Years ago when I heard about the British cartoon series Banana Man (1983-1986), I thought that was the silliest idea for a superhero. However, it was interesting how young Eric turns into Banana Man just by eating a banana. It’s not exactly the same effect when Popeye eats spinach, but still amazing.
With the help of Crow, a talking crow who always happens to be at the right place at the right time, Banana Man defends 29 Acacia Road from the forces of evil, especially from his arch nemesis General Blight, who is a renegade army General with plans of world domination.
Eric doesn’t have a secret headquarters. He finds out about the crimes either by watching the news reported by Fiona his favorite news anchor, or when Police Chief O’Riley calls him. O’Riley doesn’t know that Eric is Banana Man. In fact, no one does except for Crow. O’Riley only knows that Eric knows how to get in contact with Banana Man.
It’s unknown how Eric first acquired these super powers, which came from eating bananas, but whenever Banana Man needs more power all he has to do is eat another banana. It’s that simple.
This was a good series, which contains a lot of the tongue and cheek brand of humor like on Danger Mouse. I couldn’t help but notice that Eric has a banana shaped headboard on his bed, a banana alarm clock, a book titled The Day of the Bananas, and even has a picture of a banana on his wall. I think it all risks exposing Eric’s secret identity, unless his parents think Eric is obsessed with bananas. I don’t know. What do you think?