Antique Popeye Toys
As a young child in the 1970's and 1980's, I often watched re-runs of Popeye and was inspired to eat spinach with the hope that one day, I would grow big muscles just like Popeye the Sailor Man. First introduced as a comic in 1929, it was added to the Thimble Theatre comic with great success.
A 1933 Betty Boop cartoon was the film that the Popeye cartoon first aired and the famous I'm Popeye the Sailor man theme song was written for this film. Also in 1933 Popeye made it to the TV screen in a number of short films made for Paramount Pictures by Fleischer Studios. At one time during the 1930's, Popeye became even more popular than Disney's Mickey Mouse.
The character of Popeye the Sailor was based on a middle aged sailor with incredible strength, which was fueled by his love for canned spinach. During World War II, Popeye enlisted in the Navy and traded his regular civilian attire for an official Navy uniform, which went on to be used into the 1960's. Popeye was everywhere; Comics, TV, Movies, Toys, Video Games, Books and even a 1980 action film.
Off course every
kid wanted a piece of Popeye at home and toys were produced to
satisfy this Popeye fascination. Some of the first Popeye toys were
wind up Popeye dolls as well as cast iron Popeye figurines. Marx
created some unique Popeye wind up toys including cars and figurines
as well as a very interesting and valuable wind up boxing ring called Popeye the Champ. This is one of the most sought after antique Popeye wind-up
toys on the market today.