Three Men and a Comic Book
I will not show off (written in fancy writing)
Couch gag: The couch falls backwards
Director: Wes M. Archer
Daniel Stern as narrator/older Bart (in the vein of The Wonder Years)
Cloris Leachman as Mrs Glick
First appearance of:
Comic Book Guy
Synopsis: Bart is saving up to buy issue #1 of his favourite comic book, Radioactive Man. He does odd jobs, saves pennies but doesn’t have enough. Martin is also trying to buy the comic but doesn’t have enough, and Milhouse has the exact amount of the remainder, so the three boys buy the comic book together.
Discussion: I’ve never really liked this episode, to be honest. It really sucks that the comic book was destroyed in the end. I know, I know, there’s a moral to the story and so on and so forth, but it feels like a wasted episode. It built up to a climax but didn’t really deliver. Bart’s meltdown was pretty good and maybe that could have been expanded so that he was the sole cause of the failure of the arrangement, not some random storm. The same scenario is echoed in an episode of The Big Bang Theory, where Sheldon, Howard, Raj and Leonard fight over an authentic ring from Lord of the Rings (I didn’t love that episode either).
The Wikipedia entry for this episode tells me this ep was the first to beat The Cosby Show in the ratings. Regular readers will note that The Simpsons was the antithesis to The Cosby Show, attempting to appeal to a wider and different audience. (If you’ve missed the story, check out my first blog post which gives a background).