Popeye the Sewer-man

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Brew reader Jim Arnold sent in this shot of a remarkable Popeye rip-off mascot he spotted on a van in Syracuse, New York last week. Says Jim:

Look at that head! Even his forearms are swollen! Coincidence? It’s certainly comforting to know everyone’s favorite sailor is still finding work, regardless of how dirty the job is!

Calling King Features! This looks like a job for Lawyer-Man!


  • http://www.autodaddy.blogspot.com tom

    Well, that can’t be Popeye, ’cause Popeye doesn’t take sh-t from anybody!

  • Ed

    Different character, this one’s Poopeye……..

  • Nic Kramer

    Looks like a PD DVD/video cover that features “Floor Flushers”

  • Christopher Cook

    Actually, this figure has hair, has both eyes open and is sporting no pipe. So unless he’s actually brandishing a can of spinach, King Features can’t do squat.

  • http://www.ronimation.com Ron

    There is a really good illustration school in Syracuse University (I know because I went there) AND a really good animation studio too ( I know because I interned and then worked there) called Animotion inc. There is a small but very talented community up there. I wonder if any of those guys know who drew this. If so they’re probably pelting him/her with potatoes as we speak.

  • joe s

    ron,
    they should be pelting with spinach not potatoes.

  • http://www.ronimation.com Ron

    Good point Joe S. I stand corrected.

  • http://patsanimation.com pat

    Ha. Hey Ron, I worked there too. No idea if anyone local made that. They forgot the anchor tattoos.

  • Stan

    That’s Poopeye, one of Popeye’s nephews. Good to see he found work away from show business. Wonder what Peepeye, Pimpeye and Pupeye are up to?

  • http://www.patrickdeancomics.com/ Patrick Dean

    It looks like some British comic character out of Beano. it’s weird seing a Popeye knockoff with, er, two fully functioning eyes.

  • red pill junkie

    Maybe Popeye got this weird viral infection in his eye for working down the sewers, and decided then to quit his job to become a sailor…

    That would explain the lack of tattoos.

  • Norm Abrahams

    Jack Kinney couldn’t bring himself to draw Popeye without two functioning eyes, either, which distinguishes the 1960 Popeye shorts he made from those done by others. Must’ve been his Disney training.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    > There is a really good illustration school in Syracuse University (I know because I went there) AND a really good animation studio too ( I know because I interned and then worked there) called Animotion inc. There is a small but very talented community up there. I wonder if any of those guys know who drew this. If so they’re probably pelting him/her with potatoes as we speak.

    Too bad if such a thing happened in my hometown, they’d probably wouldn’t do a thing, as it would just go unnoticed like a lot of other trademark knock-off characters I saw over the years. Still being reminded of seeing one for a house painting firm that used Elmer Fudd dolled up in a painter’s uniform in their ads.

  • Bobby D.

    It seems as though I might be the only one who feels this way, but I don’t see that much of a resemblance between Popeye and ‘Poopeye.’

  • http://ryuuseipro.deviantart.com John Paul Cassidy

    This has got to be one of the funniest bunch of comments for an equally funny post on Cartoon Brew!

    As long as KFS doesn’t sue, the only phrase that comes to mind is, “Imitation is the highest form of flattery.” :)

  • Bugsmer

    Poopeye has grown tall, and is now even better looking than his uncle. I wonder how many times a day he flushes spinach down the toilet to unclog it…or eats spinach himself before blowing air through a pipe? Perhaps he excels at his work because he feels the green sludge he works with daily resembles spinach.

  • Bill Field

    POPEYE? No Way— It’s the SEAHAG… after her recent “gender reassignment”, uhm- I guess NOW I must say HIS not HER.

  • http://members.shaw.ca/petemslie/index.htm Pete Emslie

    That’s not Popeye. It’s obviously a caricature of the jutting-jawed actor, Charles Napier, who used to costar with all those big bosomed gals in Russ Meyer’s films.

  • vzk

    He kind of looks like Stan Smith from American Dad!

  • http://www.goldenagecartoons.com Matthew Hunter

    He used to smoke pipes…now he cleans ‘em.

  • Gordan Calma

    Blow me down !!! Guess that CG special didn’t save the mariner’s career. Popeye the drain-man. Toot-toot! Still, it’s better than the ol’ runt’s recent attempts at being a pimp/rapper/gangsta’ as seen on all those crappy t-shirts that are sold on Ebay and all over the Net…

  • RODAN

    I do wonder if his cartoon pants ride as low as my plumbers…..
    Craaak-akk akkk akkk—akkk!!!

  • http://paulbadilla.blogspot.com Paul

    hey, here in Chile we have the Popeye Soap!!! the soap exists, for forty years!!

    here’s the pic!:
    http://www.fotolog.com/decultazo/26382597

    enjoy! and it’s not made of spinach

  • Bobby Bickert

    >They forgot the anchor tattoos.

    If you click on the link to the company’s website, the lookalike DOES have anchor tattoos in the logos there.

  • http://www.mattsketchpad.blogspot.com Matt Crosser

    In reference to this post, I just posted a photo on my blog that shows Popeye isn’t the only one who has found new work.

    http://mattsketchpad.blogspot.com/2007/10/wimpy-pizza-man.html

  • http://brainrow.com/ Michael Burton

    Please, please, just keep the lawyers out of it.

  • http://www.strugglingyoungman.com Shaw

    SIX months later, Popeye the Sewer-Man still lives

    http://www.drainman.net/home.html

    Maybe King Features just doesn’t care anymore?