This is a story from Popeye, the original series published by Dell in 1948. The series was later renamed to Popeye the Sailor as it continued with other publishers. It has also been reprinted in other comic books by other publishers since then.
Wimpy tries to get a farmer to give him breakfast, but the farmer makes him work for it.
Wimpy strolls into the Rough House Cafe with his usual warm greeting to soften him up for a breakfast handout. After settling down nice and comfortable at the counter, he orders a meal fit for a king. Rough-House just grits his teeth and replies with harsh language and a clenched fist, asking how the bill would be payed. Wimpy responds with the same amount of anger as he climbs on top of the counter to insult the establishment. This, of course, only gets Wimpy booted out the front door.
This little setback only sends Wimpy on his way to the countryside to bum grub off of someone else. What could be a better mark than a simple farmer? Only Wimpy's smooth talking does not fool this farmer. He pegs Wimpy for a common moocher and asks Wimpy to work for his food by returning a cow lost in the woods.
At first, Wimpy is insulted by being called a 'common' moocher and asked to work, but the cow inspires a brilliant plan to obtain nourishment. Wimpy tells the farmer he will find the cow if he can borrow an ax to cut his way through the woods. The farmer agrees, but is already one step ahead because he knows Wimpy will have a rough time bringing a wild cow home.
Wimpy finds the lost cow easily enough, but she knows what the ax means: a swift end for her. Before Wimpy can guess the number of burgers he can acquire from her, she charges. Before long, the cow chases Wimpy back to her farm.
Her owner is surprised that a city slicker like Wimpy actually got her back. He ushers them both into the barn, then compliments Wimpy for his good work and shuts the barn door behind them. The farmer sits outside as night falls, still listening to Wimpy 'taming' his cow. He comments that he will give Wimpy a very good breakfast for all the hard work.
Last Updated: 10/16/2018