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Ham Gravy (right) and Castor Oyl
|First appearance||December 19, 1919|
|Created by||E. C. Segar|
|Portrayed by||Bill Irwin (live-action film)|
Hamgravy was the original fiancé of the better-known character Olive Oyl, but was often attracted to other women who were considerably wealthy. Hamgravy was depicted as a slacker who preferred getting rich quick rather than earning money honestly.
In a later strip, Hamgravy hired a sailor named Popeye to man his ship for a treasure hunt. Intended as a minor supporting character, Popeye proved so popular with readers that he was made a permanent member of the main cast. As time passed, Hamgravy was replaced by Popeye as the prize for Olive's affections. Hamgravy made occasional appearances in the later Popeye strips, but never had the fame he once held.
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