They have no superpowers, but they are heroic: They are the store employees across America who sell comics and, like the guys in "High Fidelity," bicker with one another all day long about the true treasures of the discount bin. They are the Comic Book Store Clerks of America, and we salute them.
If you're looking for that rare back issue of "Destroyer Duck" or "Black Goliath," check in with 33-year-old Shawn Schinault. He's the good egg who keeps things organized at Bad Apple Comics (8110 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809; 859-3422). We pulled him away from the bins to answer a few questions.
Who is your favorite "X-Men" mutant?
I'd say Havok. He's a well-written, well-rounded character. He's got a good back story, a good forward story and a good, tragic on-again, off-again girlfriend.
What after-school cartoon needs to be made into a live-action movie?
"Thundercats," because you've got sci-fi, you've got fantasy. You got all that rolled into one. You can even get gritty with it.
On the flipside, what live-action show on prime-time should be made into an animated show?
"Heroes." You've got to do something to save that show. It picks up this last season; it was better than last. They've got decent plot threads, they've just got to get them to gel. I didn’t love the finale, but they gave it a better direction than it has had the last two seasons. It's too much like X-Men.
Who is the best villain in Gotham City?
The Joker, because he’s just pure chaos. There is no reason with him. Batman is a detective so he takes logic and breaks it down. The guy's got no logic, no reason. Batman can't break him down.
The Spider-Mobile. I just want to drive the Spider-Mobile. It goes up walls.
— Michelle Castillo
Photo: Shawn Schinault Courtesy of: Shawn Schinault