Thursday, August 30, 2012
Review: Popeye #4
Roger Langridge's script, a political drama featuring King Blozo, as usual, is a blend of Segar and Sagendorf. Once again, it is heavy on action and adventure, but light on humor. Once again, I need to stress he needs to pick up on the humor, work in some Fleischer style laughs. The issue also has an overabundance of dialogue, taking up over half of the space in many panels. The artwork by Vince Muscacchia is slick and fluid, and based on early Bud Sagendorf, rather than Segar.
There is a back up feature of Sappo and OG Watasnozzle by Langridge and Tom Neely that is well done and has more humor than the Popeye story. This issue gets a C+.
Also, IDW has published a reprint of Dell's POPEYE #1 from 1948. They plan to make this an ongoing series, so we will have two Popeye comics a month, new and reprints.