Updated on 16 October, 2021
Jeff Albertson, also known as Comic Book Guy, is an recurring fictional character in the popular animated television show The Simpsons. He is portrayed by Hank Azaria and has been shown regularly in several episodes throughout the show's second season, which originally began on Fox Network in September 1992. Comic Book Guy is the main comic book shop owner in Springfield, and is the show's resident book reader. Other characters include Homer Simpson, Apu Marcien, and Martin Prince. Comic Book Guy is portrayed as a friendly, but still arrogant character who frequently visits the book store owned by his brother, Apu.
The single worst episode of The Simpsons that depicted Comic Book Guy was "Don't Take Me Alive". The episode is set in Springfield after Christmas, when Homer is forced to relocate from Springfield to New York City following the death of his wife. As a result, he cannot bring his beloved pet Marge with him. To make matters worse, Apu arrives just weeks before Homer is due to give birth to his baby, Lisa. When Homer realizes that Apu has taken Lisa away, he locks up in his apartment, forcing Comic Book Guy to step in and help Homer get out.
Although most of the episode takes place in New York City, several scenes take place in Springfield. In the fourth episode, Bart burns the house of Comic Book Guy with a fire extinguisher, but he is saved by the Krusty the Clown. On another occasion, Comic Book Guy breaks into the Springfield museum where Professor Frink is teaching. He steals the skull of a prehistoric snake and drags inside the museum. In the previous episode, Apu was scared off by a snake and Comic Book Guy then hid in the bushes.
Comic Book Guy also teaches other people about the Simpsons and their various exploits in life. For example, in the first episode, Comic Book Guy tells a school science teacher that Homer Simpson once created the biggest tornado in history. He further states that Homer Simpson also buried his latest novel. However, Homer Simpson only revealed these things to a select few, which include Homer's family. Comic Book Guy then decides to expose the family and the rest of the town in order to stop Homer from burying his newest book. This causes mass confusion as nobody except for Homer and Comic Book Guy knows what really happened in Homer's past.
Comic Book Guy once again ends up at odds with Homer, this time over a misunderstanding regarding a missing book. This time, however, Homer is dead. Homer had purchased the comic book guy's book, The Homer Simpson Funeral Book, and when he went on a vacation unexpectedly, the book disappeared. Homer assumes that the book was either stolen or destroyed. In this episode, The Simpsons were featured in their own comic book, entitled Treehouse of horror.
This second episode, Treehouse of horror, was the most watched episode in the history of the show. During the episode, Comic Book Guy once again encounters Bart Simpson. Comic Book Guy accuses Bart of stealing the book, while Bart says he only wanted to give it to someone special, like a parent or a teacher.
After this episode, the writers of The Simpsons really began to put the characters of The Simpsons in their own episodes. This began to show the writers' ability to draw a parallel between the characters and the real life persons they were portraying. From this point, it seems as if the writers took an interest in making the characters of The Simpsons realize they are actually human beings with individual thoughts and feelings.
In the third season of The Simpsons, the writers managed to give even more attention to the individual characters of The Simpsons, especially after several awkward attempts at humor. Finally, the network finally began producing a complete series of Simpsons episodes, which involved Homer, Lisa, and Maggie Simpson. However, The Simpsons has proven that a comedy animated show can be more than just fun for kids. In fact, many adults enjoy The Simpsons just as much as any child.