I’ll start this off by apologizing for the lateness of this post. This is the first time I’ll be an entire day late with this weekly post so I guess DT and Van were right in not thinking I’d be able to keep up the schedule. Anyways, here’s this week’s version – and its a bit unorthodox. Normally I take the time to let everyone in on some of the lesser known facts about comic book characters. These would be characters like Ironman, Daredevil, The Green Lantern, ect – but this week I’m going a bit off the grid and profiling a different kind of superhero. The kind you’ll see on The Simpsons dressed in a tank top and a red cape. This week’s version of Get To Know Your Superhero is about Duffman!
Duffman is a fictional character from The Simpsons created by Matt Groening.
He is voiced by Hank Azaria.
Duffman’s first appearance in The Simpsons was the season premier of season 9 where Homer visits New York City. The episode is appropriately called “The City of New York vs Homer Simpson.”
He is the official mascot of Duff Beer.
Duffman is a character mascot for Duff, but the man behind the sunglasses has been played by men named Barry, Larry, Joel and Sid.
The mystery surrounding Duffman is how he is able to stay so fit, while drinking so much beer – the mystery is revealed as most of the people playing Duffman have died and the mascot is simply recast. Duffman himself explains this with the line, “Duffman can never die… Only the actors who play Duffman.”
Duffman was created to spread the awareness of Duff Beer – he does this by travelling around in a Duff Beer Winnebago and attaching beer cans to his utility belt.
He always refers to himself in the third person.
It has been rumored (but never confirmed) that Duffman is in fact bisexual.
Duffman was created for The Simpsons to mock a brief Budweiser campaign that featured a fictitious Bud Man.
His theme song is “Oh Yeah,” by Yello.
Duffman is also dyslexic.
So there you have it. Not a ton of info on Duffman, but interesting to say the least. To be honest, since arriving on The Simpsons scene a few years ago, Duffman’s popularity has risen quite high – at least high enough to the point where people have been dressing up as him for Halloween. I wouldn’t expect him to be a staple character for The Simpsons franchise, but I would give him equal value to characters like Comic Book Guy or Doctor Nick. So the next time you hear Yello’s infamous “Oh Yeah,” don’t think Ferris Bueller, think Duffman!