Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Popeye and Superman



Now this is a team up that really should have happened - in animation!  Fleischer Studios was not only responsible for the classic Superman cartoons that inspired Bruce Timm and Paul Dini to create Batman: The Animated Series -  they produced over a hundred Popeye shorts as well.  How cool would it have been to see them pair their two superhuman characters together for a crossover cartoon?

13 comments:

Toby O'B said...

It should have happened in a live action movie as well, with old friends from Julliard Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams teaming up as their respective characters Superman and Popeye.....

Ross said...

Ha - good point, Toby!

Anonymous said...

Love how you included Supes reading a back issue of STF! You should add a tag for Snoopy and Enemy Ace to this post!

Bob Greenwade said...

I missed Anon's point. That's a genius touch, Ross.

I personally might have preferred to have them trade barbers, though -- just on general principles.

Gernot Armbruster said...

They almost DID team up! ;)

She-Sick Sailors:
https://youtu.be/upONuLfBoLY

And THIS cartoon has a neat homage to the Fleischer Superman cartoons.

Nix On Hypnotrix:
https://youtu.be/fstvyWURWWI

Gernot Armbruster said...

I'd like to see you use the cover with Superman eating all the burgers, and Popeye trying to save some for Wimpy! ;)

Ross said...

Gernot - click on Wimpy in the Label above and you will see the Burger Masters Cover featuring Superman, Wimpy and more.

Anonymous said...

Actually, there was once a Fleischer Popeye cartoon that featured Popeye going up against a super-powered Bluto (as the result of wearing blue tights with a red cape). Along the same line, DC once did a 1970's issue or two, of SUPERMAN, where Kal-El teamed up with a Popeye pastiche called "Captain Strong" (who got super-powered every time he ate a spinach analog from outer space!).

Raphael said...

Sauncha!

Tim Gallagher said...

I don't know if I'm referencing the same cartoon as Anonymous above, but there was a Popeye episode where Olive was reading Superman comics and was infatuated with him. Jealous, Popeye dressed up in his own version of the costume and tried to perform various super-feats, with disastrous results. If I remember correctly (it's been more than 4r years since I've seen this cartoon), Olive ends up flying off with the "real" Superman at the end.

Anonymous said...

@ Raphael:

Gesundheit!

;-)

Bob Buethe said...

YouTube has everything.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Captain Strong is going up against Harley Quinn in Harley Quinn 18 next month!

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