Ask the Archivist: POPEYE THE LINGUIST MAN
Greetings, Jills and Jacks!
It’s the old Archivist DJ spinning stacks o’ wax from dawn to dusk with a whole new blast of chart-bustin’ hits from that king of sing, that hepcat seadog, Popeye the Sailor.
I don’t know when comic strip stars started recording for phonograph records. I have a 1924 novelty toy disc purporting to be Andy Gump reciting his platform for running for president. “On Prohibition, I don’t care if they ban forever the scourge of evil liquor!...-I just want some of the GOOD stuff!” Andy lost to Coolidge that year.
When was Popeye first featured on a record? Likely there would have been a Paramount-Publix issue of “I’m Popeye the Sailor Man” when the animated cartoons first appeared. I do know that since the time the old theatrical release cartoons came to television, a host of records came out as part of the general deluge of Popeye licensing in the late 1950s. They continued right into the 1980s, and followed the cartoons around the world.
And now, on to our Mailbag:
To David L -
The Cartoon Museum Mort Walker print “Philosophy” is probably not extremely valuable, I see at this moment I can buy from an online dealer the same thing with Mort’s autograph for $29.95.
See you again next week,