Creation and development in Thimble Theatre
Whaler Joe was created by E. C. Segar in March 1931 for King Features Syndicate's series of promotional spots called Popeye's Life Story, which contained details about Popeye's life growing up and all his personal traits. Whaler Joe himself was introduced as the orphan Popeye's guardian.
Due to the obscurity and rarity of Popeye's Life Story, Whaler Joe is not very well known by the populace, with his appearances and mentions in other media being rare or nonexistent.
Whaler Joe's physical appearance was first shown in the online comic strip Popeye's Cartoon Club in 2020.