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File:Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1936).webm Popeye the Sailor is one of the most popular cartoon characters of all time. He first appeared in a comic strip called Thimble Theatre by EC Segar in 1929. Popeye is a sailor who smokes a pipe and mutters things under his breath. He has only one eye, he is short and uneducated, but when trouble occurs, usually saving his girlfriend, Olive Oyl from his arch-nemesis, Bluto/Brutus, he eats a can of spinach, and gets super-strength. He also appeared in a series of cartoons made for movie theatres by Paramount Pictures.