Popeye has been enjoying a comics revival at IDW with new comic stories by Roger Langridge and Ken Wheaton, but this week marks an added focus on the influential works of Bud Sagendorf. Originally the assistant to Thimble Theatre and Popeye creator E.C. Seager, Sagendorf became one of the most prominent creators to pen Popeye over the course of 35 years in various forms - including, of course, a comic book series. IDW and Yoe Books will kick off their effort to reprint these works beginning this Wednesday in Classic Popeye Ongoing #1. The first issue starts off rather unexpectedly, with Popeye being manipulated into giving up his fighting ways in the name of love. Considering his ongoing reputation as a bruiser, however, it's clear this decision didn't stick. It's pretty fun to see the sailor man take a stab at pacifism, though, especially against a dude who can fell forests with his bare fists. You can take an early look at the first eight pages of Classic Popeye Ongoing #1 after the cut to see Sagendorf's skills in action.From IDW's official solicitation info:

Representing the classic Popeye #1 from 1948 by Bud Sagendorf! This collector's item begins a reprinting of the complete Sagendorf's Popeye comic book series, nearly 100 issues long! Carefully reproduced from the original comic books and lovingly restored. Eat your spinach!

You can read the first eight pages from Popeye #1 below.

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