Segar’s Popeye is a character compounded of vulgarity and compassion, raw aggression, and protective gentleness, violent waterfront humor and genuine”senskibiliky,” thickheaded stubbornness and imaginative leadership, brutal enmity and warm friendship, who can knock out a”horsk”in rage and nurse a baby carefully while it is suffering a fever that makes thermometers pop. He is no paranoid daydream, but a realistic, complex, often wrong but determined man of action who suffers continual agonies of decision, who pursues what he believes to be right far beyond the bounds of cop-interpreted law and order, who has to light his very way to comprehensibility though the warp and woof of an English language that is often almost too much to him. . . .
– Bill Blackbeard (Comic Art Scholar)
This is a character description of Popeye by Bill Blackbeard that I quite like, providing a finely tuned literary Description, though its deft concision reveals a retrospective insight that I feel is only replicable as a posthumous reading of a character, rather than a practical authentic oracular envisioning at the point of a characters conception. But, I still feel it conveys a degree of clarity that stands as a beacon for what should be aimed for, when starting a character.