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Olive Oyl fancies Popeye
£ 40.00–£ 340.00
Olive Oyl fancies Popeye.
She has just met the sailor and she is still sizing him up. There is tenderness in her monologue but also a brutal acknowledgement of the truth.
This panel was first printed in the late 1920s, just after Popeye first appeared.
Popeye was originally a minor character in a strip syndicated in American newspapers. It was called Thimble Theatre, which has been running since 1919, with Olive Oyl and her brother Caster Oyl at centre stage. The new character soon stole the show, however, and the strip was named for him. By the way, it was only when I started screenprinting Popeye that I realised that his name refers to the fact that he only has a single eye, the left one. The right eye is always depicted as a sort of asterisk.
Popeye and Olive now have the status of an archetypal couple – they are obviously attracted to each other, but they often fall out and row, often bitterly. Although the strip has been running for nearly 100 years, the way the characters behave seem quite modern.
The medium-sized version of this has a yellow platform, as you can see from the image below.
The large-sized version has a yellow polka dotted platform.
Standard 19cm x 25cm
Medium 19cm x 25cm
Large 76cm x 58cm
Handmade, limited edition screen print on mould-made, cotton paper.
Signed and numbered in pencil by the printer, John Patrick Reynolds