Popeye Classics #59 Review

IDW and Yoe Books reprinting of the class Popeye #59 is a madcap of fun and hilarity.

Popeye #59 has four stories enclosed; two of which are Popeye.

Popeye an’ Swee’Pea in “Salty the Parrot”

A zany story about a Parrot that knows the location of all of the hidden pirate treasure. At the beginning, the parrot is playing tricks on Swee’Pea by using Popeye’s voice to make Swee’Pea do strange things, like stand on his head. The parrot even manages to swindle Wimpy into standing on his head. Later, the Sea Hag’s henchmen kidnap Swee’Pea, mistaking him for the parrot, and Popeye must come to the rescue.

This story was full of fun sailor lingo and a silly plot that anyone could enjoy. There was little spinach eating and fist swinging, but the story still has a great Popeye vibe. The story made me feel nostalgic for the Popeye reruns I use to watch as a kid.

“The Biggest Bubble”

“The Biggest Bubble” is the second story and is a written page about an Uncle who tells his nephew a story about how he was trapped in a giant bubble and was freed by popping the bubble on a ship’s mast. The nephew’s knowledge of ships far exceeds his uncle’s and he catches him in his lie.

I wish “The Biggest Bubble” was drawn instead of written. It seems like a visually comical story. It’s short enough that it didn’t lose my attention, but it would have been fun to see Uncle Elmo bopping around in a bubble.

Popeye An’ Wimpy in “Enough!” or “Scram Wimpy!” or “Sorry You Have to Go!”

Yes, those are all the title for the third story in this classic. Popeye gets frustrated at Wimpy for always taking advantage of their friendship, so he yells at Wimpy to go away. A Native finds Wimpy in the desert and tries to sacrifice him to the rain god.

This was another kooky story starring Popeye. The art remains consistent throughout and shows a lot of fun wacky emotions. This story lacked spinach and fighting, which is what I want out of my Popeye stories. The secondary characters took up most of the plots for both Popeye stories and only involved Popeye at the end to solve their conflicts.

“Professor O.G. Wotasnozzle”

The final story, “Professor O.G. Wotasnozzle” is as goofy as the Professor’s name. The Professory must convince someone to test his latest invention, a spaceship modeled after a yo-yo. I loved this story. It had the physical comedy I was hoping for in the Popeye stories, with a clever plot, and comedic ending. I loved how expressive the drawings were. The moon even grimaces in a funny panel.

Overall, this was a fun book. I wish there was more action from Popeye but I was satisfied to see his friends take the spotlight for an issue.

Popeye Classic #59 originally published 1961. Written and drawn by Bud Sagendorf. The reprinting is published by Ted Adams. Editors include Ted Adams, Cliza Gussoni, and Craig Yoe.

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