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Segar, Elzie Crislerlocked

(08 December 1894–13 October 1938)
  • M. Thomas Inge


Segar, Elzie Crisler (08 December 1894–13 October 1938), cartoonist and creator of the comic strip character Popeye, was born in Chester, Illinois, the son of Amzi Andrews Segar, a house painter and paper hanger, and Erma Irene Crisler. Segar’s initial contact with the world of entertainment came at the age of twelve when he worked at the Chester Opera House, where he drew posters and advertisements and learned to operate a projector for film showings (MPO, for “motion picture operator,” was reportedly tattooed on his forearm). His interest in drawing led him to complete the W. L. Evans correspondence course in cartooning, through which many young artists of the day learned the rudiments of the profession. With no further training, Segar moved to Chicago in 1916 and was hired by the Chicago ...

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