Segar explains Popye
Serar'g Credo for Hta Old Salt, "Popeye," Impressive as a . Model for Cartoonists. Th credo which animate E. C. Segar, cartoonist of Thimble Theater," the comic strip which after a succession of progressively funnier and more human char-. actera, culminated In "Popeye," might be printed In large script and hung profitably In the studio of every aspiring comic artist. - Segar, like all really great cartoonist, take hta star character seriously. That la, he has com to believe In "Popeye a a real person, absurd, preposterous and rather owlish with his single aye-bat always fired with the authentic spark of life. "To me." Segar wrote to a friend not long ago, "Popeye is much more than goofy comic character. He represents about ail of my emotion and he 1 an outlet for them. I'd Ilk to cut loos and knock the beck out of lot af bcodI. but mv good Judgment and size hold me oacx. oo i us my imagination and let the aallor do the dirty work. ' "Popeyes past life ha been a aad one. And I claim that pathos ia th beat background for humor. Tragedy and comedy are so closely related It I only g atop from one to th other. The deeper th plot the mora chanc tor humor. To m Popeye la a serious fellow. And here's something to think about: When a serious person doe omethlng tunny It's funny but whan a funny person tries to be funny th result 1 sickening. If you give th readers the Impression that you're trying to make them laugh you're lostl . "Anyway, that's my way ot think. tag."" : When Segur wrote th toregilng "philofosy- to yon. Popeye! ot life . which is pretty near to th tooch. :' "ton ot comic (trip success. Many ; people have wondered why Popeye aoddanly sprang Into national tame from th score ot . widely read comics in the field. -.; Th answer. It may be, Ilea in : th candid and Intensely sincere words which Segar wrote himself. ; Yoa can sea th result ot this ; "philofosy" In Thimble Theater. 8 tarring Popers." which run dally in Th Evening Journal starting today. -- . 6-1J. L , . .