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Comic Book Villains (2002)

Told from the point of view from Archie, a comic book collector, this is the story of a rivalry between two comic book shop owners. One does it for the love of comics, while the other shop,... See full summary »


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James Robinson (as James Dale Robinson)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donal Logue ... Raymond McGillicudy
Cary Elwes ... Carter
Michael Rapaport ... Norman Link
Natasha Lyonne ... Judy
DJ Qualls ... Archie
Eileen Brennan ... Mrs. Cresswell
Monet Mazur ... Kiki
Danny Masterson ... Conan
James Duval ... Baz
Marshall Bell ... Gun Store Order
Chris Weber ... Tony
Denny Kirkwood Denny Kirkwood ... Dino
Irene Montalà ... Woman in Barcelona
Donal Lardner Ward ... Normal Customer (as Donnal Ward)
Ric Borelli Ric Borelli ... Slob


Told from the point of view from Archie, a comic book collector, this is the story of a rivalry between two comic book shop owners. One does it for the love of comics, while the other shop, run by a husband-and-wife team are in it strictly for the money. The situation brews to a head when a sneak collector, Conan discovers a large collection of perfectly-preserved classic comics, leading the two shops to vie to acquire them, along with a "villain" who hopes to steal them first. Written by Ryan McIntosh

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Obsession. Betrayal. Revenge. And other funny business.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence, some sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »






Release Date:

3 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Comic Book Villains See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Near the end of the film, when Carter is driving away in his truck, and Raymond is fighting him for the steering wheel, the gearshift is in the Park position. See more »


[The cops arrive]
Raymond: My ride's here.
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References X-Men (2000) See more »

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Good, but only to comic book fans
5 March 2006 | by boyinflaresSee all my reviews

As a comic book reader and fan, I had been meaning to see this film for sometime. I wouldn't have minded waiting a bit longer, because, to be brutally honest, it is rather boring. The basic premise is two rival comic store owners fighting to purchase a large and valuable collection from an elderly woman whose son has just died. While the two comic stores are rivals, they are both in the business for entirely different reasons - one is an actual fan, one is only in it for the money. This highlights two sides to actual comic collecting as well.

The cast are an odd mix, but like any good comic book, that is expected. Not that this is a comic, but it seems to play out as one. Donal Logue plays Raymond, the unpleasant know-it-all owner of one store, he is a genuine fan of comics (I suppose you could compare him to Comic Book Guy from "the Simpsons"). Michael Rappaport is terrific as the money-hungry Norman, owner of the second store. Natasha Lyonne is fantastic (isn't she always) in his bitchy wife, Judy. DJ Qualls impresses me for the first time ever as fan-boy (and narrator) Archie, and apart from Rappaport and Lyonne, is probably the best actor in this film. I'm in no way saying that the others are bad actors, just this film isn't their best. Cary Elwes seems a bit out of place as Carter, and the lovely Monet Mazur is very underused as his girlfriend Kiki (but then again, aren't most girlfriends in comics?) Danny Masterton is as annoying as ever as Conan, while Eileen Brennan adds a touch of class to the film.

Overall, I was expecting more. There aren't that many films around which focus on comics so "Comic Book Villains" does a good enough job. THe cast are great over all, and there are bits of comic trivia scattered throughout the film, and its fun trying to pick up all the names of characters and events from various comic book series. But at times, the film can be a bit boring. For fans of comics, I suggest you watch it, but for others, view with caution.

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