I gotta say that I am loving the heck out of this Super Event. Vigilantes, Superheroes, Supervillains, bad guys to tap Batman-style, Spiderpig… so much fun. Of course, with lots of new items comes my task to let you know just WHERE all the stuff comes from. For this super where did THAT come from, we’ll take a look at the National Bank of Springfield.
Not to be confused with the First Bank of Springfield or BS as I like to call it, the National Bank of Springfield is a much newer addition to the show. Well, new if you consider Season 13 new vs. Season 6 for the BS. For our first appearance in the Best. Show. Ever. we head to “The Lastest Gun in the West” (S13:E12).
The National Bank of Springfield features at the end of this funny episode which introduced us to Buck McCoy. Buck becomes Bart’s new hero after saving him from a vicious dog. Unfortunately, Buck turns out to be more alcoholic than cowboy hero. To rekindle his son’s faith in Buck, Homer convinces him to stop a real life robbery at the bank.
For another appearance, we fast forward to “Dark Knight Court” (S24:E16). This is the episode which inspired this buildings appearance in the Superhero Event. Mr. Burns is the mysterious octogenarian of the night… Fruitbat Man. Of course, Burns stinks at stopping crime so Smithers arranges scenarios for him to seem awesome at crimefighting. We do see a bank during these but it could be any Springfield bank. I honestly just wanted to show it because of Homer, Lenny and Carl as Batman villains.
Of course this could be any bank but the National Bank of Springfield does appear at the very end in the hilarious Dependables ending. The octogenarian initiative includes Grampa as The Rambler right outside the bank boring two robbers. The banks color has changed from brick red to green just like our new TSTO building.
The other superheros are hilarious too: Early Bird, Hot Flash and the Iron Lung.
One last appearance is in “The Changing of the Guardian” (S24:E11). Homer, Marge, Lenny and Carl go out to chase tornadoes because one sucked away Santa’s Little Helper. (NOTE: Writing sentences like that is just one of the countless reasons I love blogging about the Simpsons.) When it seems like the storm has abated and all is well, a building suddenly drops on Homer and Marge trapping them inside… the National Bank of Springfield and this time it’s tan-colored.
So there’s your origins. We definitely got the Fruitbat Man version. It’s either been painted several times or Springfield has a few branches. Have you earned this prize yet? Like it? Wish more heroes from these episodes made it in to the event? I sincerely hope at least Fruitbat Man comes back. That’s it for this post. Sound off below and stay classy.
TTFN… Wookiee out!