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    Popeye Stock Poster (Paramount, 1930s). French Petite (23.5" X 31.5"). The creation of cartoonist Elzie Chrisler Segar, Popeye was introduced as almost a throw-away character in the Thimble Theater adventures of Castor Oyl and Ham Gravy on January 17, 1929. Before long, Popeye the Sailor proved so popular that he largely moved the other characters out of their own strip! He appeared in a classic series of cartoons produced by the legendary Fleischer Studios, and has been a worldwide sensation ever since. Offered here is an attractive French petite for the release of the Fleischer cartoons in that country. Although it is undated, there are several clues that point to its origin in the 1930s: 1) When Popeye was originally transported to France, sometime in the mid-1930s, he was known as "Mathurin," as seen on this poster. All research shows that he regained his original name by the end of the decade. 2) Fleischer Studios began releasing Popeye cartoons in 1933 and continued until they were bought out by Paramount - previously Fleischer's distributor - in 1941, at which time the name was changed to Famous Studios. Although both the Fleischer name and Paramount logo appear on this poster, there is no mention of Famous Studios. 3) The legal credit in the bottom right reads, "By arrangement with King Syndicate and Segar." Segar passed away in 1938. For these reasons, we date this colorful French petite to the decade of the 1930s, making it very desirable indeed. There were pinholes in the borders, and fold wear with crossfold separation, but professional restoration, including airbrushing in the borders, has rendered these minor issues virtually invisible. For fans of the spinach-eating sailor, this is a must have! Fine/Very Fine on Linen.

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