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Not to be confused with the comic story Ham.


Ham Gravy, also known as Harold Hamgravy or Three Gun Gravy (in the West), is a Thimble Theatre character created by E. C. Segar. Ham debuted in the first Thimble Theatre strip, dated December 19, 1919.

Ham Gravy was the original fiancee of the better-known character Olive Oyl, but was often attracted to other women, if they were sufficiently wealthy. Ham was depicted as a slacker who preferred getting rich quick rather than earning money honestly.

In the late-1920s storyline "Dice Island", Castor Oyl hired the then-unknown sailor Popeye to man his ship for a voyage. As time passed, Ham was replaced by Popeye as the object of Olive's affections. Ham made occasional appearances in the Popeye strips, but never had the fame he once held.

Ham would star in a backup feature in early Popeye comic books by Bud Sagendorf, in which he had reinvented himself as a cowboy in the Far West, often accompanied by Percy Pink Skin.

Ham made a supporting appearance in the 1980 film, Popeye, where Olive has recently left Ham and has since begun dating Bluto at the film's opening. He was shown early in the film ineptly chasing his own hat, only to keep kicking it futher away. He was played by Bill Irwin, listed in the closing credits as "Ham Gravy (Old Boyfriend)".


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