Individual Author Record
Name: Elsie Crisler SegarPen Name: E.C. Segar Genre: Fiction Born: 1894 Sites:
Illinois ConnectionE. C. Segar was born on Dec. 8, 1894, in Chester, Illinois.
Biographical and Professional InformationElzie Crisler Segar worked as a drummer and film projectionist at a local theater while taking a correspondence course in cartooning. He eventually moved to Chicago, and was hired by the Chicago Herlad, which in March 1916 published Segar's first (but short-lived) comic strip, Charlie Chaplin's Comedy Capers. After media mogul William Randolph Hearst bought and closed the Herald, Segar was sent to King Feature Syndicate in New York City, where he created Thimble Theatre, a strip starring a coy flapper named Olive Oyl, her fiance Harold Hamgravy and various members of the Oyl family. It would be another 10 years before the now-legendary Popeye would appear, initially only as a supporting character for one storyline. However, when the sailor bowed out on June 27, 1929, reader complaints poured in; a few weeks later, Popeye was back for good.
I Yam What I Yam, Fantagraphics Books, 2006
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Popeye, Vol. 1: I Yam What I Yam
ISBN: 1560977795 Fantagraphics Books. 2006 by E.C. Segar
Completing the run of Segar's Thimble Theatre comic strip (dailies and color Sundays) featuring Popeye. In this first volume, covering 1928-1930, Popeye's initial courtship of Olive Oyl takes center stage, while Olive's brother Castor Oyl discovers the mysterious Whiffle Hen. Also, the entire cast meets the Sea Hag for the first time in their pursuit of the "Mystery House" (Popeye's first extended daily narrative), and Castor Oyl attempts to turn Popeye into a boxing champion in a series of hilarious Sunday strips.