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.

"The Guest"


Writers: Bud Sagendorf
Pencils: Bud Sagendorf
Inks: Bud Sagendorf
Colors: Bud Sagendorf
Letters: Bud Sagendorf


Full Title: "The Guest" or "Was This Visit Necessary?" or "Good-Bye! - Good-Bye!!" or "Next Time Call B'fore You Come So I Can Leave B'fore You Arrive!!"
Number of pages: 8
Story Type: comic story
Characters: Popeye, Lunar-Lew and Wimpy
Prints: Popeye (Dell, 1948 series) #11 (February-March 1950)
Popeye Classics (comic book) (IDW, 2012 series) #11 (June 2013)
Popeye Classics (hardcover) (IDW, 2013 series) #3 (February 2014)



A Moon Goon was chosen by his people to visit Popeye on Earth.


Popeye just fills up a wash tub and starts to take an evening bath when a visitor knocks at the front door. Popeye is upset to have company at such a late hour so he tries to keep quiet and hopes they go away. When his late-night caller knocks at the back door he decides to get dressed again and see who it is. When he opens the back door, he is shocked to see a Moon Goon on Earth. He invites him in and asks him why he is on Earth before he remembers that he cannot speak the Moon Goon tongue. He tells the Goon to get comfortable as he goes to the phone to call Wimpy, so his friend may translate what the visitor is saying.

Since Popeye did not tell Wimpy why he needed to see him, the latter runs over to the sailor's house, thinking it must be important, for Popeye to call so late at night and get him out of bed. He is out of breath when he sees Popeye and upset when he learns that he is summoned just to meet a guest. Wimpy does however calm down after seeing the guest is a Moon Goon and as Popeye asks him to interpret what the Goon says.

Wimpy says the visitor's name is Lunar-Lew and, since the two men made the long trip to the Moon, he was chosen to return the visit. He goes on to say his nighttime arrival is hungry and requires refreshment. Wimpy stays with Lunar-Lew while Popeye prepares a great big bowl of spinach for his house guest to eat. Unfortunately, it appears that Moon Goons do not seem to like spinach very much since Lunar-Lew spits it back out. Popeye asks Wimpy to translate that Lunar-Lew should pick out anything he wanted, after which he starts eating all the wooden furniture.
Two hours later, he has eaten four chairs, two tables, one bench and the front door. After eating two picture frames he is finally full and rolls up into a rock to sleep. Before falling asleep, Lunar-Lew tells Wimpy it was the best meal he ever devoured. Wood is his favorite and there is very little on the Moon. One week later, Wimpy visits Popeye to see how he is getting along with his house guest. He learns Lunar-Lew is back on the Moon because he ate the last of the wood the night before. Now Popeye is lying in bed where his house was.


Last Updated: 10/16/2018

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