Sep 11, 2010

Easter Eggs in Comics: Popeye vs. Superman

Welcome to another installment of Easter Eggs in Comics! Click here for the archive!

In February 1973, in Action Comics #421, we met Captain Strong.

Captain Strong was a pipesmoking sailor who got stronger every time he ate the alien vegetable called "sauncha."

He also had a girlfriend named Olivia Tallow.

Look familiar?

Of course! Captain Strong, Olivia Tallow, and sauncha are just DC Comics' versions of Popeye, Olive Oyl, and spinach!

Interesting tidbit: The Popeye cartoons and the Superman cartoons of the 40s were both produced by Max Fleischer, and were some of the first cartoons to use rotoscoping. They're also both really cool.

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