Comic Book Men, "Commercial": what's inside the box

Quick Take: Comic Book Men, “Commercial”
Like inviting Superman to a Kryptonite ball.

CBM,

Review: Comic Book Men, “Commercial”
(S0103) In a parallel universe, I was born 25 years earlier, never left home, and bought a comic book store. Barring the discovery of such a sci-fi spectacle, I’ll settle for the closest thing we have to an alternate world: New Jersey.

Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men continues to fulfil that niche demographic of proud geeks and nerds looking for their fix of rare comics and collectibles, but this week’s shambles on the side didn’t really hit their mark. In order to pull in some more business, Walt wants to increase the Stash’s local exposure with a television spot. Their “commercial” venture is intentionally cheap and cheesy, but just feels redundant by the time they show off their final product.

The show’s saving grace this week is what could have ultimately been the store’s saving grace for a lifetime, but the clerks are just too kind-hearted for their own good. In between anthologies of Marvel and DC comics and giant Tupperware bins of odd assortments, the Comic Book Men come across a box full of real rarities – what they estimate to contain more than three-quarters of a million dollars’ worth of Golden Age comics.

I’ll skip the history lesson and hope that you can appreciate the significance behind a superhero’s first documented appearance. Not only are there less than a thousand of such issues still in existence, it’s rarer yet to come across one of those first editions featuring Wonder Woman or Robin, for example, still in mint-condition. Walt appropriately gives these treasures the white-glove treatment, but they’re well beyond the store’s price range.

Even though I wasn’t a fan of their putting together a commercial for the Stash, Walt, Bryan, Mike, and Ming are definitely the best entourage for Kevin’s podcasts, and certainly make the transactions more interesting with their cavalier comments. With only three episodes left, I’m reassured by this week’s top-tier trove that there will be some good finds for the store coming up, and hopefully some more interesting intermediaries.

By Mark D Curran

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Mark is a freelance writer, student of English and Philosophy, and still has too much time on his hands. If you have any of your own, check out the blog and follow him on Twitter!

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