| The Android's Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop
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The Android's Dungeon and Baseball Card Shop is a comic book shop in Springfield run by Comic Book Guy.
Profile and history
Owned and run by local resident Comic Book Guy, The Android's Dungeon is Springfield's premiere location to purchase comic books and baseball cards. The store's motto is "Take me to your baseball cards and comics," spoken by a cardboard cutout of a robot on display in the store's window.
The store is a typical comic book store and features several shelves full of new comic book titles such as Manboy, Radiation Dude, Batboy, Mr. Hop, Batchick, Mr. Smarty Pants, Birdguy, Nick, Cat Girl, Power Person, Dog Kid, Iguana Girl, Snake Kid, Lava Lady, Star Dog, The Human Bee, Mister Amazing, Wonder Lady and Tree Man. There also a number of more unique collectables in stock such as a Mary Worth phone (traded to Bart for an Itchy & Scratchy animation cel), a McDonalds Hamburgler kiddie coloring book (sold to Milhouse in exchange for bathroom rights), a rare photo of Sean Connery signed by Roger Moore, Bleeding Gums Murphy's Sax on the Beach album (sold to Bart as a present for his sister Lisa), the ultimate pog with a picture of Steve Allen on it, a child's soul (sold to Milhouse), and a rare Spider-Man #1 (purchased and eaten by Homer Simpson).
Some comic books, however, do not sell. Unsold comics typically wind up in the trash in the alley behind the shop. Comic Book Guy often has trouble with nerds picking through his trash, such as the time he threw away a stack of She-Hulk vs. Leon Spinks comics ("Worst crossover ever," CBG said at the time). Some customers are so troublesome that they are banned from the store. Banned customers include Bart Simpson, Milhouse van Houten, Nelson Muntz, Sideshow Bob, and Matt Groening.
When Poochie was introduced to The Itchy & Scratchy Show, the store had a lot of Poochie merchandise brought in; however, due to Poochie unpopularity, none of it sold and was still there by the time Bart and Milhouse took over the store.
When Comic Book Guy had a heart attack, Bart and Milhouse took over running the shop for a brief time and nearly drove it into the ground. Milhouse purchased 2000 copies of a comic entitled Biclops, published by LensCrafters, about a bespectacled superhero, and the comic sold very poorly. They also held midnight screenings of Comic Book Guy's secret bootleg video archive, which the two discovered on accident. Memorable portions of the screening include footage of local newsman Kent Brockman picking his nose and a nuclear disaster strategy film from the Cold War. In contrast to the Biclops comics, the screenings proved to be very popular. Ironically, however, it was not Biclops but the video screenings that resulted in the store nearly being closed, when the Springfield Police got wind of the screenings and raided the store. The Android's Dungeon then became an evidence scene, rather than a place of business, when the police discovered the illegal video stash.
Despite the shabby way that Comic Book Guy treats his customers, people always seem to come back to the store. Stan Lee, creator of Marvel Comics, once visited the store and annoyed Comic Book Guy to no end, possibly teaching him a lesson about how far he can push someone. However, knowing how his mind works, most likely not.
The store was once rivaled by a hip, new store called Coolsville Comics & Toys, which lead to the Android Dungeon's custom being transferred to Coolsville, because of several reasons. Compared to The Android's Dungeon, Coolsville was larger and carried a wider variety of comics and other memorabilia. However, the biggest difference between the stores (and the biggest reason for Coolsville's instant popularity) was the contrasting attitudes of the owners. Where Comic Book Guy treated his customers (kids in particular) with indifference and contempt, Milo, the owner of Coolsville, treated the kids with respect and was genuinely interested in their opinions about comic books. Due to lack of custom, Comic Book Guy was forced to close the Android's Dungeon and was later transformed into a women's gym called Shapes, by Marge Simpson. It later opened again.
Rare items and other comics
The store contains some rare items from the case of extreme value, including:
The store's inventory of comics is mostly aimed at the boy group, but the Android's Dungeon does contain some few dedicated to the girl group, including:
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The Simpsons: Hit & Run
In The Simpsons: Hit & Run, the player can visit the Android's Dungeon in levels 3 and 6. In the first mission of the third level, Comic Book Guy needs the player to help him get the next issue of the Itchy and Scratchy Adventures comic. The player can also purchase Character Clothing at the shop. Once all collector cards are obtained, the player can buy rare tickets to game-exclusive Itchy & Scratchy short 500-Yard Gash which is showing in the Aztec Theater.
The Simpsons: Tapped Out
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Behind the Laughter
In the DVD commentary for "Three Men and a Comic Book", the origin of the store's name is revealed. The show's creators chose the cheesiest name they could think of for a comic book store, and then the name stuck.
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