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Popeye returns to comic books in new series from IDW

Award-winning writer Roger Langridge to pen adventures of character created by E.C. Segar.
by Matthew Price Published: April 27, 2012
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Langridge said he's long been influenced by E.C. Segar.

“Ever since I was a kid, the two cartoonists who have had the biggest influence on me have been Carl Barks and E.C. Segar, so getting a chance to write Popeye is quite a thrill,” said Langridge in a news release. “I'm especially pleased that IDW have decided to go with a Segar-flavored interpretation. As much as I like some of the later versions of the character, for me, it's those early strips where the magic really happened. Just as well Segar drew everybody with big feet, because Bruce and I have some enormous shoes to fill!”

IDW's Dirk Wood, recently named vice president of marketing for the company, spoke about the new “Popeye” comics at the ComicsPRO annual members meeting earlier this year.

“You feel like you're reading a book straight off the newsstand in 1955,” he said. “It's classic stuff.”

The first issue will also feature a variant cover by Jules Feiffer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist who wrote the screenplay to the 1980 Roger Altman “Popeye” film.

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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