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Popeye, Vol. 4: Plunder Island (Complete Popeye #4)

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With this fourth volume of our beloved series, Segar’s Popeye
reaches one of its highest peaks in “Plunder Island,” the glorious,
epic-length Sunday-continuity adventure that ran for eight months and pitted the intrepid sailor man against the malevolent Sea Hag and her terrifying, grotesque sidekick the Goon — helped, and sometimes hindered by, the easily corruptible J. Well

Hardcover, 168 pages
Published December 22nd 2009 by Fantagraphics (first published August 30th 2009)
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Jun 20, 2010 Andy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: swabs, avast ye
Cupid's arrow seems to be working overtime in the 4th volume of Popeye comic strip reprints. Wimpy romances the Sea Hag and even Olive Oyl (upon hearing of her inheriting $20 million). Spurned by Olive's new-found snobbery, Popeye rescues a beautiful heiress named June Vanripple who finds his ugliness ruggedly attractive (shades of Bukowski!). There's a lot of romance, weird, but its okay, there's still tons of seafarin' and boxing matches to enjoy. Popeye rules.
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Apr 03, 2016 Bob Garrett rated it it was amazing
Volume Two of this Fantagraphics reprint series collects THIMBLE THEATER daily and Sunday strips from 1933-1935. We see a lot of old favorite characters, along with some new ones and a few notable changes.

The biggest change, I suppose, is the “softening” of Popeye’s character. In 1934, King Features syndicate ordered Segar to make Popeye nicer, because the character had become very popular (Those famous Fleischer Brothers cartoons had debuted in movie theaters a year earlier), and, as I understa
Sep 12, 2013 B rated it it was amazing
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If someone says that this book is flies in their soup, the only response is: "No, you must be thinking of a book written by Jones, one of the Jones boys. This book is eggs in your coffee."

One J. Wellington Wimpy, a moocher of the old school, takes charges of this book and does not let go. He invites you into his life for a lot of laughs and HE brings the laughs. There does not seem to be too much creativity in a lot of the repetition, but there is, there is. This is a humor like Grimwig in Olve
Jan 02, 2012 J. rated it really liked it
Another excellent entry in this wonderful series of comic strip books done right. Well bound, good colors and clear printing. The well-known Plunder Island story included, but plenty of other gems. Popeye in a black silk teddy, dressed in drag as his own twin sister (to catch a gold stealing gang, of course), or in love with a beautiful Heiress, all good stuff. Hey, was that an enema bag joke on page 158? I think so. The Puddleburg Weekly Splash's hiring of one of those miserable drudges, a comi ...more
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Apr 29, 2014 Dang Ole' Dan Can Dangle rated it it was ok
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168 pages of Popeye is one of the most exhausting things ever. I exaggerate, but the ole' sailor's charm comes off best in short bursts. As primitive as it is it's nonetheless imaginative, especially when it comes to its characters (Popeye can get annoying, but J. Wellington Wimpy is easily one of comics' all-time greatest characters), and its long form narrative and continuity is well done and impressive for the time. Segar's art fits this pulp slapstick adventure well.

The introduction by Rich
Jul 31, 2011 Dominick rated it it was amazing
Segar's really cooking here, especially in the dailies. It seems odd to me that as a rule, the dailies are better than the Sundays, despite the greater scope afforded by the Sunday page size and colour, but there it is. The stories are stunningly good combinations of ongoing adventures with lot sof action and gag strips; virtually every stip is both a polished gem on its own as well as a piece of the bigger ongoing narrative. And they are fun, loopy stories that are scarcely interested in realis ...more
Jeff Lewonczyk
Nov 01, 2016 Jeff Lewonczyk rated it it was amazing
These Popeye collections always take me many months to get through, a few strips at a time, but they're always so worth it. Quentin Tarantino describes the "hangout movie" - the kind of film that you don't watch for plot or production so much as to just hang out with the characters for a while - and Popeye/Thimble Theatre is one of the great "hangout strips." To just spend time in the company of these characters as they bumble their way through any number of ridiculous situations is a real pleas ...more
Aug 02, 2011 Ron rated it really liked it
Superficially, Segar's work appears to be that of a hack, grinding out repetitive material to meet a deadline. Nothing could be further from the truth, as this material matches almost anything from that era in inventiveness.
Dec 28, 2010 Shannon marked it as to-read
Another X-mas present!!
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