This week’s “Bananaman” story in The Beano is definitely one for the comics fans out there. “Miracle Banana” , written by Kev F. Sutherland and drawn by Wayne Thompson, is a lightly satirical strip in which Bananaman meets a character who he thinks has ripped him off.
Miracle Banana is, as any comics fan will recognise, based on Miracle Man, formerly known as Marvel Man, who was created in Britain in the 1960s to replace the reprints of US strip Captain Marvel and who closely followed that strip’s characters (Billy Batson/Micky Moran says the word Shazam / “Atomic” backwards and becomes a superhero).
Captain Marvel himself had been sued by the publishers of Superman who considered him to be rip-off of their character in the first place.
Miracle Man is, of course, now being re-published by Marvel Comics, who now own the character, with new stories one their way from Neil gaiman and Mark Buckingham in due course.
And who appears at the end of this week’s Bananaman episode? “Well, I won’t spoil the surprise,” says Kev, ” but I can tell you its the first part of a two-parter and next week’s strip is a three way battle between Miracle Banana, Bananaman and a character created in the 1940s who’s brought a team of lawyers with him…”
• Beano official web site: www.beano.com
• Kev F. Sutherland’s Blog: http://kevfcomicart.blogspot.co.uk