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Lot 1540

Popeye Cartoon - 66 Storyboards. An original cartoon drawn by Al Stahl for Fleischer Studios, c. 1933-1938, composed of 66 storyboards, laid out and pasted on a large piece of brown paper. Each storyboard is 4¼ x 5½ inches, drawn in blue pencil with some red-penciled notations, As far as we can ascertain, the cartoon was never produced. A piece of Fleischer Studios letterhead, from its 1600 Broadway, New York address, is paperclipped to the storyboards. Also present are 20 storyboard blueprints, 2 x 2 5/8 inches each. The story line is that Popeye and Bluto decide to switch roles, with Popeye as the villain and Bluto as the hero who will rescue Olive Oyl, who is a princess imprisoned in the tower. Popeye has a difficult time playing the villain and decides in the end to go back to his role as a hero.

The character of Popeye the Sailor man was created by E.C. Segar in 1929 for his "Thimble Theatre" comic strip. The Fleischer Studios transferred Popeye, Olive Oyl and Bluto to animation in 1933. The Fleischers' cartoons used shadows, texture, and sub-vocal mutterings, and paid great attention to detail. "Popeye" retains a huge following today.
Estimated Value $3,000 - 6,000.


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