The Simpsons' Comic Book Guy
Boasting a portly figure and a relentlessly critical eye, Comic Book Guy is one of Springfield's favorite sons. As the owner of the Android's Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop, the ponytailed collector extraordinaire first appeared on The Simpsons
back in 1991, tempting Bart and Millhouse with a copy of "Radioactive Man #1." For the occasion of the Fox series' 18th season premiere (airing Sunday at 8 pm/ET), TVGuide.com spoke with Comic Book Guy, if only because we lied to him that we were from Fangoria
. For that fib, we say, "maH 'oH QoS," which is Klingon for, "We are sorry."
TVGuide.com: Over the summer, audiences got to see two highly anticipated comic-book films in X-Men: The Last Stand and Superman Returns. Which did you prefer?
Comic Book Guy: I prefer the X-Men — I've often been mistaken for "The Blob."
TVGuide.com: Numerous reviews of Superman Returns cited homoerotic undertones in the film. Did you get a sense of that?
Comic Book Guy: No, and neither did the eight guys I saw it with.
TVGuide.com: If Halle Berry's Storm battled Jessica Alba's Sue Storm, who would win?
Comic Book Guy: If they were battling for my love, neither.
TVGuide.com: Heath Ledger has signed on to play The Joker in the next Batman film. What are your thoughts on that casting choice?
Comic Book Guy: To me there is only one true Batman villain: King Tut. A true hero to all us full-figured fans.
TVGuide.com: Currently, Joss Whedon is working on a script for a Wonder Woman film. If you could give him one piece of advice, what would it be?
Comic Book Guy: Make sure Wonder Woman wears a Wonderbra. Oh, baby.
TVGuide.com: A few years ago, you had a torrid love affair with Principal Skinner's elderly mother, Agnes. Do you ever think back to your time together and wonder what could've been?
Comic Book Guy: It wasn't meant to be. But we did make the cover of "Fat and Feeble" magazine.
TVGuide.com: The Simpsons is now in its 18th season. How do you account for the show's longevity?
Comic Book Guy: It beats me, since every week they air the Worst. Episode. Ever.
TVGuide.com: You've always been referred to simply as Comic Book Guy. Does that moniker ever feel limiting?
Comic Book Guy: It lets people know what I am and what I collect. It is sufficient.
TVGuide.com: Do you have interests outside fantasy-related subjects?
Comic Book Guy: Yes, I also enjoy Sudoku and nachos.
For the scoop on more of your favorite returning shows, watch for the Sept. 18 issue of TV Guide.
Send in your comments on this Q&A to email@example.com.