Popeye and Sons

In the fall of 1987, CBS Saturday morning featured this attempt to update and expand the Popeye universe, by giving him three cool teenage sons, the existence of which established once and for all who won Olive Oyl’s heart then. It was a clear cash-in of both Huey, Dewey and Louie from the popular Duck Tales, as well as the infantilization fad huge in cartoons in the ‘80s. (Muppet Babies, Flintstone Kids, Little Archies, etc.) Oh, and the sons hated the taste of spinach, although it inexplicably made them them superhumans the way it did their father.

Brian Boone

From the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Northwest, I contribute to the Retroist, write for trivia publications, and blog about music in a humorous fashion. I feel about "Back to the Future" the way you feel about "Star Wars." Also, I'm married and have a child (sorry ladies, orphans).

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4 thoughts on “Popeye and Sons

  1. Gah, you’re right. I got my Popeyes all confused. The 80s cartoon show was definitely following the “make everything kids versions,” but Popeye did indeed have nephews in earlier works, just like Uncle Scrooge.

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