Friday, September 10, 2010

What's A Jeep?

Having recently gotten a couple of volumes of the E.C. Segar's Popeye by Fantagraphics books, I decided to stat up one of the series' most unusual creatures, Eugene the Jeep, who first appeared in the strip on August 9, 1936.

# Appearing: 1d4
Alignment: Lawful
Movement: 120 (40)
AC: 5 (14)
Hit Dice: 1+1
Attacks: 1 (bite)
Damage: 1d4
Save: E1
Morale: 7

Jeeps are strange hybrids of wild dogs and alien, fourth dimensional cells.  They're found in Africa or some other exotic locale.  The size of a small dog, they appear as somewhat bear-like (myabe), often bipedal creatures, with longish tails.  Jeeps are highly intelligent, though incapable of speech.  They tend to communicate via body language. Jeeps are able to teleport (without error) short distances--in a manner simpler to blink dogs.  The creatures are also able to pass through solid (nonmagical) objects, or walk on ceilings, or even levitate in midair.


Unknown said...

There was a lot of weirdness in those old Popeye cartoons. I'd be curious to go back and watch some them with adult eyes. I know that as a child had a definite love/hate relationship with the spinach-munching sailor.

John Matthew Stater said...

Love the old Popeyes. I actually statted some Popeye characters and creatures a while back - I probably should post them tonight.

Matthew Slepin said...

There seems to be a lot of gaming potential in the comic strips (such as the Sea Hag) that never made it into the cartoons. I think the Jeep appears in only two animated shorts, although eh was more important in the strips. Too bad, as my daughter likes him.

Trey said...

There certainly is a lot of game adaptable weirdness in Popeye. It (like several other old comic strips) are secondary inspirations for the world of the City.