Didn Popeye start out as a character in the Thimble Theater comic strip by E.C. Segar?

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Didn Popeye start out as a character in the Thimble Theater comic strip by E.C. Segar?

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Yes! The strip was originally about the Oyl family. Popeye was introduced as a throwaway character necessary for a sailing story line. Then Segar dropped him. But Popeye was so popular, he was brought back and eventually took over the strip.

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