Popeye

Popeye 12 (April 2013)

Langridge goes out of his way to give the feature a distinct look. He’s got a lot more lines–for backgrounds–than the other Popeye artists usually use and it gives the story an aged quality. Langridge is crossing Popeye over with another comic strip character, Barney Google, and he takes it seriously. Castor and Wimpy are […]

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Popeye 11 (March 2013)

Bluto’s back in town, this time touring as a magician. Popeye and company go to the show, Wimpy gets a ventriloquist act going (show business means hamburgers) and general mayhem occurs. The issue’s as close to all-action as Langridge’s gotten on this series. There’s nothing else going on except Olive’s occasionally inappropriate comments about Bluto’s […]

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Popeye 10 (February 2013)

Langridge continues the odd trend. This issue, in Sappo, there’s this incredibly awful moment and Langridge plays it for laughs. It’s downright disturbing. Lovely art from Ken Wheaton though; a lot of the strip is charming. The Popeye feature is excellent, with Toar having to box Popeye to get citizenship. Everyone finds out the motive […]

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Popeye 9 (January 2013)

It’s a strange issue. Not the Sappo backup so much, but the feature is just… unpleasant. A new burger sensation has hit town and Alice (she’s Swee’Pea nanny) doesn’t like it. Turns out Bluto is exploiting people in a third world country (or island) to produce the burgers, which are mushroom-based. It’s kind of hard […]

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Popeye 8 (December 2012)

It’s a full-length adventure–Langridge breaks it out into three acts and follows through. I was a little surprised how carefully he plotted the third act; the issue runs on jokes, not the narrative, but Langridge keeps both going. Popeye’s dad has fallen for a younger woman and Popeye’s suspicious (act one). It turns out she’s […]

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Popeye 7 (November 2012)

Langridge drawing Popeye looks exactly like… Popeye. This issue’s the first Langridge does the art on too and I guess I was expecting something else. It’s great art, it’s just great Popeye art. Langridge never has ego problems so I don’t know why I’m surprised. The feature story has Popeye and Castor on a case […]

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Popeye 6 (October 2012)

It’s a book length story. Langridge and artist Ken Wheaton do a great job of it too. Langridge probably could have rushed the story, but by taking the whole issue, he lets Wheaton’s art breath a little. The word balloons aren’t packed full of text. Wheaton is able to give conversations reaction shots, for example. […]

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Popeye 5 (September 2012)

It’s a parenting issue. There are two stories concerning Popeye’s parenting abilities. The first is a babysitting adventure. Swee’Pea goes missing, ending up on the wrong side of town and joining a gang. Swee’Pea, it turns out, is really good at knocking the fleas off dogs. While Ozella does a fine job with the art, […]

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Popeye 4 (August 2012)

The Popeye feature suffers a little from lack of intelligent characters. For a second, I thought Castor Oyl would prove smart; he does not. Wimpy does show intelligence… and never gets recognized for it. But Langridge never loses track of him, which is sort of a reward. Langridge loses track of everyone at some point […]

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