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Almost Completely Out of Circulation 

When the creator of a popular comic book is killed, his grandson goes to A.J. and Rick claiming that he knows who killed his grandfather -it was the arch enemy of the hero of the comic. ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Cecilia Simon
Lt. Marcel 'Downtown' Brown
Molly Jessup
Nathaniel Banfield
Matt Raymond
Scott Banfield
Patrick Jessup
Dick Balduzzi ...
Curt Rapp
John Walter Davis ...
Gary Gumowitz
Cliff Carnell ...
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Angela May ...
Sherry Banfield


When the creator of a popular comic book is killed, his grandson goes to A.J. and Rick claiming that he knows who killed his grandfather -it was the arch enemy of the hero of the comic. They eventually learn that every character in the comic is inspired by a real person. So they have to figure out who was the inspiration for the villain. Written by

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22 November 1984 (USA)  »

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The comic book art used in Almost Completely Out Of Circulation was packaged by Marvel Productions and featured pencils by Will Meugniot with inks by Meugniot and Bruce Timm, coloring by Jo Meugniot and color separations by Murphy Anderson. See more »


When Rick and AJ look at the Condor comic that introduces the Janus character, AJ says that the character is not named in the book, and the collector says that he gets the name "Janus" later on. However, a look at the cover of the book as it is opened shows that it bears the text "Today, Janus Wins!" This contradicts their dialog. It is hard to believe that nobody, especially the collector who owns the book, wouldn't have noticed the cover. See more »


References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »

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The Condor and Janus
5 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting story about the death of a well-known comic book artist. The deceased man's young grandson and daughter hire the Simons to find his killer. When the culprit is finally revealed, it's a bit shocking. By that point, we've been introduced to several relatives who had a reason for the old man to die.

The story is very carefully plotted. We learn about the hero of the comic books, called the Condor, and his arch-enemy Janus. Whoever Janus is based on must be the killer, and I thought that was a clever way to set-up the murder mystery. One weakness, however, is that it is never explained why the artist was about to unmask Janus in his last book when he was brutally murdered. Nor is it explained how the killer knew the exact moment that frame was being created so he could be there to prevent it from being drawn. But we can probably overlook this.

There are many good moments in this episode. Early on Rick discovers A.J. threw out a box of valuable old comic books he had been storing at their mother's home. Rick tries to make A.J. feel guilty about it in some of the scenes which follow. Plus we see the brothers breaking into a lawyer's office by posing as window washers, then dangling from the platform when it nearly collapses. It almost seems like something out of a Charlie Chaplin movie. Finally, there's a climactic scene where the killer and his henchmen are fighting with the Simons along the ocean. It is nicely staged, especially when one of the villains falls off the side of a cliff.

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