Popeye's Last Supper

Supper At Sea By Atlbladerunner
Artist *ATLbladerunner posted a photo of his absolutely magnificent painting, titled Supper At Sea, to deviantART. It's acrylic on canvas, 24" x 48". From the Artist's Comments:
All of the characters are from the Thimble Theater strip by E.C. Segar, which later became just the Popeye comic strip. I tried to keep most of the characters in the same positions as the apostles are in Leonardo's version, and tried to put in a few little fun things relating to the original. For instance, putting Olive in the same place as the apostle John, who some believe to be Mary Magdelene. I also had to put Brutus in the place of Judas Iscariot, and have him holding money (pieces of silver). Some theories also say that both Judas and Christ were reaching for the Eucharist in Leo's version, so I included that too, replacing the bread with limes so they don't get scurvy. And the cigar in the ashtray is a tribute to Popeye's creator E.C. Segar who used to sign his drawings with a little cigar with the smoke forming the letter "S" in his name...

From Left to right - Alice the Goon, the Sea Hag, Poopdeck Pappy, Brutus, Professor O.G. Wattasnozzle, Olive Oyl, Popeye, the Jeep, J. Wellington Wimpy, Rough House the cook, Swee' Pea, George Geezil, Castor Oyl
Link (via Super Punch)

 Recent Bks Popey1 And for more fun with Popeye, Bluto, and the gang, check out Fantagraphics Books' sumptuous hardcover collection of the earliest Thimble Theater strips from the late 1920s, "Popeye Vol. 1: 'I Yam What I Yam.'" Link

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  1. Hmm. Can’t seem to sign in.
    Anyways, a couple of problems I see with the painting, so to speak. If ATLbladerunner is keeping with the original Thimble Theater characters, then it would appear to me that Popeye’s outfit is the wrong colors.

    Also, it should be “Bluto”, not Brutus. Bluto’s name didn’t change until 1957.

    Sir Real

  2. …You know, considering the aesthetics of the original this is based on, shouldn’t one of the portholes have been positioned behind Jes…er…Popeye’s head? Still, it’s one sweet worksk of art, arf arf arf!

    [thinks]

    …Heh, this scenario just popped into my mind: the Fleishers, in addition to pitting Popeye against Ali Baba and Sinbad the Sailor, got a wild hare up their butts and put the Sailor Man into *this* scenario:

    [Setting: Popeye, as a certain messiah, is up on the Cross awaiting his doom. Wimpy is on the cross to the right – sagging slightly under his weight – and Poopdeck Pappy is to the right cursing everyone in sight]

    Popeye/Jesus: Oh father, why have thou forsaken me?

    Poopdeck Pappy: I haven’t fersaken ye, ye ingrateful brat!! I’m right here beside you on this [BEEEEEEP!] cross! This is all yer fault, goin’ off about being the “son of God” and the [BEEEEP]in’ “messiah”. If I wasn’t stuck here on this [BEEEEEE!]in cross, I’d put you over my knee and wail the tar out of ye!

    Bluto/Pilate: Haw! Haw! Haw! Let’s see you work a miracle now!

    Olive/Mary Magdelene: Ohhhhh, my stars!

    Pilate: Ah, there you are! With your boyfriend now crucified, you’re *MINE*! Gimme a kiss, toots!

    Mary M: HELLLP! JESUS! SAVE ME!!!

    Popeye/Jesus: I’ve had all I can stand, I can’t stands no more!

    [Suddenly, an Angel of the Lord appears…with a can of Spinach! The Angel opens the can and pours the vile weed down his throat. His pipe spins, his biceps enlarge, and his bicep tattoo now shows the nuclear destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, all populated by Blutos. He then breaks free of the Cross, which explodes into the air and falls back down to Earth, where it reassembles itself into a stable identical to the one he was born in]

    Popeye: Here, wash yer hands of *this*!

    [Standard twisker-sock punches Bluto through a nearby lake, where the water remains parted like the Red Sea just long enough for Bluto to shake off the punch, stand up, and begin to charge towards Popeye. He struggles to the surface, where after shaking the water off his face, orders his Roman troops to attack Popeye, After pausing to free Wimpy and Pappy, Popeye takes on the Romans. The troops are beaten like tenpins, then thrown together so, with their spears and togas, form a Maypole event, Roman-style. Seeing this, Bluto begins to make a hasty retreat, and as he zooms away he passes a sign that says “All Roads Lead To Rome”]

    Olive: Oh, Jesus! My savior!

    Popeye: When you mess with the messiah yer’s playin with fire, sez Popeye the Sailor-Man [toot! toot!]

    (I am *so* going to Hell for this one…)

  3. “…You know, considering the aesthetics of the original this is based on, shouldn’t one of the portholes have been positioned behind Jes…er…Popeye’s head? Still, it’s one sweet worksk of art, arf arf arf!”

    I considered that, but thought it would be too obvious!

  4. I bet one legend that keeps recurring throughout history, in every culture, is the story of Popeye.~~Jack Handley

  5. I bet one legend that keeps recurring throughout history, in every culture, is the story of Popeye.~~Jack Handley

  6. That blogpost referenced in comment #3 is fantastic. Thanks for linking to it. It would be fun to do a whole book of Last Suppers throughout pop culture history.

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