This was a comment was in the letters section of the blog Exploring Our Matrix
There was an actual person behind the Popeye traditions.
So Popeye existed, according to mainstream Biblical historian criteria, as the character of Popeye was based on a real person.
Nobody would seriously doubt that Popeye was based on a real sailor who liked to get into a fight, if they studied history properly.
And , according to mainstream Biblical historical criteria, Sherlock Holmes existed, as the character in the stories was based on a real person.
All you need for somebody to exist is for that person to be based on a real historical person.
This is mainstream history, and mythicists should go to school and learn this.
So Popeye and Sherlock Holmes existed, according to all the criteria of mainstream Biblical history.
Of course, Olive Oyl and Dr. Watson may not have existed, just like Judas and Lazarus may not have existed, but that is simply not relevant to the historically certain facts that Popeye and Sherlock Holmes were based on real historically attested figures.
However, when people say 'Jesus' existed, they really want something more than a historical person behind the story.
They want Jesus to have more of an existence than Popeye or Sherlock Holmes.
So the mere statement that 'Jesus' was based on a real person no more convinces mythicists that Jesus existed than claiming that Popeye was based on a real person is evidence that Popeye existed.