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For the performer, see Banana Man (performer). For the emoticon, see Dancing Banana.
Bananaman
Publisher D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd
First appearance Nutty #1 (16 February 1980)
Created by Writer: Steve Bright
Artist: John Geering
Characteristics
Alter ego Eric Wimp (later Eric Twinge but usually referred to as simply 'Little Eric')
Team
affiliations
Chief O'Reilly
Abilities Super strength (smashing through steel, fighting, etc.) "the muscles of twenty men, and the brains of twenty mussels",
Flight
Invulnerability
Breathing in space
Helium-boosted heat finger
Intense stupidity
Also equipped with gadgets: Thermal Banana, Banana Laser Gun, electronic thermal underwear.

Bananaman is a British comic book fictional character. He originally appeared in Nutty as the backpage strip in Issue 1, dated 16 February 1980 drawn by John Geering. Banana Man was a vaudeville act which became popular with small children due to the Captain Kangaroo program. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... D. C. Thomson & Co. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Nutty was a British comic book that ran for 292 issues from 16 February 1980 to 14 September 1985, when it merged with The Dandy. ... February 16 is the 47th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... British cartoonist with a distinctive, occasionally flamboyant style, most famous for his work for DC Thomson titles including Sparky, Topper, Nutty and the Beano. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Alice, a fictional character based on a real character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... Nutty was a British comic book that ran for 292 issues from 16 February 1980 to 14 September 1985, when it merged with The Dandy. ... Issue 1, as well as refering to the first edition of a publication such as magazine, comic, or e-zine, is also used to denote the initial direction or output of creativity. ... February 16 is the 47th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... British cartoonist with a distinctive, occasionally flamboyant style, most famous for his work for DC Thomson titles including Sparky, Topper, Nutty and the Beano. ...

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Original strip

The original strip, written by Steve Bright and mostly drawn by John Geering until his death in 1999, is essentially a parody of Superman with shades of Captain Marvel and his British twin, Marvelman and occasionally other Silver Age characters, whilst also combining comic slapstick with a heavy dose of eccentric British humour similar to Alan Moore's contemporary work on Captain Britain. Eric Wimp, an ordinary schoolboy, living at 29 Acacia Road, Nuttytown, eats a banana to transform into Bananaman, a lantern-jawed adult superhero, sporting a distinctive cowled blue and yellow outfit complete with a yellow two-tailed cape resembling a banana skin. His superpowers include the ability to fly, superhuman strength (often quoted as "twenty men... twenty big men" but sometimes limitless, with "nerks", "women" and "snowmen" all being used in place of "men"), and seeming invulnerability. British cartoonist with a distinctive, occasionally flamboyant style, most famous for his work for DC Thomson titles including Sparky, Topper, Nutty and the Beano. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... For other uses, see Captain Marvel. ... Miracleman (originally Marvelman) was a British-authored superhero comic, first published on February 3, 1954. ... Showcase #4 (Oct. ... British humour is a somewhat general term applied to certain comedic motifs that are often prevalent in comedic acts originating in Great Britain and its current or former colonies. ... Alan Moore (born November 18, 1953, in Northampton) is an English writer most famous for his influential work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. ... Captain Britain (Brian Braddock), briefly known as Britannic, is a fictional character, a superhero appearing in the comic books published by Marvel Comics. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode, see Super Hero (Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode). ... A mysterious man in a cape, in Seinfeld, in episode 6-4. ... The USA and USSR were the two superpowers during the Cold War. ...


Eric was rocketed to Earth from the moon as a baby, and gained his powers because the crescent moon resembles a banana. He has a kryptonite-style weakness to mouldy bananas, and at one point even a Fortress of Solitude-style building at the North Pole, made out of a giant banana. Apparent magnitude: up to -12. ... Lex Luthor in front of a displays of kryptonite and holding Green Kryptonite. ... The Fortress of Solitude is the occasional headquarters of Superman in DC Comics. ...


Bananaman is still a star of the modern Dandy comic, although from April 2007 the character has only appeared in reprinted strips from the John Geering era. The Dandy is a British childrens comic published by D. C. Thomson & Co. ...


If Bananaman needs extra power, bananas can be eaten for strength boosts, provided by his faithful pet crow; if he does not have enough strength to shatter an ice block, for example, after eating a banana, he will have enough. If he eats lots of bananas in one sitting, he quickly becomes obese in his transformation; if he eats bananas that are not full, he transforms with extra weight in the lower part of his body. There have also been comics where he has eaten a variant on normal bananas, and transforms differently, reflecting the difference in that banana. Species See text. ...


From 1983-1986, he had his own annual, the 1984 one was a Marks & Spencer exclusive, the next one was titled "Bananaman Annual 1985". This is unusual for two reasons - Nutty comic never had an annual, and all other DC Thomson annuals of that era were called "The (title) Book". The remaining two are called "Bananaman, your TV hero" with the year (1986 and 1987) after that. Unlike Dennis the Menace and Bash Street Kids, these annuals were entirely new material.


Alternative origins

In the 1991 Dandy Annual, Bananaman's origin was changed to that of being a normal Earth baby in a maternity hospital, who obtained his powers after unintentionally eating a banana in which General Blight had hidden a stolen supply of Saturnium (presumably similar to uranium, neptunium or plutonium), and accidentally left it next to Eric. However, later issues referred to the first origin as the real one. The Dandy Annual is the current name of the book that has been published every year since 1938, to tie in with the childrens comic The Dandy. ... General Name, Symbol, Number uranium, U, 92 Chemical series actinides Group, Period, Block n/a, 7, f Appearance silvery gray metallic; corrodes to a spalling black oxide coat in air Standard atomic weight 238. ... General Name, Symbol, Number neptunium, Np, 93 Chemical series actinides Group, Period, Block n/a, 7, f Appearance silvery metallic Standard atomic weight (237) g·mol−1 Electron configuration [Rn] 5f4 6d1 7s2 Electrons per shell 2, 8, 18, 32, 22, 9, 2 Physical properties Phase solid Density (near r. ... General Name, Symbol, Number plutonium, Pu, 94 Chemical series actinides Group, Period, Block n/a, 7, f Appearance silvery white Standard atomic weight (244) g·mol−1 Electron configuration [Rn] 5f6 7s2 Electrons per shell 2, 8, 18, 32, 24, 8, 2 Physical properties Phase solid Density (near r. ...


Bananaman initially faced a different pastiche supervillain each week, who were often lampoons of the kind of single-issue, uncreatively-named villains that heroes fought during the Silver Age, or tips-of-the-hat to famous supervillains. The word pastiche describes a literary or other artistic genre. ... Doctor Doom, one of the most archetypal supervillains and his arch-enemies The Fantastic Four (in background). ... Showcase #4 (Oct. ...


Enemies include:

  • Syndney aka Toymaster 10 year old parody of Toyman
  • Witchy Woman parody of Scarlet Witch
  • Doctor Gloom, a Doctor Doom homage, Blight's sidekick
  • Appleman, Bananaman's arch-enemy in the early strip,parody of Bizarro,created by Dr Gloom
  • General Blight Banaman's current arch enemy, parody of Adolf Hitler
  • Weatherman works for General Blight
  • Clayman parody of Clayface
  • The Heavy Mob, a group of thieves led by Eddie the Gent
  • Auntie, a nanny with remote control-led balls of knitting wool as weapons
  • Impossible Man, complete with a quiff who performs impossible things such as hopping at 100mph
  • Foul Five parody of Fantastic Four
  • Scotsman, who controls haggis with a set of bagpipes
  • The Nerks, an alien race bent on conquering Earth, led by King Zorg
  • Bubblegum Bert
  • Skunk Woman, an homage to Catwoman
  • Captain Cream
  • Mouseman, a gigantic mouse

The strip's medium-subverting elements became toned down as the strip gained in popularity, becoming more simplistic to appeal to the supposed audience. Bananaman gained a talking crow sidekick called simply Crow, and he became so stupid he often forgot how to fly or to use the door. Eventually, Bananaman even began to go to school despite being an adult. General Blight, a generic criminal mastermind, largely replaced the inventive criminal-of-the-week. The Toyman is a fictional comic book supervillain in the DC Comics universe and an enemy of Superman. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Bizarro is a fictional character, a doppelgänger of DC Comics’ Superman. ... Hitler redirects here. ... Clayface is a name used by several DC Comics fictional characters, most of them possessing clay-like bodies and shapeshifting abilities. ... Everyday instance of theft: the bike which fits on this wheel has disappeared. ... A nanny is a person who looks after the child or children of one family in their -- the childs -- home. ... A television remote control A DVD Player remote control A remote control is an electronic device used for the remote operation of a machine. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Fantastic Four is a fictional American team of comic-book superheroes in the Marvel Comics universe. ... an uncooked small haggis Haggis is a traditional Scottish dish. ... A piper playing the Great Highland Bagpipe. ... Catwoman is a fictional character associated with DC Comics Batman franchise and created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane. ...


Bananaman is allied with Chief O'Reilly, a stereotyped Irish policeman (apparently an homage to Batman's James Gordon or the equally stereotyped Chief O'Hara in the 1960s Batman TV series). He used to wear an Indian feather headdress as a visual pun on Chief, and in later strips wore a hat with a flashing blue light on the top. Chief works in a police station shaped like a giant police helmet, which frequently has to be rebuilt after Bananaman accidentally destroys it. O'Reilly rings up Eric to get him to talk to Bananaman, presumably thinking Eric is Bananaman's assistant of some kind, as in the cartoon series it is made clear that the Chief is not aware of Eric being the big blue superhero. Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... James Jim Worthington Gordon is a supporting character in DC Comics Batman series. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Cartoon series

Bananaman
Genre Cartoon
Starring Tim Brooke-Taylor
Graeme Garden
Bill Oddie
Jill Shilling
Theme music composer Dave Cooke
Country of origin Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 40
Production
Producer(s) Trevor Bond
Running time 5 min
Broadcast
Original channel BBC
Original run 3 October 198315 April 1986
External links
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

In 1983, the BBC made a cartoon series which included a catchy theme tune and featured the voices of The Goodies. It was produced by Flicks Films for Chatsworth TV and in association with Tellytales Enterprises. Parts of the character were changed for the series: he was now called Eric Twinge, had a distinctive banana-shaped hairstyle rather than punk stubble, and had a love interest (only when transformed) in the form of Fiona, a newsreader based on Selina Scott. A cartoon is any of several forms of illustrations with varied meanings that evolved from its original meaning. ... Tim Brooke-Taylor (April 2000) Timothy Julian Brooke-Taylor, (born 17 July 1940 in Buxton, Derbyshire, England) is a British comic actor most well known in Britain as a member of The Goodies comedy trio and in the comedy radio shows Im Sorry I Havent a Clue, and... Graeme Garden, as a Beefeater in The Goodies (TV series) episode The Tower of London David Graeme Garden (born February 18, 1943) is a British comedy writer and performer. ... William Edgar (Bill) Oddie, OBE (born 7 July 1941 in Rochdale, Lancashire), is a British comedy writer and performer, author, composer and musician. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... is the 276th day of the year (277th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 105th day of the year (106th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... A cartoon is any of several forms of illustrations with varied meanings that evolved from its original meaning. ... This article discusses the Goodies trio and the origins of their comedy TV series For information about the television series, see The Goodies (TV series) The Goodies are a trio of British comedians (Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie), who created, wrote, and starred in a surreal British... Selina Scott (right) with Diana, Princess of Wales (Private Eye, 31 December 1982) Selina Scott (b. ...


Graeme Garden voiced the characters of Bananaman, General Blight and Maurice of The Heavy Mob, Bill Oddie voiced the characters of Crow, Chief O'Reilly, Doctor Gloom and the Weatherman, and Tim Brooke-Taylor voiced the characters of Eric, King Zorg of the Nurks, Eddie the Gent, Auntie and Appleman, as well as narrating the episodes. Jill Shilling voiced Fiona and any additional female characters, including Eric's cousin Samantha (but not Auntie). It lasted for forty episodes between 3 October 1983 and 15 April 1986. Graeme Garden, as a Beefeater in The Goodies (TV series) episode The Tower of London David Graeme Garden (born February 18, 1943) is a British comedy writer and performer. ... William Edgar (Bill) Oddie, OBE (born 7 July 1941 in Rochdale, Lancashire), is a British comedy writer and performer, author, composer and musician. ... Tim Brooke-Taylor (April 2000) Timothy Julian Brooke-Taylor, (born 17 July 1940 in Buxton, Derbyshire, England) is a British comic actor most well known in Britain as a member of The Goodies comedy trio and in the comedy radio shows Im Sorry I Havent a Clue, and... is the 276th day of the year (277th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 105th day of the year (106th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ...


Bananaman was aired in the United States by the Nickelodeon cable network as a companion piece to Dangermouse, but Bananaman never came close to reaching that series' American popularity. The show also aired during the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) after school timeslot and is considered one of the Classic ABC shows. This article is about the TV channel. ... DangerMouse is a British animated television series which was produced by Cosgrove Hall Films. ... Classic ABC is a segment on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation featuring childrens favourite classics. ...


Some of these episodes would eventually re-appear in print form in The Dandy in 1998, coinciding with the BBC repeating the series that year, and are now being reprinted in the comic as of April 2007, now promoting the DVD. Each episode was roughly five minutes from start to end. Phrases from the show, "twenty big men" and "ever alert for the call to action", are still used in the comic today.


Credits

  • Written by: Terry Ward
  • Music: Dave Cooke
  • Animation: Richard Cox, Joan Garrick, Geoff Loynes, Janet Nunn
  • Backgrounds: Russell Peerman
  • Layout: Gil Potter
  • Checking: Katherine R. Cowan
  • Trace & Paint: Janine Arthy, Jacqueline Miller, Olive Scott, Phillis Vince, Anna Ward
  • Color Stylists: Richard Adams, Jane Beecham, Marianne Coldner, Paul Heyward, John Tillet, Anne Whitford
  • Rostrum Camera: Stephen Williams
  • Film Editors: Morgan Daniels, Jim Hubbard, Jean Morrice
  • Production Assistant: Tracy Dean
  • Production Coordinators: Thomas Barker, Pat C. Morton
  • Assistant Director: Andy Dixon
  • Produced by: Trevor Bond
  • Directed by: Terry Ward

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