Saturday, April 01, 2006

"Hey, you're that Popeye-Jesus guy!"


Yeah, that's me. A few years back I did a six-page comic in one of my minis that channeled gospel passages via E.C. Segar's Popeye characters, and it's pretty much my Greatest Hit, the one most people who know my stuff remeber most fondly. It was one of those things where once you have the equation Popeye=Jesus in your head, all the other characters and situations kinda fell into place.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

You must post the entire Gospel According to Saint Segar. Your audience demand nothing less!

-lbw

crazycrone said...

Yes, please. Is there anywhere we can see the complete 'Gospel'?

Anonymous said...

Sean,

I saw you're blog and it brought back one of the my favorite laughs:

Years ago, I think it was 1988, My wife and I saw the Jesus statue in the Mormon Temple in Pheonix, which had huge forearms, and we both giggled "Hey, it's Popeye Jesus!" You're right, the whole story just falls into place. Wimpy as Judas at the Last Supper! Popeye on the cross - "Pappy, why have ye foresaken me?" You know the rest. By the time we were done with the tour of the temple we were rolling on the floor.

Anyway, I was wondering if you're strip ended the same way our joke does, with Popeye's shrouded body in the cave, when a can of spinach spontaneously falling over into his pipe, and POW! the boulder comes flying out of the mouth of the cave. Popeye flies down to Dante's inferno and busts the place up in whirlwind fashion and leaves Brutus frozen in the lake at the center. The cartoon ends in a seaside tavern with all the characters singing "He died for our sinnachk ... so we eat our spinachk, he's Popeye the savior man! Toot-toot!

I'm so glad someone with cartoon drawing skills took this up. I wonder if TVFunhouse would be interested in making a short out of it?

-bm