“I’m Popeye the Sailor Man

I’m Popeye the Sailor Man

I’m strong to the ‘finich’

’cause I eats me spinach

I’m Popeye the Sailor Man”

If you were a kid around the 1960s, then this song would be familiar to you. Popeye is the one-eyed sailor with a smoking pipe and huge forearm muscles. As strange as he might appear, the character was based on a real person.


Before Popeye became a theatrical cartoon short in 1933, it first emerged as a daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre in 1929. American cartoonist Elzie Crisler Segar created the sailor’s character. In the 1930s, Popeye the Sailor became one of the most popular cartoons.

Bluto and Popeye.

As the theme song says, He gets his strength by eating spinach(trying to get kids to eat their vegetables), although, in the original version, he got his luck from rubbing the head of the Whiffle Hen. Each episode of the shorts was standalone, without continuity from the previous one. Only one thing was consistent in the plots: the love triangle between Popeye, Olive Oyl, and Bluto, who always tried to get Olive at the expense of Popeye.