Popeye Variations: Not Your Pappy’s Popeye

Clover Press and Yoe! Comics have launched a Kickstarter campaign for Popeye Variations. Edited by Craig Yoe, the new hardcover anthology featuring more than a hundred illustrations and stories by some of the biggest names in comics, all focused on everyone’s favorite spinach-eating sailor man and his supporting cast.


I watched Popeye as a kid. Thought he was great. Still hate spinach, though.

But that’s not why I’m here. I’m here to tell you about Popeye Variations, a new book that celebrates the ultimate Sailor Man with art by some of the biggest names in underground and mainstream comics.

It’s just the kind of project you’d expect from Yoe! Comics — which has teamed with Clover Press on a new Kickstarter that I’m willing to wager will be funded as quickly as Popeye’s biceps become warships.


As the title suggests, Popeye Variations reimagines and remixes Popeye and friends through the lens of a number of different contemporary artists. No fewer than 75 cartoonists, filmmakers and comic book creators have been tapped to lend their own spin on Popeye’s world.

Exclusive first look from The Beat.

Exclusive sneak peek from 13th Dimension.

Exclusive preview from IGN.


The Popeye Variations Kickstarter page lists the contributors:

Aeron Alfrey, Andrew Farago, Alex Hallat, Andrew Farago, Anthony Freda, Art Fuentes, Bianca Xunise, Bill Holbrook, Bob Spang, Bones Leopard, “Box” Brown, Caro Ramsey, Carol Lay, Cat Farris, Chogrin Munoz, Chris Mostyn, Craig Yoe, Darryl Young, Dave Calver, David Degrand, David Reddick, Dean Haspiel, Donnie Pitchford, Erica Henderson, Isabella Bannerman, Jack Mendelsohn, Jason Nuttall, Jay P. Fosgitt, Jean Wei, Jeff Parker, Jeffrey Brown, Jim Engel, Jim Siergey, Jim Siergey, Joe Wos, John Hambrock, John Kovaleski, John Rose, Jules Feiffer, Jules Rivera, Justin Pierce, Kate Ashwin, Kel McDonald, Kelley Jones, Len Danovich, Liniers, Lonnie Milsap, Luna Ouyang, M. Patrinos, Maddi Gonzalez, Magnolia Porter Siddell, Marloes De Vries, Mary Fleener, Micheline Hess, Nate Bear, Olive Rae Brinker, Oscar Grillo, Pedro Vargas, R. Sikoryak, Randy Milholland, Raul The Third, Reimena Yee, Rina Piccolo, Roger Langridge, Roz Chast, Ryan Estrada, Samir Barrett, Sander Ettema, Sandra Bell-Lundy, Sarah Rose, Sarah Winifred Searle, Savannah Zambrano, Scott Shaw, Shaenon K. Garrity, Shan Horan, Shannon K. Garrity, Shing Yin Khor, Stan Sakai, Steve Lieber, Steve Mannion, Steve Purcell, Susan Camilleri Konar, Tom Neely, Unca’ Lar ‘Desouza, Vannotes, Woodrow Phoenix, Yesenia Moises

Popeye Variations has been scheduled and rescheduled for months.
The latest (before this Kickstarter campaign) had it due October 25, 2022.

No matter how he is reincarnated Popeye is © King Features Syndicate.