Notes about characters

March 27, 2017 permalink

The Real Life Popeye Olive Oyl and Wimpy

Grainy, black-and-white antique photos featuring the real-life inspirations for Popeye, Olive Oyl, and Wimpy

I never knew that some of the main characters from Thimble Theatre, the 1920s newspaper comic that birthed Popeye, were based on real people that E. C. Segar knew from his hometown! What the what! Above, photos of the real-life Popeye (Frank “Rocky” Fiegel), Olive Oyl (Dora Paskel), and J. Wellington Wimpy (J. William Schuchert). No sign of Bluto or Eugene the Magical Jeep.

Fiegel’s headstone now even has a pretty good Popeye etched into it. I don’t think I’d mind that.