Making his debut in 1929, Popeye first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17. He became so popular that the comic strip was later named "Popeye - (Thimble Theatre)". We all know the famous tune,
"I'm Popeye the Sailor Man, I'm Popeye the Sailor Man,
I'm strong to the finich, cause I eat my Spinach,
I'm Popeye the Sailor Man!"
This simple sailor man quickly became a favorite to both boys and girls. Popeye was seen in comic books, in television cartoons, and even in a full length movie. Children everywhere were sin his song! His friendly attitude (but not taking kindly to being bullied) coupled with his always available can of Spinach seemed an odd combination, but he showed us that there was nothing wrong with us little guys defending ourselves against the bullies of this world. Unbelievably, because of his phenomenal strength gained immediately after gobbling down a can of this leafy green vegetable, Spinach sales increased from 1931 to 1936 by 33%!
Stop by to see his exhibit and you'll be spouting his famous words, "W-E-L-L blow me down!"