Owned and run by local resident Jeffrey Albertson, more commonly known as Comic Book Guy, The Android's Dungeon is Springfield's premiere location to purchase comic books and baseball cards. The store's motto is "Take me to your baseball cards and comics," spoken by a cardboard cutout of a robot on display in the store's window.
The store is a typical comic book store and features several shelves full of new comic book titles such as Manboy, Radiation Dude, Batboy, Mr. Hop, Batchick, Mr. Smarty-Pants!, Birdguy, Nick, Cat Girl, Power Person, Dog Kid, Iguana Girl, Snake Kid, Lava Lady, Star Dog, The Human Bee, Mister Amazing and Tree Man. There also a number of more unique collectables in stock such as a Mary Worth phone (traded to Bart for an Itchy & Scratchy animation cel), a McDonalds Hamburgler kiddie coloring book (sold to Milhouse in exchange for bathroom rights), a rare photo of Sean Connery signed by Roger Moore, Bleeding Gums Murphy's Sax on the Beach album (sold to Bart as a present for his sister Lisa), the ultimate pog with a picture of Steve Allen on it, a child's soul (sold to Milhouse), and a rare Spider-man #1 (purchased and eaten by Homer Simpson as part of a prank monkey gig assigned to him by Mr. Burns).
In the episode Husbands and Knives, The Android's Dungeon went out of business when a newer, bigger, more friendlier comic book store opened up across the street called Coolsville, which later turned into a female gym called Shapes, but it's unclear how Marge sold the gym back to Albertson, because in future episodes after Husbands and Knives, it showed The Android's Dungeon in business again. But it later turned out to be all in Homer's dream and the store was never turned into a gym or renamed Shapes and so all of these events of Android's Dungeon going out of business never really happened and Albertson kept the business going afterwards.
Some comic books, however, do not sell. Unsold comics typically wind up in the trash in the alley behind the shop. Albertson often has trouble with nerds picking through his trash, such as the time he threw away a stack of She-Hulk vs. Leon Spinks comics ("Worst crossover ever," CBG said at the time). Some customers are so troublesome that they are banned from the store. Banned customers include Bart Simpson, Milhouse van Houten, Sideshow Bob, Nelson Muntz and Matt Groening.
When Albertson had a heart attack, Bart and Milhouse took over running the shop for a brief time and nearly drove it into the ground. Milhouse purchased 2000 copies of a comic entitled Biclops, published by Lenscrafters, about a bespectacled superhero, and the comic sold very poorly. They also held midnight screenings of Albertson's secret bootleg video archive. Memorable portions of the screening include footage of local newsman Kent Brockman picking his nose and a nuclear disaster strategy film from the Cold War. In contrast to the Biclops comics, the screenings proved to be very popular. Ironically, however, it was not Biclops but the video screenings that resulted in the store nearly being closed, when the Springfield Police got wind of the screenings and raided the store. The Android's Dungeon then became an evidence scene, rather than a place of business, when the police discovered the illegal video stash.
Despite the shabby way that Albertson treats his customers, people always seem to come back to the store. Stan Lee, creator of Marvel Comics, once visited the store and annoyed Albertson to no end, possibly teaching him a lesson about how far he can push someone. However, knowing how his mind works, most likely not.
Rare items from the case of extreme value
- A very rare issue of Radioactive Man entitled Radioactive Man#45: Fallout with Fallout.
- A drawing of the original Itchy by Chester Lampwick.
- A very rare picture of Sean Connery signed by Roger Moore.
- A Steve Allen (the inventor of the Pog) Pog.
- Sax on the Beach by Bleeding Gums Murphy.
- Radioactive Man #1.
- Nick comics
- Fanboy comics
- Stardog comics
- Radioactive Man comics
- Iguana Girl comics
- Malibu Stacy comics
- Happy Little Elves comics
- E-Z Bake Oven comics
- Barr Simpson comics
Behind the Laughter
- In the DVD commentary for "Three Men and a Comic Book," the origin of the store's name is revealed. The show's creators chose the cheesiest name they could think of for a comic book store, and then the name stuck.
- In the episode "Husbands and Knives", Jeffery Albertson closed the store down and Marge bought and rebranded it as "Shapes" a gym for women. However, The Android's Dungeon returned soon after that episode. But it all turned out to be Homer's dream in the end and the store was never closed down or rebranded into a gym.