This link from Mike Lynch has been getting a lot of deserved play: Ivan Brunetti’s account of how he almost took over drawing NANCY. The strips evince the sort of lethargic fatalism one might expect from Brunetti, and while it’s hard to imagine them bruising the knees of America with reflexive slapping, still…what might have been!
A less-seen tale from the vaults comes from Stephen DeStefano as he recalls a grunge remake of Popeye from the 90s.
Not a hoax or an imaginary concept, these are images from King Features’ “GRUNGE POPEYE” 1995 licensing push. At least I got to draw Bluto, instead of the insipid Brutus (see my post regarding this particular prejudice further into my blog.)
Considering that by 1995 grunge was as dead as Kurt Cobain, you can see why this is little remembered.