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"The Simpsons" Three Men and a Comic Book (TV Episode 1991) Poster

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The band Fall Out Boy took their name from the comic book character.
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First appearance of Comic Book Guy, Mrs. Glick, Radioactive Man, Fallout Boy, and Bartman.
Mrs. Glick was based on an old lady Jeff Martin and his brother used to do chores for when they were kids. Martin said they got to "pull weeds until [their] hands would bleed", and yet they were only paid two quarters for several hours of work.
Hint to Springfield being located in either Michigan or California: When Bart recycles an empty cola bottle at the Kwik-E-Mart, he says "I need the dime". Michigan and California are the only states that have a 10 cent bottle deposit.
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When Bart begs Mrs. Glick not to apply iodine to his wounded arm, she grabs his arm and the scene shifts to their silhouettes as Bart screams, mirroring a scene in Gone with the Wind (1939).
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One of the guest voices in this episode is Daniel Stern, whose brother David M. Stern is a regular writer and director on the show.
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Daniel Stern also featured with Yeardley Smith in City Slickers (1991) around the time this episode was produced
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According to Mike Reiss, Daniel Stern was a "pleasure" to work with and it only took him a few minutes to record his lines.
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The Radioactive Man black and white serial was sponsored by Laramie Tobacco, to which Fallout Boy is told he is too young to smoke Laramies. Moments after the sketch ends, Buddy Hodges, the actor who played Fallout Boy is seen holding a cigarette.
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Patty and Selma had higher and more feminine voices before they took up smoking.
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The rumpus room is shown for the first time, as well as The Android's Dungeon.
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The license plate on the pink car reads "SIMP."
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The scene where Milhouse's sleeve is ripping is a reference to Saboteur (1942).
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When Martin makes a squealing noise while falling in the treehouse, Bart calls him "Piggy" and threatens to stuff an apple into his mouth, resembling a similar quote from "The Lord of the Flies".
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The accusation and suspicion that grows between the boys is similar to The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948).
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When a rerun of this episode aired in 1992, a brief tribute to The Cosby Show (1984) aired following the end credits. That series ended on April 30, 1992, and the tribute featured Bart and Homer discussing the quality of the show, and its importance to Bill Cosby.
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The warning from the convention MC not to ask questions about the death of Radioactive Man's actor Dirk Richter is a reference to the mysterious death of Superman's actor George Reeves, although the addition of bordello could also be a reference to the unsolved 1978 murder of Bob Crane.
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Radioactive Man's origin is nearly identical to the Marvel Comics character The Incredible Hulk, as they both gained their superpowers from absorbing massive amounts of radiation during an experimental detonation of a gamma bomb.
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The third act originally had Bart rally a union of kids who were sick of doing chores for minimum pay, but the writers thought this detracted from the original story
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