A few years back Popeye the Sailor reached some kind of newsworthy milestone (I forget what it was ... maybe the 75th anniversary of the character?) At the time, a lot of historic imagery showing the people that might have inspired some of Popeye and his supporting cast crossed my desk — and I held onto them. I apologize for any nightmares that photo of "Olive Oyl" might inspire.
J. William Schuchert, believed to be the inspiration for the character J. Wellington Wimpy. Schuchert gave Segar a job drawing ads for his theatre when Segar was still in school.