(1983)

Published in English (United States) United States
 
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Pages
324
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American Life Books
ISBN
0-89257-005-9 Search at WorldCat
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Color
Black and white
Dimensions
7 1/4" w x 10" h
Paper Stock
Bond
Binding
Trade paperback
Publishing Format
One-shot

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Two thousand copies were printed. Design by Walnut Grove Graphics and Book Production.

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Inside front cover

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Script
G. K. Chesteron
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
...the vulgar comic papers are so subtle and true that they are even prophetic.
Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Excerpt from "Cockneys and their Jokes"

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Prophetic Allegory

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Tile page, front matter, acknowledgments, bibliography

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Alan Gowans
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
To Malcolm Muggeridge Whose Art, so different in form and style, nonetheless so curiously parallels E. C. Segar's in message and meanings, This book is dedicated with his kind permission.

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Alan Gowans
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This is a book of collected comic strips from Thimble Theatre starring Popeye the Sailor by E. C. Segar (1894-1938), with annotations showing how Thimble Theatre was related to the history of its times -- the 1930s and 1940s, and later.
Genre
non-fiction

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Introduction

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I Apologia Pro Opere Suo (Table of Contents: 11)

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Alan Gowans
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II A Note on the Annotations (Table of Contents: 12)

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Alan Gowans
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non-fiction

III But Is It Art? (Table of Contents: 13)

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Alan Gowans
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non-fiction

IV Thimble Theatre as 20th-Century Cultural Expression (Table of Contents: 14)

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Alan Gowans
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non-fiction

V E. C. Segar as Traditional High Artist (Table of Contents: 15)

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Script
Alan Gowans
Pencils
? (photograph); E. C. Segar
Inks
? (photograph); E. C. Segar
Letters
Typeset; E. C. Segar

Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Popeye; E. C. Segar

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Script
E. C. Segar
Pencils
E. C. Segar; ? (photograph)
Inks
E. C. Segar; ? (photograph)
Letters
E. C. Segar; typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Wow!
Genre
humor
Characters
Popeye; Olive Oyl; E. C. Segar
Synopsis
E. C. Segar sketches Popeye, remarking that he is a goofy looking monstrosity. Popeye takes exception, leaves the paper, and clobbers his creator.
Keywords
Metafiction

Footnotes (Table of Contents: 17)

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Alan Gowans
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Genre
non-fiction

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The Pool of Youth

Indexer Notes

Section divider

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The Pool of Youth [The Sea Hag's Sister] (Table of Contents: 20)

Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye the Sailor / comic story / 42 pages (report information)

Script
E. C. Segar
Pencils
E. C. Segar
Inks
E. C. Segar
Letters
E. C. Segar

Genre
adventure; humor
Characters
Popeye; Castor Oyl; Olive Oyl; J. W. Gizzik; J. Wellington Wimpy; Castor's agents; the Sea Hag [the Sea-Hag]; the Sea Hag's sister [the Sea-Hag's sister]; Toar; Alice the Goon (cameo)
Synopsis
Mr. Gizzik hires Castor and Popeye to take him to the Pool of Youth, so they stow away aboard the Sea Hag's ship. It turns out that even the Sea Hag is terrified of the Sea Hag's sister, who guards the pool along with the monstrous Toar. After a battle royal, Popeye and Toar become friends. They carry away enough of the water to make Mr. Gizzik young again.
Keywords
Fountain of Youth; monster; newspaper comic strip; sailing ship

Indexer Notes

This story ran in daily comic strip form from January 14, 1935 to April 20, 1935.

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Alan Gowans
Letters
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First Line of Dialogue or Text
E. C. Segar never forgot the origins of his narrative strip as a satirical 'melodrama' with a 'cast of characters.'
Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Annotations on the "Pool of Youth" story.

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France's Alliance With Russia (Table of Contents: 23)

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Pencils
Sir John Tenniel (signed) [as JT]
Inks
Sir John Tenniel (signed) [as JT]
Letters
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Genre
humor; advocacy
Characters
Russian bear; President of France

Indexer Notes

1892 cartoon from Punch

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
Popeye's Ark

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Section divider

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Introduction (Table of Contents: 26)

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Script
Alan Gowans
Letters
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Genre
non-fiction

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Mutt and Jeff / comic story / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
Bud Fisher
Pencils
Bud Fisher
Inks
Bud Fisher
Letters
Bud Fisher

First Line of Dialogue or Text
G'wan!
Genre
humor
Characters
Mutt; cop
Synopsis
Mutt is so dejected on losing a bet at the track, that he never notices an angry cop.
Keywords
Newspaper comic strip

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 28)

Li'l Abner / comic story / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
Al Capp
Pencils
Al Capp
Inks
Al Capp
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Oh, (sob!!) ah is trapped!!
Genre
humor
Characters
Li'l Abner; Daisy Mae; Tenderleif Erickson; Moonbeam McSwine
Synopsis
Li'l Abner is trapped on Sadie Hawkins Day.
Keywords
Newspaper comic strip

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 29)

Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye the Sailor / comic story / 0.34 page (report information)

Script
E. C. Segar
Pencils
E. C. Segar
Inks
E. C. Segar
Letters
E. C. Segar

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Dear landlubbers -- yer dictipator speaks --
Genre
humor
Characters
Popeye; assembled masses
Synopsis
Popeye proclaims himself dictipator of Spinachova.
Keywords
Newspaper comic strip

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The Wizard of Id / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Johnny Hart
Pencils
Brant Parker
Inks
Brant Parker
Letters
Brant Parker

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Are you rich or poor?
Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Peasant; Robbing Hood
Synopsis
Robbing Hood robs from the rich and gives to the poor peasant. Now that the peasant is rich, Robbing Hood robs him in turn.
Keywords
Newspaper comic strip

I The Initial Dream (Table of Contents: 31)

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Alan Gowans
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non-fiction

["Olive, I got a big idear --" [Popeye's Ark]] (Table of Contents: 32)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
E. C. Segar
Pencils
E. C. Segar
Inks
E. C. Segar
Letters
E. C. Segar

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Popeye; Olive Oyl; Castor Oyl
Keywords
Newspaper comic strip

Indexer Notes

Popeye announces his plan to build an ark, find a new continent, and name it Spinachova.

II Classic Utopian Dilemmas (Table of Contents: 33)

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Alan Gowans
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["Before I builds me ark, I got to mix around an' get a idear about how many people will go pilgrimatin'" [Popeye's Ark]] (Table of Contents: 35)

Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye the Sailor / comic story / 18 pages (report information)

Script
E. C. Segar
Pencils
E. C. Segar
Inks
E. C. Segar
Letters
E. C. Segar

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Popeye; Olive Oyl; Castor Oyl; Toar; Mr. Sphink; Swee'pea; J. Wellington Wimpy; doctor; prospective passengers
Synopsis
Mr. Sphink agrees to finance Popeye's expedition, on condition that no women be allowed in the new country. Wimpy, who has also been excluded, begins building his own boat out of driftwood. Prospective colonists get a medical exam.
Keywords
Doctor; newspaper comic strip

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III Perilous Voyages to Promised Lands (Table of Contents: 37)

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Alan Gowans
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["Well, Mr. Sphink, most of our passengers are aboard me ark --" [Popeye's Ark]] (Table of Contents: 38)

Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye the Sailor / comic story / 14.5 pages (report information)

Script
E. C. Segar
Pencils
E. C. Segar
Inks
E. C. Segar
Letters
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Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Popeye; Olive Oyl; Castor Oyl; J. Wellington Wimpy; Toar; Swee'pea; Mr. Sphink; Thelma (cow); passengers
Synopsis
Popeye sets sails, knowing not whither he goes. Castor Oyl and Olive Oyl follow along with Wimpy in his boat, which falls apart in rough seas. Popeye's seasick passengers become mutinous, but Popeye and Toar quell the mutiny.
Keywords
Cow; mutiny; newspaper comic strip; shipwreck

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IV Who Whom? Whose Is This Brave New World? (Table of Contents: 40)

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Alan Gowans
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non-fiction

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["Well, blow me down!" [Popeye's Ark]] (Table of Contents: 42)

Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye the Sailor / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
E. C. Segar
Pencils
E. C. Segar
Inks
E. C. Segar
Letters
E. C. Segar

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Popeye; Toar; Mr. Sphink; Olive Oyl; Castor Oyl; Indians; Thelma (cow); J. Wellington Wimpy
Synopsis
Popeye claims an uncharted continent by right of discovery, then finds that Wimpy and his companions are already there. Toar drives them away to an offshore island, which Olive proclaims Olivia with herself as queen. Then Popeye discovers that Indians inhabit his continent, and tries to cow them by force.

V New Civilization, Old Discontents (Table of Contents: 43)

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Alan Gowans
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non-fiction

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["Six months have passed since the landing of Popeye's Ark --" [Popeye's Ark]] (Table of Contents: 45)

Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye the Sailor / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
E. C. Segar
Pencils
E. C. Segar
Inks
E. C. Segar
Letters
E. C. Segar

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Popeye; Toar; citizens; mermaids; Olive Oyl
Synopsis
Angry at being kept without women, Popeye's citizens riot and demonstrate against their dictipator. Toar puts down the dissidents, but Olive Oyl uses her feminine wiles to lure the citizens away. The discovery of mermaids in the waters around Spinachova upset all calculations.
Keywords
Mermaid

VI The Happy Ruler (Table of Contents: 46)

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Alan Gowans
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non-fiction

["Mr. Sphink, I yam not goner be bossed by a shrimp like you no longer" [Popeye's Ark]] (Table of Contents: 47)

Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye the Sailor / comic story / 15.5 pages (report information)

Script
E. C. Segar
Pencils
E. C. Segar
Inks
E. C. Segar
Letters
E. C. Segar

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Popeye; Mr. Sphink; citizens; Fizzlepuss; Chief Thunderlung; women
Synopsis
Popeye defies Mr. Sphink, who stirs up war with the Indians, which Popeye settles in single combat. The citizens are ecstatic that Popeye imports over ten thousand women, then furious that he hogs them all to himself. Finally he relents, and a mass wedding of thousands ensues.
Keywords
Newspaper comic strip; wedding

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VII Utopia at War (Table of Contents: 49)

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Alan Gowans
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non-fiction

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["Beginning a new chapter entitled -- 'You can't expect April showers from War Clouds'" [Popeye's Ark]] (Table of Contents: 51)

Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye the Sailor / comic story / 28 pages (report information)

Script
E. C. Segar
Pencils
E. C. Segar
Inks
E. C. Segar
Letters
E. C. Segar

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Popeye; Toar; Olive Oyl; citizens; King Zlobbo; Brutian admiral; Miss Zexa Peal
Synopsis
King Zlobbo of Brutia invades and captures Olive's island, preparatory to an attack on Spinachova. Brutian spy Miss Zexa Peal vamps both Popeye and Toar for information until Olive exposes her. Popeye tries to raise an army, and even shifts from being a dictipator to being a presidink, but his cowardly men won't join. When shelling starts he single-handedly dismantles two Brutian battleships.
Keywords
Espionage; king; navy; newspaper comic strip; spy

VIII Return to Normalcy -- Until Next Time (Table of Contents: 52)

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Alan Gowans
Letters
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Genre
non-fiction

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 53)

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["Popeye, why don't you get your army in shape?" [Popeye's Ark]] (Table of Contents: 54)

Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye the Sailor / comic story / 34 pages (report information)

Script
E. C. Segar
Pencils
E. C. Segar
Inks
E. C. Segar
Letters
E. C. Segar

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Popeye; Olive Oyl; citizens; King Zlobbo; Brutain soldiers; Spinachovan soldiers; J. Wellington Wimpy; Black Ghost; skipper; first mate; seamen; Swee'pea; General Zazz; Chief Thunderlung; Eugene the Jeep (cameo) (first appearance)
Synopsis
Imprisoned in Brutia, Popeye escapes, highjacks a ship laden with spinach, and sails back to Spinachova, where he feeds spinach to his army. Infiltrating enemy lines he captures Brutian General Zazz and uses ventriloquism to disarm the Brutian army. Despite their victory his men are homesick, so he gives the land and the palace to the Indians, encouraging them to build up a strong nation. By air and by sea, Popeye and his followers leave Spinachova forever.
Keywords
Highjacking; newspaper comic strip; piracy; prison break; prisoner of war; spinach; ventriloquism

Indexer Notes

Eugene the Jeep appears (mostly concealed) in a few teaser panels.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 55)

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Index (Table of Contents: 56)

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Letters
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Production notes (Table of Contents: 57)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Letters
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 58)

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Indexer Notes

Inside back cover

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 59)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Alan Gowans; E. C. Segar
Pencils
E. C. Segar
Inks
E. C. Segar
Letters
Typeset; E. C. Segar

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Dear landlubbers -- yer dictipator speaks --
Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Popeye; passengers; Mr. Sphink

Indexer Notes

Back cover

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. ["...the vulgar comic papers are so subtle and true that they are even prophetic."]
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
  5. 4. ["Prophetic Allegory"]
  6. 5. ["To Malcolm Muggeridge Whose Art, so different in form and style, nonetheless so curiously parallels E. C. Segar's in message and meanings, This book is dedicated with his kind permission."]
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
  8. 7. ["Prophetic Allegory"]
  9. 8. ["This is a book of collected comic strips from Thimble Theatre starring Popeye the Sailor by E. C. Segar (1894-1938), with annotations showing how Thimble Theatre was related to the history of its times -- the 1930s and 1940s, and later."]
  10. 9. ["Prophetic Allegory"]
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
  12. 11. I Apologia Pro Opere Suo
  13. 12. II A Note on the Annotations
  14. 13. III But Is It Art?
  15. 14. IV Thimble Theatre as 20th-Century Cultural Expression
  16. 15. V E. C. Segar as Traditional High Artist
  17. 16. ["Wow!"]
  18. 17. Footnotes
  19. 18. ["The Pool of Youth"]
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
  21. 20. The Pool of Youth [The Sea Hag's Sister]
    Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye the Sailor
  22. 21. ["E. C. Segar never forgot the origins of his narrative strip as a satirical 'melodrama' with a 'cast of characters.'"]
  23. 22. [no title indexed]
  24. 23. France's Alliance With Russia
  25. 24. ["Popeye's Ark"]
  26. 25. [no title indexed]
  27. 26. Introduction
  28. 27. ["G'wan!"]
    Mutt and Jeff
  29. 28. ["Oh, (sob!!) ah is trapped!!"]
    Li'l Abner
  30. 29. ["Dear landlubbers -- yer dictipator speaks --"]
    Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye the Sailor
  31. 30. ["Are you rich or poor?"]
    The Wizard of Id
  32. 31. I The Initial Dream
  33. 32. ["Olive, I got a big idear --" [Popeye's Ark]]
  34. 33. II Classic Utopian Dilemmas
  35. 34. [no title indexed]
  36. 35. ["Before I builds me ark, I got to mix around an' get a idear about how many people will go pilgrimatin'" [Popeye's Ark]]
    Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye the Sailor
  37. 36. [no title indexed]
  38. 37. III Perilous Voyages to Promised Lands
  39. 38. ["Well, Mr. Sphink, most of our passengers are aboard me ark --" [Popeye's Ark]]
    Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye the Sailor
  40. 39. [no title indexed]
  41. 40. IV Who Whom? Whose Is This Brave New World?
  42. 41. [no title indexed]
  43. 42. ["Well, blow me down!" [Popeye's Ark]]
    Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye the Sailor
  44. 43. V New Civilization, Old Discontents
  45. 44. [no title indexed]
  46. 45. ["Six months have passed since the landing of Popeye's Ark --" [Popeye's Ark]]
    Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye the Sailor
  47. 46. VI The Happy Ruler
  48. 47. ["Mr. Sphink, I yam not goner be bossed by a shrimp like you no longer" [Popeye's Ark]]
    Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye the Sailor
  49. 48. [no title indexed]
  50. 49. VII Utopia at War
  51. 50. [no title indexed]
  52. 51. ["Beginning a new chapter entitled -- 'You can't expect April showers from War Clouds'" [Popeye's Ark]]
    Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye the Sailor
  53. 52. VIII Return to Normalcy -- Until Next Time
  54. 53. [no title indexed]
  55. 54. ["Popeye, why don't you get your army in shape?" [Popeye's Ark]]
    Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye the Sailor
  56. 55. [no title indexed]
  57. 56. Index
  58. 57. Production notes
  59. 58. [no title indexed]
  60. 59. ["Dear landlubbers -- yer dictipator speaks --"]
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