There’s something rather unsettling about Gabby advertised as a laugh provoker equal to Popeye. And there’s something downright disturbing about Gabby’s face plastered over the globe (solve Sept. 18’s puzzle).
A few of these Popeye drawings are cribbed from the theatrical poster art, most definitely in the case of Doing Impossikible Stunts. Compare the spot ad to the original sketch for the one-sheet, below.
August-September 1940 (click to enlarge)
These two months, when the trade ads above first appeared, were particularly bleak to the theatre owners – as their choice of new Fleischer cartoons were limited to a Popeye cheater (Doing Impossikible Stunts); the last (and worst) of the Stone Age series; The first of the forgettable Animated Antics series and the final Hunky and Spunky Color Classic. Even the Popeye cartoons seemed a bit off. Above, Puttin’ On The Act (August 20th, 1940) and below, The Dandy Lion (September 20th 1940), note the use of the Big Chief Ugh-Amugh-Ugh theme on the track.