Evening American Running editor William Curley believed Segar could triumph in New York, therefore he delivered him to King Features Syndicate, where Segar functioned for several decades.
He started by drawing Thimble Theatre for its New York Journal. The strip made its debut on December 19, 1919, including the figures Olive Oyl, Castor Oyl and Harold Ham gravy, whose title was immediately abbreviated in the strip to only “Ham Gravy”.
They had been the strip prospects for approximately a decade. Segar also established The Five-Fifteen for King Features in 1920; it had been retitled Sappo at 1926. The Five-Fifteen began its conduct as a Monday-through-Saturday strip. Back in 1926, the retitled Sappo has been converted to some Sunday-only topper into the Thimble Theatre Sunday pages.
Originally, this strip stinks about the exploits of suburban couple John and Myrtle Sappo. But, Segar afterwards included the personality of inventor Professor O. G. Wotasnozzle into Sappo. Wotasnozzle eccentric machines became the focus of this story. On January 17, 1929, when Castor Oyl had a mariner to browse his boat to Dice Island, Castor picked up an old sailor at the docks named Popeye.
Popeye’s very first line in the strip, upon being asked if he had been a sailor, was” ‘a believe I am a cowboy?” One of the other noteworthy characters Segar made include J. Wellington Wimpy and Eugene the Jeep.