Popeye the Sailor #139 [Gold Key]
(May 1978)

Western, 1978 Series
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Price
0.35 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
Five times a year in January, May, July, September, and November
On-sale Date
1978-03
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Brand
Gold Key
Barcode
0335009006905
Editing
?

Issue Notes

Cover code: 90069-805. With this issue, the Popeye title returns to Western Publishing (Gold Key and Whitman Comics) after more than a decade at King and Charlton Comics. The last of the prior Western/Gold Key run was issue number 80, with a cover date of May 1966. The issue numbering for the Popeye title remained consecutive and unbroken through Dell, Gold Key (Western, 1962 Series), King, Charlton, and Gold Key/Whitman (Western, 1978 Series).
This issue has variants:

[The MEAL-ing’s Mutual!] (Table of Contents)

Popeye / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
George Wildman
Inks
George Wildman
Colors
?
Letters
typeset; logo

Genre
humor
Characters
Popeye the Sailor; buzzard
Synopsis
On the desert, Popeye and a buzzard eye each other as their likely next meal.
Reprints
Keywords
buzzard; desert setting; hunger; intimidation; one-character-desiring-another-as-a-meal

"On the Trail of the Lonesome Prospector" or "Once Upon a Popcorn Popper in the Land of Sand on a Cactus Built for Two" (Table of Contents: 1)

Popeye / comic story / 23 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Pearson
Pencils
George Wildman
Inks
George Wildman
Colors
?
Letters
Bill Pearson

Job Number
783
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Popeye the Sailorman is enjoying a day in Central Park...
Feature Logo
Popeye the Sailor
Genre
humor
Characters
Popeye the Sailor; Clementine M'Gurk; Mesquite Mike M'Gurk; Honest Jack
Synopsis
Popeye finds Clementine M'Gurk's lost prospector father.
Keywords
camel; desert setting; father and daughter; prospector

Indexer Notes

Credit info per Donnie Pitchford. Story is in three-tier format, while future Western issues with new material are in Western’s standard four-tier format, indicating that this story might have been leftover inventory from Charlton, which routinely employed a three-tier format. Artist George Wildman was carried-over from Charlton to Western for this series.

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [The MEAL-ing’s Mutual!]
    Popeye
  2. 1. "On the Trail of the Lonesome Prospector" or "Once Upon a Popcorn Popper in the Land of Sand on a Cactus Built for Two"
    Popeye
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