A month ago, before I had my hands on a copy of Fantagraphics’ 1st volume of Popeye, I thought E. C. Segar‘s Popeye was going to be a really boring comic strip. Boy was I wrong. I was a full convert by the 5th strip (on the first page) printed in that book.
I had no idea what an African Escape Hen was until a few weeks ago. If you aren’t already acquainted, meet Bernice. She is an Escape Hen from Africa. She can vanish; she can reappear; she can not be captured or killed; and she is the only member of her species ever to be held in captivity.
Segar’s was a genius to introduce such an unlikely character into what in almost all other regards seems like a very natural world – and he does this numerous times with a great array of wonderful characters. I can’t wait to read the entire run.
He won me over immediately and I’ll always be glad of it.
And my sketch of Bernice… It yams what it yams.