Popeye is one of the most iconic comic strip characters ever created, and to celebrate the spinach-loving sailor, Clover Press and Yoe! Books have partnered for the publication of Popeye Variations: Not Yer Pappy's Comics an' Art Book. A hardcover art book featuring more than 100 illustrations from 75 artists, Popeye Variations is now on Kickstarter, and we have an exclusive look at some of the horror-themed artwork from the book!

Below, you can check out our exclusive look at some of the artwork featured in Popeye Variations, and here's what artist Dave Calver had to say about his zombie-themed Popeye piece:

"I’m not generally drawn to zombies, vampires, etc. Seems like they’ve been done to…well,…death. But good ole Popeye kicking some zombie Bluto butt??? Seemed like a no-brainer!"

We have the official press release with additional details, and to learn more and support Popeye Variations, visit its official Kickstarter page!

Press Release: (October 4, 2022) Clover Press and Yoe! Books have teamed up to create Popeye Variations: Not Yer Pappy's Comics an' Art Book, a 10" x 10" hardcover book featuring over 100 illustrations from 75 underground and mainstream artists and cartoonists with their own takes on the spinach-munching, bully-punching Popeye the Sailor Man. The project includes pin-ups from contributors such as Adventure Time storyboard artist Derek Ballard, The New Yorker's Roz Chast, The Book of Life director and acclaimed painter Jorge Guiterrez, legendary comic artist Kelley Jones, and Sam & Max creator Steve Purcell, as well as comic strips by cartoonist Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son), Cat Farris (The Ghoul Next Door), Eisner Award-winning artist Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook), Eisner Award-winning artist Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), National Book Award finalist Shin Ying Khor (The Legend of Auntie Po), Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Liniers, Roger Langridge (The Muppets), The Humans’ creator Tom Neely, R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics), writer Jeff Parker (Blighter), Sarah Winifred Searle (The Greatest Thing), legendary writer Scott Shaw! and Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai, and many more. With over 100 pages of Popeye art and comic strips, including new art, new comic strips, and art by Bud Sagendorf from the original 1940s & 1950s Popeye comic books, this is a must have for any fan and collector of the pop icon Sailor Man. The campaign allows fans to secure early copies of Popeye Variations, plus exclusive collectibles featuring art from the book, via Kickstarter. Popeye Variations is now crowdfunding on Kickstarter.

Additional contributors include Kate Ashwin, Samir Barrett, Isabella Bannerman, Sandra Bell-Lundy, Olive Rae Brinker, Box Brown, Lar DeSouza, Jim Engel, Ryan Estrada, Andrew Farago, Jay P. Fosgitt, Shaenon K. Garrity, Maddi Gonzalez, Alex Hallett, John Hambrock, Micheline Hess, Bill Holbrook, Susan Camilleri Konar, John Kovaleski, Carol Lay, Bones Leopard, Steve Lieber, Kel McDonald, Randy Milholland, Lonnie Milsap, Yesenia Moises, Shan Murphy, Maritsa Patrinos, Woodrow Phoenix, Rina Piccolo, Justin Pierce, Caro Ramsay, David Reddick, Jules Rivera, John Rose and Sarah Rose, Magnolia Porter Siddell, Jim Siergey, Bob Spang, Vannotes, Marloes De Vries, Jean Wei, Bianca Xunise, Reimena Yee, Savannah Zambrano, and more.

In 2012, IDW Publishing and Yoe! Books teamed up to re-present the classic Popeye comic book series that debuted in 1948 by Bud Sagendorf, the long-time assistant to creator E.C. Segar. Many of the variant covers of IDW's comic book run are featured in this Popeye Variations art book, and several of the original variant cover comic books will be offered as special tiers on this campaign.

“We’re excited to publish this amazing collection of Popeye art, some seen in limited circles, but all deserving to be shared with Popeye fans around the world,” said Publisher Hank Kanalz. “Craig Yoe and Robbie Robbins have curated and designed a beautiful hardcover that must not be missed.”

Popeye, the iconic, spinach-eating sailorman, is owned by King Features, a unit of Hearst and home to some of the world’s most popular entertainment characters

For updates, follow Clover Press on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook and Yoe! Books on Twitter and Facebook. To find the title on Kickstarter, visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cloverpress/1416156898?ref=18cazs.


Sailor. Tough guy. Hero. Legend. That’s Popeye. An underdog with bulging forearms, a mean uppercut and a love of canned spinach. Unassuming, unsophisticated and undeterred by a challenge, from the minute he walked into the comic strip, The Thimble Theatre, and muttered his famous “Ja think I’m a cowboy?” line, Popeye the Sailor Man captured the hearts of millions of fans around the globe. As the star of his own comic strips and animated content on the big screen and small, Popeye became quickly ingrained in American culture, and today remains one of the most recognizable pop culture icons in the world.

For more information, visit www.popeye.com.


About King Features: King Features is a premier producer and distributor of the world’s most iconic intellectual properties and a leader in classic character licensing and franchise development. With one of the longest-running consumer products programs in the industry, King Features’ portfolio includes world-renowned pop culture brands such as Popeye®, Cuphead, Flash Gordon™, The Phantom™, Hägar the Horrible, Moomin, Prince Valiant® and Mandrake the Magician. King Features produced The Cuphead Show! with Netflix Animation which is currently airing on Netflix.  As content syndication specialists, the company distributes beloved comics such as Blondie, Beetle Bailey®, Mutts™ and dozens of others as well as columns, editorial cartoons and puzzles across multiple platforms and content providers around the globe. King Features is part of Hearst Newspapers, which publishes 24 dailies and 52 weeklies, including the Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle and Times Union (Albany, New York), and operates local digital marketing services and directories.

About Clover Press: Headed by IDW co-founders Ted Adams and Robbie Robbins, along with Matt Ruzicka and Hank Kanalz, Clover Press publishes a wide variety of collected and original content ranging from re-mastered reprints of Terry and the Pirates, to horror graphic novels, and high-quality art books. Clover Press is working with a wide variety of creators including Kevin Eastman, Craig & Clizia Yoe, Dean Mullaney, Steve Niles, Gabriel Rodriguez, Ruben Bolling, Matt Bors, Timothy Truman, Ricardo Delgado, Richard Bennett, Ray Troll, John K. Snyder III, Stewart Kenneth Moore, Aron Wiesenfeld, and more.

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