J. Wellington Wimpy

Wimpy was a regular character in E.C. Segars comic strip called Thimble Theater. He was actually one of the more important characters until Popeye was introduced and became Olive Oyls new boy friend. Wimpy was soft spoken and a bit of a coward, thus living up to his name. He was also the worlds biggest moocher. The strip originally centered around Olive’s family. Wimpy had a crush on her, but when Popeye showed up she only had eyes for him. When the Popeye cartoons were being made at Fliesher Studios, Wimpy then became a minor character. Dave Fliesher said Wimpy was too much of an intellect to be a good character in film cartoons. He was very intelligent and well educated but a big lazy moocher as well. His famous line, “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” was first introduced in the 1934 Popeye cartoon “We Aim To Please”. In “Popeye The Sailor Meets Sinbad The Sailor”, Wimpy is seen eating hamburgers almost the entire show. No matter about his character flaws, you gotta love the guy.


About toonsville

I'm a retired animator and Director and I've worked mostly on TV Saturday morning cartoon shows. I started in the industry in 1966 at The Disney Studios in Burbank as an in-betweener on 'The Jungle Book' and worked at Filmation Studios, Hana Barbera, MGM, Universal, Cartoon Network and several others during my 42 years in the business.
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