The Simpsons

Three Men and a Comic Book

Season 2, Ep 21, Aired 5/9/91
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  • Episode Description
  • When Bart catches a glimpse of the original issue of Radioactive Man for sale at a comic book convention, he sets out to own the vintage comic book by any means necessary.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jeff Martin

  • Wesley Archer

  • Al Jean

  • Mike Reiss

  • Jay Kogen

  • Fan Reviews (19)
  • Classic

    By jmbsonic555, Oct 17, 2011

  • this was a good ep i thought

    By cube2k8, May 14, 2010

  • classic feel

    By futuramarama, Apr 06, 2010

  • One of my favorite episodes

    By dragondude4, Nov 09, 2009

  • I feel Bart's pain because I know how frustrating it is on collecting things... Laugh out loud, and hilarious episode in every way, shape, and form

    By Iverson82094, Jan 28, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • (Bart, Milhouse, and Martin discuss their ownership of the comic) Martin: How about this, guys? Bart can have it Mondays and Thursdays, Milhouse will get it Tuesdays and Fridays, and yours truly will take it Wednesdays and Saturdays. Bart: Perfect! Milhouse: Wait a minute! What about Sundays? Bart: (suspiciously) Yeah, what about Sundays? Martin: Well, Sunday possession will be determined by a random number generator. I will take the digits 1 through 3, Milhouse will have 4 through 6, and Bart will have 7 through 9. Bart: Perfect! Milhouse: Wait a minute! What about 0? Bart: (suspiciously) Yeah, what about 0? Milhouse: Yeah! Martin: Well, in the unlikely event of a 0, possession will be determined by rock scissors paper competition, best 3 out of 5, how's that? (Bart and Milhouse agree.)

    • Milhouse: (after he sniffed the comic book) It smells like my Grandpa.

    • Bart: We worked so hard and now it’s all gone. We ended up with nothing because the three of us can't share. Milhouse: What's your point? Bart: Nothing, just kinda ticks me off.

    • Marge: So maybe a part-time job is the answer. Bart: Aw, Mom, I couldn't ask you to do that. You're already taking care of Maggie, and Lisa is such a handful-- Lisa: She means you should get a job, stupid.

    • Homer: A hundred bucks?! For a comic book! Who drew it, Micha-ma-langelo?

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    Notes (3)

    • This episode marked the first time that The Simpsons pulled in more total viewers than its major competition, The Cosby Show. In fact, the repeat on April 30, 1992 had an extra scene added about the end of the rival program. In the scene, Bart says, "If I ever had a hit show, I'd run it into the ground." to which Homer replies, "That's my boy!"

    • First Appearance: Comic Book Guy, Android's Dungeon Comic Book Store, Mrs. Glick, Radioactive Man, Fallout Boy.

    • Blackboard Joke: (In fancy English script.) I will not show off. Couch Gag: The family sits on the couch and it tips over backwards. Maggie peers over the top.

    Trivia (9)

    • Radioactive Man's mutation has given him five fingers on his right hand. All other Simpsons characters have only four.

    • This episode marks the first time that Bart says his full name, "Bartholomew J. Simpson".

    • Bart exchanges coins from Bolivia for three cents.

    • Goof: In the Radioactive Man #1 comic, after the nuclear blast, Radioactive Man has 5 fingers instead of 4.

    • The posters in young Patty and Selma's room say "Beach Blanket Beethoven" and "Private Surfboarder".

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    Allusions (10)

    • Close Encounters Of The Third Kind The comic book convention sign said "Close Encounter Of The Comic Book Kind Convention". This is a parody of the 1977 movie title Close Encounters Of The Third Kind.

    • Jack Kirby The man at the comic book convention known as Jolly Jack Tate is a parody of comic book legend Jack Kirby, who always used to be referred to as "Jolly Jack."

    • Batman Bart grabbing the man that collects admission money by the collar and telling him "I'm, Bartman," parodies a similar scene in the 1989 film Batman. In addition, Fallout Boy, Radioactive Man's boy sidekick, is a reference to Batman's boy sidekick Robin.

    • Gone With The Wind Bart's silhouetted agony, when the iodine is applied, is taken directly from the 1939 film Gone With The Wind.

    • Martin Prince: This is the stuff dreams are made of. This line is a reference to a similar line spoken by Humphrey Bogart in the 1941 film The Maltese Falcon.

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