IDW has made excellent, if limited, use of Popeye after they acquired the license for E.C. Segar's iconic comic strip character. They published the excellent 12-issue series featuring original material by Roger Langridge and a handful of other artists that managed to capture some of the raucous spirit of the original Segar comedy adventures. They published a very weird Mars Attacks Popeye one-shot crossover by Martin Powell and Terry Beatty. And, since 2012, they've been publishing Popeye Classic Comics, which reprints the comic book work of long-time Popeye cartoonist Bud Sagendorf.
While the content may be classic, the marketing has been decidedly modern. The series has often featured variant covers, a popular tactic for claiming rack space in comic book shops. Unlike most comics, however, Popeye Classic — a product of IDW's relationship with Yoe Books — rather exclusively features excellent, often oddball artwork from some unlikely artists.
Platforms like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo have given creators with projects than tend to skew a little more esoteric a way to raise money outside of getting published through traditional routes. Sometimes, however, the crowd sourced
TALES FROM THE CRYPT #3 Writers: Mort Todd, Stefan Petrucha, Jim Salicrup Artists: Steve Mannion, Don Hudson, Rick Parker The premier pulse-pounding horror comic is back with all-new petrifying, picto-fiction parodies of today's pop culture!
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