January 1929 was a very good month for comic strip readers. On the 7th they got to see the arrival of Tarzan and Buck Rogers while ten days later, fans of Thimble Theater met a brand new character named Popeye
. The sailor was never intended to take over the strip but his popularity with readers encouraged E.C. Segar
to keep him around until he finally shoved the Oyl family from the spotlight.
Burnishing his reputation were the brilliantly execute black and white theatrical shorts produced by Max and Dave Fleischer
. After they shuttered operations, others took over the cartoon production, keeping Popeye
a mainstay for generations of fans. Many of my generation were treated to the somewhat inferior Associated Artists Productions cartoons which completed their run in 1957. Not to be undone, King Features Syndicate
hired Al Brodax to oversee a new round of cartoons aimed for the burgeoning television syndication market.