By E. C. Segar. Published by Fantagraphics.
Softcover, 104 pages, Colour, 2023 (originally published 1932-1933)
The incorrigible Wimpy takes center stage in the second volume of Fantagraphics' spectacularly packaged comic strip collection, The E.C. Segar Popeye Sundays.
An irresistible alchemy of screwball comedy, tender romance, and rags-to-riches fantasy, Elsie Crisler Segar's newspaper comic strip, starring Popeye the sailor man, captivated readers of the Roaring Twenties and beyond. Fantagraphics is thrilled to bring Segar's whimsical world back into print, collecting the complete Popeye Sunday stories in four gorgeous full-color volumes, each packaged in a deluxe vertical slipcase.
Volume one highlighted the mercurial relationship between Popeye and Olive Oyl, while volume two shifts the focus to an even more dynamic connection, between that of J. Wellington Wimpy and his one true object of desire: a delectable hamburger. A notorious chiseler without a penny to his name, Wimpy is forever scheming new ways to bamboozle the local diner out of a mouth-watering morsel of his favorite meal. And the audacious chicaneries Wimpy employs in pursuit of his greatest love are as riotous today as they were when these strips first appeared in the '30s. Featuring laugh-out-loud gags, sensational slugfests, and an endearing cast of characters, this Wimpy-centric volume of classic Popeye adventures emphatically answers the question: Where's the beef? Plus, an illustrated appreciation/deconstruction of this legendary comic character by acclaimed cartoonist Kevin Huizenga!
"Nearly every episode collected here reveals Segar to be an absurdly hilarious master draftsman and wildly entertaining storyteller. … An essential volume of both graphic storytelling and early 20th-century art." — Library Journal (Starred Review)
"Perfect for a classic cartoon fan. Its focus on relatable themes like love, romance, and daffy humor make it a series readers should not miss." — Screen Rant