Visiting hometown of Popeye The Sailor Man – All Issues Cruise


With a mighty gulp of spinach, he may overcome any daunting process at hand. In spite of everything, this was Popeye The Sailor Man.

The squinting underdog would puff on his corncob pipe, flex his mighty muscular forearms with two anchor tattoos and use his superhuman power for good.

Typically he would possibly mutter some phrases in his mangled English language comparable to, “That’s all I can stands, cos I can’t stands no extra” or “I yam what I yam an’ tha’s all I yam” and, after all, “The place’s tha entrance to tha exit?”

When the American Queen stopped in Chester, Illinois, I used to be wanting ahead to visiting the “House of Popeye.” Utilizing the cruise line’s hop-on hop-off river coach, we headed to the Chester Welcome Heart with its big statue of Popeye. Then to Spinach Can Collectibles and Museum with its mass of cartoon collectibles.

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So why all of the Popeye paraphernalia on this metropolis that sits atop the bluffs overlooking the mighty Mississippi River? Easy. Elzie Crisler Segar, the person who created Popeye and his cohorts for his Thimble Theatre cartoon strip, was born in Chester on Dec. 8, 1894. Identified by the pen title E.C. Segar, the cartoonist modeled his caricature characters after Chester townspeople.

At age 18, Elzie determined to turn out to be a cartoonist. He took a correspondence course in cartooning and in his early profession he lined the 1919 World Collection and created eight cartoons from the sport for a newspaper sports activities web page.

Start of Popeye

After different cartoon work, it was the delivery of Popeye that turned Elzie’s most well-known creation. On Jan. 17, 1929, when Castor Oyl wanted a mariner to navigate his ship, Elzie had Castor decide up a weather-beaten underdog sailor named Popeye within the docks.

The spinach connection was mentioned to be a part of Popeye’s persona as a result of Elzie had eaten spinach routinely as a toddler. Elzie suffered from leukemia and his mother and father have been satisfied that spinach would possibly assist be a treatment.

Upon being requested if he was a sailor, Popeye’s first line within the Sunday newspaper caricature, “Ja suppose I’m a cowboy?”  Initially meant as a short-time character, Popeye turned the star when giant numbers of newspaper readers needed to see extra of the quirky sailor.

Elzie continued to supply Popeye and his sidekicks – Olive Oyl, Wimpy, Bluto, Ham Gravy, Swee Pea, Jeep, Sea Hag, Wiffle Hen, Alice the Goon, Poopdeck Pappy – whose exploits have been printed in 500 newspapers globally. After a protracted sickness, Elzie died of leukemia and liver illness on Oct. 13, 1938, at age 43.

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Following Elzie’s dying, the Popeye comedian was taken on by a number of completely different cartoonists. Popeye additionally was featured in cartoons, video video games, commercials and the 1980 live-action movie starring Robin Williams as Popeye.

Immediately, Chester has 19 Popeye statues, plus billboards and indicators with the comedian’s likeness on the Popeye and Associates Character Path. Even the Chester Police Division and Hearth Division have proudly worn Popeye’s picture.

This was my final cease on my American Queen cruise. After disembarking, many passengers loaded right into a cruise line river coach to the St. Louis Lambert Worldwide Airport the place I had a rental automobile ready to drive house. Fairly a cruise.

The American Queen, crew and shore excursions have been all great and a cruise I might suggest. In spite of everything, it was an American Queen cruise that took me to Popeye’s hometown and because the sailor himself would possibly say about cruising, “I ain’t no tailor however I do know what fits me.”

Photographs by Jackie Sheckler Finch

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