<EM>The Simpsons</EM>' Comic Book Guy 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.

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