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    Popeye Stock Poster (Paramount, 1939). One Sheet (27" X 41").
    Elzie Chrisler Segar introduced what would become his most famous creation on January 17, 1929 in his popular comic strip, Thimble Theater. Seeking to hire a boat, Castor Oyl finds a likely looking gob standing on a pier. "Hey there! Are you a sailor?" Castor asks. The squinty-eyed seaman, his arms tattooed with anchors, candidly replies, "Ja think I'm a cowboy?" Thus, the comic reading public first met Popeye the Sailor, who would quickly take over Thimble Theater and go on to headline his own long-running strip. In 1933, Popeye made his first animated appearance in a Betty Boop cartoon, and was soon starring in his own shorts, produced by Fleischer Studios. Fleischer was absorbed by Paramount in 1939, and the Popeye series continued until 1957, in which year the catalog of cartoons began appearing on TV, where they've been seen ever since. Offered here is an early Popeye stock poster, which bears both the Fleischer Studios and Paramount names. It had crossfold separation, a chip in the top left corner, a piece missing in the left border, and pinholes in the corners, but expert professional restoration has returned this poster to a like-new appearance. Fine- on Linen.

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