James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Cartoon Characters That He Liked As A Child – Part 2: Bananaman

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It’s Day 2 of the month of April and by sheer coincidence, it’s also Day 2 of the A-Z Blogging Challenge. If I’m not mistaken (and I rarely am) the second letter of the alphabet is ‘B’


‘B’ is for Bananaman.


I used to read the Beano as a kid. I did not read the Dandy. You couldn’t read both. It wasn’t allowed. You had to pick a side and I opted for Dennis the Menace, Minnie the Minx and The Bash Street Kids, over Desperate Dan, Korky the Cat and Winker Watson. Because they were much much better.

But the Dandy did have one character that might have persuaded me to change sides. And that was the incomparable Bananaman.

Fortunately there was a TV adaptation of Bananaman so I was able to have my banana cake and eat it, getting to enjoy the Beano in comic book form and Bananaman as a televised cartoon.

Without Bananaman it is distinctly possible that I would never have eaten fruit as a child. But to this day, whenever I eat a banana I retain the hope that it will give me superpowers.

  22 comments for “James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Cartoon Characters That He Liked As A Child – Part 2: Bananaman

  1. April 2, 2018 at 9:15 am

    I used to call my own father ‘Bananaman’ eons ago whenever he wore his faded yellow Bonds t-shirt (which I believe now I subconsciously never approved of) but had no idea there was a cartoon named this.

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    • April 2, 2018 at 9:18 am

      I’m pleased to be the one who introduced you to him! I think Bananaman enjoyed the bulk of his success in the UK, but he was pretty big over here back in the day.

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  2. April 2, 2018 at 9:44 am

    “The Banana Man was a vaudeville character created by Adolf Proper (November 27, 1886–December 17, 1950[1]) who worked under the stage name “A. Robins”.

    The Banana Man (BZ) act consisted of Proper, dressed as a clownish character in a baggy tuxedo, producing an amazing and apparently impossible number of props from countless pockets and secret places in his costume. He would then perform various clown routines with the props. These props included (among many other things) a clarinet, a mandolin, a huge magnet, a violin, a music stand, several watermelons, and three hundred bananas…”

    Not sure why I posted this, but I guess the world needed to know…

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    • April 2, 2018 at 9:45 am

      I certainly needed to know

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      • April 2, 2018 at 9:48 am

        Well, I was going to say that Captain Kangaroo was the first Banana Man; then, I looked it up and found he was based upon the earlier one.

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      • April 2, 2018 at 9:51 am

        We’ve all learned something today, which is really what this whole endeavour has all been about. Now I have to look up Captain Kangaroo…

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  3. April 2, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    I was a Beano boy but totally missed out on Bananaman. Good to see a superhero from a terraced property!

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    • April 2, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      Just shows what you can achieve in life with a ‘can-do’ attitude and a healthy diet…

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  4. April 2, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    fun theme. i’m not much of a cartoon person, but i love 70s and 80s tv.

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    • April 2, 2018 at 5:03 pm

      Well most of my entries are likely to be 80s so we should be OK. You might want to skip ‘J’ and ‘X’ because I do venture into the 90s for those…

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  5. April 2, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Absolute classic! Thanks for the memory.

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  6. April 2, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    Being a girl I missed the playground ‘rules’ you opened with and never one for taking sides anyway I didn’t play those silly schoolyard tussle trends. And I was lucky to do my little bro’s small chores toward his allowing me to read all his comics as well as my girlie comics and him insisting he did not want to read those even though he could have. Bananaman! I watched Bananaman on telly sometimes if nothing better on but not sure if I remembered him from the Dandy, i loved korky and DD more then i think. But a fab post again for today’s B! I gotta go catch up with mine for today but behind with other posts first! What a todo! Silly me! see ya later, cheers and thanks again 😀

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    • April 3, 2018 at 6:49 am

      I think I might have overstated the Beano/Dandy rivalry – it mostly came from the fact that our parents wouldn’t buy us both so you had to pick one and stick with it. I’d happily read a Dandy if I happened upon one, but when it came to spending my pocket money, the Beano was the only one for me!

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  7. April 3, 2018 at 1:02 am

    Nice post James. Through the 70s and 80s my Nanna would send me (to Canada) a cylinder-shaped parcel of the Beano, Dandy, Beezer, Topper, and many more comics dedicated to WW 2 and football. She even sent me the ‘girl’s comics’, which I passed on to my younger sister. It is safe to say that I got a lot of cartoon sensibilities from those precious packages, that I unwrapped with the fervour of a art historian unfurling a rare Rembrandt. Favourites: Billy Whizz, Bash Street Kids, Roger the Dodger, and the one with the tiny people who resided in the body of this guy I forgot the name of… I moved on to haha the Fabulous Furry Freak Bros and R. Crumb after that. But yes, the Beano uber alles.

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    • April 3, 2018 at 6:38 am

      Bash Street Kids was probably my fave, but Rodger the Dodger was a close second. I think the tiny people you refer to were ‘the germs’? They had an ‘Aunty Biotics’ who kept them in line. And an ‘Uncle Biotics’ too if I recall…

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      • April 7, 2018 at 5:11 am

        Yes, the Germs. Thx James. I loved the WW 2 comics, and, sadly, much of my education, History, Geography and otherwise, occurred between those pages! To this day, I still think that Germans speak English but with a heavy German accent. And when you are shot, you go ‘AAAAARRRRRGGH!!!” I wished someone would still mail me Beanos, they are rather pricey here in Canada. Here are my terms: send me the Beano. I send you nothing back in return. End of.

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      • April 7, 2018 at 7:29 am

        To be honest I’m amazed the Beano ‘s still going – but apparently it is. Almost tempted to start subscribing again myself, but I think that would be all kinds of bad for my marriage (I’m already obsessed by far too much pop culture as it is…). Oh and in my experience, all Germans do speak English, with a heavy German accent, and what other sound would you make if someone shot you?


  8. ddeepa
    April 3, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    Hahahah! I had no idea that there was a character by this name! LOL – I love how you say you had to pick sides!!! That’s funny! Was that coz of siblings or friends making you do that?

    2018: A-Z

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    • April 3, 2018 at 6:21 pm

      Mostly I couldn’t afford to buy both with my pocket money, but there was a rivalry between my friends who read the Dandy and those of us who read the Beano. A friendly rivalry but a rivalry nonetheless…


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