EDITOR'S OPINIONJack Mercer had the longest tenure of providing the voice of Popeye and in my opinion that is definitely a good thing. Welch who stepped in for him from time to time when he was in the armed forces or unable to record lines did a decent job but is just missing some of that gravelly magic. The early voices of Costello, Buckley (who was the radio voice of Popeye) and the one time performance by Questel are a little deeper voiced than I like my Popeye. Mercer also nailed the signature laugh of Popeye!
The modern voices by LeMarche and West are wonderful. I think they both did a great job of capturing the nuances of the character. In the end though my vote goes to Mercer.