He is to Popeye
… what Ming is to Flash Gordon.
… what Bull Dawson is to Captain Easy.
… what Susie is to Calvin.
And though he was well-known to the sailor man,
and had been skulking around the ship for a week,
we first met him 90 years ago today.
The rest of the week:
The entire sequence, Bluto’s only appearance in creator E.C. Segar’s Popeye run,
is available in Fantagraphics wonderful collection of E. C. Segar’s Popeye –
specifically Volume Three “Let’s You And Him Fight.”
I don’t know if it ever ran in Comics Kingdom’s Vintage Thimble Theater.