Monday, October 09, 2006
I think i have mentioned Billy Costello here before but no excuses for uploading some more of his Popeye personna. Not sure if these were from the days of Max Fleischer but they sound pretty old to me. Above is "Blow The Man Down" send on a tape from a kind person who knows I like this sort of thing.
Here's what Wikipedia has to say about Popeye The Sailor-
"Popeye the Sailor is a famous comic strip character, later featured in popular animated cartoons. He was created by Elzie Crisler Segar (who would sign some of his early Popeye comic strips with a cigar because it sounded the same as his name) and first appeared in the King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929. Popeye quickly became the main focus of the strip, which was one of King Features' most popular strips during the 1930s. Thimble Theatre, carried on after Segar's 1938 death by artists such as Bud Sagendorf, was renamed Popeye in the 1970s. Today drawn by Hy Eisman, Popeye continues to appear in first-run strips in Sunday papers (daily Popeye strips are reruns of older strips).
In 1933, Max and Dave Fleischer's Fleischer Studios adapted the Thimble Theatre characters into a series of Popeye the Sailor theatrical cartoon shorts for Paramount Pictures. These cartoons proved to be among the most popular of the 1930s, and Popeye at one time rivaled Mickey Mouse for popularity among audiences. After Paramount assumed control of the Fleischer Studio in 1942, they continued producing the series until 1957. Future Popeye cartoons were produced for television from 1960 to 1962 by King Features, and from 1978 to 1982 as well as 1987 to 1988 by Hanna-Barbera Productions."
Billy Costello - Nobody's Sweetheart Now
Billy Costello - Teddy Bears Picnic
Billy Costello - Merry-Go-Round Broke Down
Billy Costello - Tiger Rag
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