I’m a year older, so enjoy it while you can.
THIMBLE THEATRE, later titled POPEYE, had a knack for coining words. Jeep and goon are generally attributed to creator Elzie Segar.
Except I don’t recall it being revealed what the J stands for.
Everyone wants to know.
It was the product of my spending a lifetime learning comics history, and having already been paid for years to be a style mimic. I find it hard to believe now how long ago I did that. I started it nine years ago, ran a shorter version in our paperback collection, and then expanded it and added color for its online run. And that was seven years ago.
It also led to another fun project that I was deeply honored to take part in. Two years ago, the old 1950s guidebook YOU DON’T SEE THESE SIGHTS ON THE REGULAR TOURS was reprinted. This collection had a host of major cartoonists contribute a page apiece on how not to be an ‘ugly American’ when traveling the world. Each of them also included a headshot of their own character addressing the reader.
For copyright reasons, these characters could not be re-used, so Editor/coordinator Nat Gertler had me do new head-shots of his own character Mister U.S. in the original cartoonists’ styles. I also had to replace the Walt Kelly completely, since he had used Albert and Pogo in his full page contribution. That felt really weird, having to substitute for one of the legends- and one of my biggest influences. I booted out Walt Kelly. The guilt and feelings of presumption are… kinda big. But joining the august company of these guys, in a book I remember seeing in its original edition, was a kick.
Seek it out. I think it’s available through www.aboutcomics.com
He’ll invite her to a duck dinner, so long as she brings the ducks.
The old ‘I never said’ ploy. One of those ‘after the fact’ technicalities fraudsters try to pull to trip people up. But he knows full well that most people will simply assume ‘the one that’s coming up first.’
That, sadly, is why his role was cut down dramatically in the animated cartoons- to little more than a novelty. He was badly underserved. But animators weren’t looking for a lazy mooch who was mostly talk and didn’t do much physical. Wimpy practically stole the comic strip- only there was he in his glory as a character.
Wimpy isn’t only mooching off vendors- he constantly hits up his ‘friends’ for loans. Basically, he’s a leech.
At one time or another, it seems that almost any character from any medium you can think of works in this place. Why Wimpy would be Ed’s co-worker specifically, more than Jay’s, or Roy’s, or Sue’s or anyone else’s I don’t know.