Death of Newspapers #21: Bela Zaboly
In 1929, E.C. Segar introduced Popeye in his Thimble Theatre
comic strip. After Segar died of leukemia in 1938, the Popeye
strip was scripted by Tom Sims, who lived in Ohatchee, Alabama. Doc Winner (1884-1956), who worked in the King Features bullpen, illustrated the strip until the 1938 arrival of Bela Zaboly, aka Bill Zaboly (1910-1985). Sims and Zaboly teamed on the strip from 1938 to 1955. Zaboly continued until 1958 when Bud Sagendorf (1915-1994) took over. The current run of the strip consists of Sagendorf reprints. Zaboly also continued Segar's Sappo
topper strip. For more Sappo
, go to Stripper's Guide
. Zaboly's illustrated signature used the initials "BZ" with the "B" formed by the wings of a bee.
December 2, 1951
July 1, 1947
In 1941, Zaboly gave demonstrations
and showed students how to draw Popeye.
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