Popeye has had a few creators in the past 80 years, perhaps Bud Sagendorf is the least known but he refined the character and stayed true to E.C. Segar’s early strip. He gave Popeye his classic look and a better paced strip unlike Segar who dragged his stories. Popeye: The Great Comic Book Tales of Bud Sagendorf collects some of the best tales by the creator.
Forrest “Bud” Sagendorf became an assistant and apprentice to ‘Thimble Theatre’ creator Elzie Segar after his studies at the Santa Monica High School. Sagendorf assisted Segar on ‘Thimble Theatre’ and its companion strip ‘Sappo’ until the artist’s death in 1938. Sagendorf moved on the illustrated marketing material for King Features Syndicate. By 1945, he was doing art on many of the ‘Popeye’ comic books, and he eventually took over the writing and the art of the ‘Thimble Theatre’ strip in 1959. He left the daily strip to Bobby London in 1986 and continued the weekly comic until his death in Greater Sun Center, Florida, in 1994. The Sunday page was then taken over by Hy Eisman.