Famous Illinoisans: Who Am I?

I am the world’s most famous cartoon sailor.

I was created by E.Z. Segar, and first appeared in Thimble Theateron January 17, 1929.
Several of my cartoon pals are based on real characters found on the Mississippi River.
There’s no snack I enjoy more than a nice can of spinach.
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Who am I? Popeye the Sailor Man!

Since making his first appearance in the Thimble Theater comic strip in 1929, Popeye has appeared in cartoon shorts, movies, advertisements and video games, just to name a few. In 2002, TV Guide ranked the Chester native #20 on its list of the 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time. While creating characters for the strip, E.Z. Segar is said to have based many of them on figures he knew from his time living in the community on the Mississippi River.

Each year, Chester hosts the annual Popeye Picnic to celebrate its most famous citizen.