Exciting news for us fans of E.C. Segar’s famous sailor man as IDW Publishing is releasing a new Popeye comic book series to shelves this week. Popeye is written by the talented Roger Langridge (Judge Dredd, The Muppet Show, The Mighty Thor) and illustrated by Bruce Ozella. Which from the cover you see below by Ozella it not only appears that his style matches that of Segar’s but it reminds one of a certain other comic book hero’s first appearance.
[Via] IDW Publishing
From the press release on the IDW site back in January: “Ever since I was a kid, the two cartoonists who have had the biggest influence on me have been Carl Barks and E.C. Segar, so getting a chance to write Popeye is quite a thrill,” said Langridge. “I’m especially pleased that IDW have decided to go with a Segar-flavored interpretation. As much as I like some of the later versions of the character, for me, it’s those early strips where the magic really happened. Just as well Segar drew everybody with big feet, because Bruce and I have some enormous shoes to fill!”
For a look at how different Popeye was in the comic strip series in the day, make sure to take a moment and check out Drahken’s ‘Popeye is Morbid’ post on the forums.