. All of my artwork is 100% original.

In order to view more detailed information of each individual piece, click on each image link.

 Original 1933 Fleischer Studios Cel "I Yam What I Yam" - Popeye and Olive Oyl

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