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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:

Képregényhős See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the scene where they are rattling off the names of comic books, "Marvel Mystery #1" is used. There is no Marvel Mystery Comics #1. It is actually "Marvel Comics #1". With issue number 2 the title changed to Marvel Mystery Comics. See more »


Archie: After all that had happened, life and the living of it seemed too fleeting to waste in one place or on arguing whether Superman was stronger than the Hulk.
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References Mallrats (1995) See more »

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Brilliant Film making
7 May 2003 | by alrodbelSee all my reviews

Comic Book Villains

The semi-sociopath who reigns over the other similar souls in his comic book emporium has been worked enough to be a cliché. There is even such a chubby unkempt looser lovingly portrayed as part of the Simpsons repertoire. Other than displaying a life that many of us can look at condescendingly, can this be a lead character for a movie?

Opening in a vein of light hearted reminiscence of small town Americana, the drama builds with the discovery of the death of a "collector." This man had lived with his mom his entire fifty some years with only one love, collecting comics. Our Simpsonesque character is now in a contest with another store owner to see who can finagle the mother of the deceased into selling this bonanza.

A standard criticism of many films is that the characters devolve into cartoon figures. This film does quite the opposite. It starts with clichés and whimsy and slowly peels away this facade to expose a throbbing violent human conflict. When goaded by their true passion, love of comics and the wealth to transcend their limited horizons, greed rears it's transforming head. What is more amazing, the fim still manages to keep a sense of wit, but now with a mordant ironic tinge that is intrinsic to the human condition when raw passion transcends reason.

This is inspired filmmaking. Not a scene, not a line, not an expression was included that did not ring true. This movie was not well received by the voters of my internet site, so what you have just read it a minority report.

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