J. Wellington Wimpy


J. Wellington Wimpy


Elzie Crisler Segar

First appearance (cartoon)

I Yam What I Yam 1933

First appearance (comic)


film Actor

Paul Dooley

Voice Artists

Allan Melvin
Daws Butler
Various others

J. Wellington Wimpy, or just Wimpy, is one of the characters in the long-running comic strip Thimble Theatre, and in the Popeye cartoons based upon the strip.


Wimpy was created by newspaper cartoonist Elzie Crisler Segar. He became one of the dominant characters in the newspaper strips. When Popeye was adapted as an animated cartoon series by Fleischer Studios, Wimpy was made a more minor character; Dave Fleischer said that the character in the Segar comic strips was "too intellectual" to be used in film cartoons. The character was soft-spoken and generally cowardly, or a "wimp", hence his name.
According to fellow cartoonist, Bill Mauldin, Wimpy took his name from one of Segar's instructors at the Chicago Art Institute (Wellington J. Reynolds)[1].


Wimpy is Popeye's friend. In the cartoons he mainly plays the role of the "straight man" to Popeye's outbursts and wild antics. Wimpy is very intelligent, and well educated, but very lazy. Wimpy is also something of a con artist and (especially in the newspaper comics) can be notoriously underhanded at times.

Wimpy loves to eat hamburgers, and is usually seen with one, but is usually too cheap to pay for them. A recurring joke is Wimpy's attempts to con other patrons into buying him his lunch.
Wimpy often tries to outwit fellow patrons with his convoluted logic. His famous line, which was first introduced to the cartoons in 1934's We Aim to Please, is "I'd gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today".
Wimpy had other frequently used lines in the original comic strip, usually invoked to someone or a group of people who are after him for some shenanigan he's pulled. On some occasions, Wimpy tries to placate the angry person or mob by saying "I'd like to invite you over to my house for a duck dinner." The angry person or persons are usually satisfied with that line and Wimpy moves away quickly to a safe distance and yells, "You bring the ducks!", the only one who doesn't grow angry at this is Popeye.


  1. Bill Mauldin, The Brass Ring, New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1972

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