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Jeep - A small, yellow, dog-sized creature with a bulbous nose, and a long tail that bounced about in a series of animated POPEYE cartoons. The Jeep (a.k.a. "Eugene") was the pet of baby Swee' Pea, the adopted son of Popeye the Sailor.

In the original 1936 comic strip, Eugene the Jeep was mailed in a box to Olive Oyl by her famous explorer Uncle Ben Oyl while on expedition in Africa. Eugene the Jeep comes from Jeep Island and has magical powers like the ability to foretell the future, walk through walls, walk on ceilings, and appear out of nowhere.

When it came to dinnertime, the Jeep favored munching on five dollar orchids. When it spoke, the Jeep uttered a sound the same as its name.

Thimble Theater Comics, 1936.

Scene from the 1940 cartoon 'Eugene, the Jeep' when Olive Oyl sends Popeye a puppy named Eugene the Jeep for his birthday
Scene from "Eugene, the Jeep" cartoon

Popeye Comics - Eugene the Jeep - August 1936
Thimble Theater Comics, 1936

"A Jeep is an animal living in a three dimensional world-in this case our world- but really belonging to a fourth dimensional world. Here's what happened. A number of Jeep life cells were somehow forced through the dimensional barrier into our world. They combined at a favorable time with free life cells of the African Hooey Hound. The electrical vibrations of the Hooey Hound cell and the foreign cell were the same. They were kindred cells. In fact, all things are to some extent are relative, whether they be of this or some other world, now you see. The extremely favorable conditions of germination in Africa caused a fusion of these life cells. So the uniting of kindred cells caused a transmutation. The result, a mysterious strange animal." -- Professor Brainstine explains the Jeep to Popeye

TRIVIA NOTE: Created by Elzie Crisler Segar, Eugene the Jeep debuted in the Thimble Theater comic strip section of the Sunday comics in 1936. Segar's most popular cartoon creation was Popeye the Sailor.

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