On this day, January 17th, 1929, Popeye the Sailor Man debuts in the Thimble Theatre Comic Strip. The comic strip was created by E. C. Segar and was published in the New York Journal, a William Randolph Hearst Publication. Among the most popular characters were of course, Popeye and Olive Oyl, however the cast would soon grow. In 1933, Popeye and company would debut on television becoming one of the most popular cartoon shows of the 1930s. Although Popeye official said goodbye to running as a daily comic strip in 1994, the strips still published on Sundays. Currently, Time Warner owns the rights to the cartoons.