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A Weekend Whatnot post.

Nestled on the east banks of the Mississippi River south of Kaskaskia Island, not too far from Missouri’s wine country, sits the small town of Chester, Illinois.

Chester is the hometown of one of the country’s most legendary cultural figures, Popeye the Sailor Man — both figuratively and literally.

The Alton (Ill.) Telegraph, a Hearst newspaper, highlights the ongoing efforts
of E. C. Segar’s birthplace to celebrate the comic creations of their native son.

A new Popeye character statue has been erected every year since 2006. Wimpy came first, followed by a full depiction of Popeye’s family, Olive Oyl, Swee’ Pea and Jeep.

Just a few weeks ago, the statue of Harold Hamgravy, Olive Oyl’s love interest before Popeye, was revealed. A statue of Oscar is expected in 2022.

The article includes an online gallery of the statues.



The six new watches highlight not just Charlie Brown and Snoopy, but all of your favorite characters from the beloved strip, letting you show off your devotion in a fashionable way. You can head over to the official Swatch website to snag your favorite watch, just in time to watch the upcoming Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

“The Gent and New Gent glass and case are made from biosourced materials, while the silicone bracelet on each watch features the Peanuts logo on the loop. Each style comes in a specially designed packaging, and those fans collecting all six watches can get their hands on a bespoke frame to display all the watches together.

The 80 – 90 Euros each translates to 92 – 110 U.S. Dollars.


More news from

NECA has launched the King Features Original Superheroes Series 1 lineup of 7-inch action figures, which is described as “their loving tribute to the classic giants of comic books and pop culture”. Series 1 includes Flash Gordon, The Phantom, and Ming the Merciless sporting their original King Features comic book looks.

Each figure is 7-inch scale and features over 30 points of articulation. The Phantom features glow-in-the-dark eyes and comes with interchangeable hands, two handguns, two detachable muzzle flashes, a whip, and Oath Skull. Flash and Ming both include interchangeable heads and hands, a laser blaster with two detachable effects, and a sword and sheath.

Pre-orders for the full 3-figure King Features Original Superheroes Series 1 set are live here at Entertainment Earth for $104.99 with free U.S. shipping set for January 2022.


Popeye, Wimpy, and The Sea Hag and Bernard © King Features Syndicate  
Flash Gordon, Ming the Merciless, and The Phantom © King Features Syndicate
Charlie Brown, Lucy, Sally, Franklin, and Snoopy and Woodstock © Peanuts Worldwide

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