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This classic handmade Popeye Smokes His Pipe limited edition screen print picture has been produced on mould made, cotton paper and mounted with a plain black wooden frame ready to hang. Although the infamous Popeye has been around for nearly 100 years, the image is classic but appears quite modern fitting in with most contemporary spaces.
Signed and numbered out of 200 in pencil by the printer, John Patrick Reynolds
These are original screenprints. An original screenprint is a work of art printed by hand, from a stencil that has been created by the artist for the purpose of producing the image. Each print will have an individual variation due to the nature of the way it is produced making it unique.
These screenprints are based on drawings by the artist Elzie Segar who invented Popeye and Olive Oyl, About Elzie Segar
Originally Popeye the Sailor Man was a minor character in a strip syndicated in American newspapers called Thimble Theatre, which started in 1919, with Olive Oyl and her brother Caster Oyl being the main characters. Popeye first appeared in 1929 and stole the show; the strip was soon named after him.
Apparently, when Elzie Segar introduced Popeye, he drew his inspiration from a man he knew in his hometown of Chester, Illinois, who was a one-eyed man called Frank "Rocky" Fiegal.
The popularity of this wonderful cartoon sailor soon grew and in the 1930's the first Popeye cartoon films were produced later to be released in the UK becoming one of the best known cartoon characters to date.