Creation and development
This character was created by Fleischer Studios for their 1936 short Never Kick a Woman. The character herself went unnamed but was clearly a caricature of Hollywood star Mae West and even sounded like the famed actress, even using her catchphrase "Why don't you come up and see me sometime?", among others. Her voice was provided by Bonnie Poe.
Never Kick A Woman
As Popeye and Olive Oyl pass a sporting-goods shop, they see an athletic woman demonstrating boxing equipment while offering to teach customers the art of self-defense, which Popeye is all too eager to convince Olive to try, but when the robust lady comes on to Popeye, Olive gets jealous and they end up fighting over The Sailor Man, with Olive losing until she eats Popeye's spinach, instantly knocking out the hussy and getting back her man.
- Some people think that the real Mae West provided the voice for the character, which is untrue. Fleischer Studios used an impersonator, as Mae West would have asked for too much money if she had done the role.