Sunday, 27 December 2009

Popeye and Alice The Goon

I'd forgotten, until reading the latest collection of the original EC Segar Popeye strips from the 1930s, that there was a character called Alice the Goon. She started out as quite a hideous and frightening zombie-like figure - a henchwoman for the evil Sea Hag - but later became quite loveable and motherly.

So that's what we call Alice now: Alice The Goon.

We don't really.

And did you know, fact fans, that Spike Milligan named The Goons after Alice The Goon?

Anyway, below is a picture of Alice I took this evening. I didn't mean to pose her next to the Popeye book - it was just there. But look at the fantastic cultural paraphernalia she's surrounded herself with: Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Popeye, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Guardian Guide.

Oh, and she adores that caterpillar.


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