Comic Book Men
Developed byKevin Smith
StarringKevin Smith
Walt Flanagan
Bryan Johnson
Mike Zapcic
Ming Chen
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes96 (List of episodes)
Executive producersKevin Smith
Elyse Seiden
Charlie Corwin
Brian Nashel
Camera setupmulti-camera
Running time60 minutes (season 1)
30 minutes (season 2–7)
Production companiesSModcast Pictures
AMC Studios
Original release
ReleaseFebruary 12, 2012 (2012-02-12) –
April 8, 2018 (2018-04-08)

Comic Book Men is an American reality television series which aired on the AMC network from 2012 to 2018. It is set at Kevin Smith's comic book shop, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, in Red Bank, New Jersey.

Production history

Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash on July 9, 2012, Day 1 of filming for Season 2. Tinted Plexiglas panels have been fitted over the door and windows to block out sunlight during filming. The chair is provided for the buyers and sellers waiting to be filmed for segments.

Filmmaker Kevin Smith was drawn to television through his love of podcasting, through which he says he realized his true calling: telling stories with words rather than pictures.[1] His website,, features a number of podcasts, including I Sell Comics!, hosted by Mike Zapcic and Ming Chen,[2] and Tell 'Em Steve-Dave!, co-hosted by Walt Flanagan and Bryan Johnson.[3] The latter was the inspiration for Comic Book Men.[1] Brian Quinn, the third co-host of Tell 'Em Steve-Dave!, was unable to be featured in the series due to the conditions of his contract for the TruTV series Impractical Jokers.[4] reported in July 2011 that AMC was interested in the TV show that was being developed by Smith, which was set at Smith's store, and described as "Pawn Stars for geeks". The series would be part of AMC network's active entry into reality television.[5] AMC decided to pick up the show to follow The Walking Dead. The working title was Secret Stash,[6] before it was finalized as Comic Book Men.

The first season ran for six one-hour episodes,[7] the premiere of which aired on February 12, 2012, following the return of The Walking Dead's second season.[8][9][10]

On May 9, AMC announced that Comic Book Men was renewed for a second season of 16 half-hour episodes.[11] Season 2 premiered October 14, 2012, initially following the third season of The Walking Dead with its first 8 episodes; the second 8 episodes spearheaded AMC's new "Real Original Thursdays" lineup along with two new series, Freakshow and Immortalized.[12] On its new night, it initially aired at 9:00 PM EST (with repeats at 10:30PM and 12:00 Midnight EST), but after a month was moved to 10:00PM EST with a repeat episode airing at 10:30 PM (and repeats of both episodes at 1:00AM and 1:30AM EST, respectively)[11][12]

AMC commissioned a third season in April 2013.[13] Season 3 premiered October 13, 2013, following the third season of Talking Dead.[14]

A fourth season was commissioned in March 2014.[15] It was also announced that guest cast member Robert Bruce would be the focus of a companion series that will follow him as he searches for collectibles at sales, auctions and flea markets across the country.[15] AMC announced in October 2014 they were cancelling all unscripted shows except for Comic Book Men and Talking Dead and, as a result, Bruce's show did not progress past the pilot stage.[16]

Season five was confirmed on June 7, 2015, premiered on October 18, 2015, and ran through 2016.[17]

In May 2016, Smith confirmed that the series was renewed for a sixth season.[18]  It began on October 23, 2016.

A seventh season was confirmed in May 2017 by Kevin Smith.[19]

On June 24, 2018, Kevin Smith confirmed the show was cancelled.[20]


The cast of the series at the 2012 New York Comic Con


Main article: List of Comic Book Men episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
16February 12, 2012 (2012-02-12)March 18, 2012 (2012-03-18)
216October 14, 2012 (2012-10-14)April 4, 2013 (2013-04-04)
316October 13, 2013 (2013-10-13)March 30, 2014 (2014-03-30)
416October 12, 2014 (2014-10-12)March 22, 2015 (2015-03-22)
513October 18, 2015 (2015-10-18)April 4, 2016 (2016-04-04)
616October 23, 2016 (2016-10-23)April 23, 2017 (2017-04-23)
713October 22, 2017 (2017-10-22)April 8, 2018 (2018-04-08)

Companion podcast

Comic Book Men is a companion television show to Award Winning podcast, titled Tell 'em Steve Dave and the lesser known I Sell Comics, which is hosted on the SModcast network. During the first season of I Sell Comics, some podcast episodes were pre-recorded during the filming of the show, while others were recorded live on the SModco Internet Radio station (S.I.R.) directly following the first airing of an episode, allowing the audience to participate by calling in to the show. For the show's second season, the episodes were all recorded in the Secret Stash and hosted by Ming Chen, occasionally joined by some of the others from the show including Walt, Bryan, Mike, and frequent series contributor (and "pop culturalist") Rob Bruce.[25][26]


As of December 2012, Metacritic scores the first season 55 out of 100 based on 7 professional TV critics.[27] Ellen Gray of The Philadelphia Inquirer remarked, "Comic Book Men may not be as complicated as Rubicon, but it's smarter than it looks at first."[28] Mike Hale of The New York Times opined that the series is an authentic portrayal of post-collegiate American life, and concluded, "It’s diverting, a little sad, a little boring, full of geeky macho posturing and ultimately pointless, much like a Wednesday afternoon in a comic-book shop."[29] David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle called the show an "amusing geekfest".[30]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Cast members: Kevin Smith. AMC. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  2. ^ I Sell Comics! Archived 2012-07-31 at the Wayback Machine SModcast. August 12, 2012.
  3. ^ Tell 'Em Steve-Dave! Archived 2012-08-04 at the Wayback Machine SModcast. August 12, 2012.
  4. ^ "SMecret Origins #2 – Brian Quinn of Tell 'Em Steve-Dave, & Impractical Jokers.". Comic Book Men. February 27, 2012.
  5. ^ Venutolo, Anthony (July 7, 2011). "Kevin Smith reality show may land at AMC".
  6. ^ Smith, Kevin. "Draper. Meth. Zombies. Tell ‘Em, Steve-Dave. YAY, AMC!" Silent Bob Speaks. September 1, 2011.
  7. ^ Seidman, Robert (January 14, 2012). "AMC's New Unscripted Series, 'Comic Book Men' Debuts February 12 at 10pm". TV by the Numbers.
  8. ^ Morabito, Andrea (September 1, 2011). "AMC Greenlights Two Unscripted Series". Multichannel News.
  9. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (February 3, 2012). "Cameras Invade a Paradise for Fanboys". The New York Times.
  10. ^ White, Tom (January 5, 2012). "Kevin Smith Reality Show Comic Book Men Coming to AMC" Archived 2012-03-12 at the Wayback Machine. WhatCulture!
  11. ^ a b Neuman, Clayton (May 9, 2012). "AMC Renews Comic Book Men and Talking Dead" Archived May 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. AMC. Retrieved June 9, 2012.
  12. ^ a b Abbey, Cory (July 13, 2012). "The Walking Dead Premieres Oct. 14; Talking Dead and Comic Book Men to Follow" Archived 2012-08-17 at the Wayback Machine. AMC. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  13. ^ Surette, Tim (April 17, 2013). "AMC Renews Comic Book Men and Freakshow, Sets a Premiere Date for Low Winter Sun, Plus Other Non-Breaking Bad News". Retrieved April 17, 2013.
  14. ^ Comic Book Men Season 3 To Premiere After The Walking Dead On October 13
  15. ^ a b O'Connell, Michael. "AMC Developing Late-Night Series With Kevin Smith, 'Comic Book Men' Renewed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  16. ^ AMC Abandons Unscripted Fare, Cancels Most Current Reality
  17. ^ Kevin Smith's Comic Book Men Season 5 To Premiere On October 18
  18. ^ Davis, Brandon (May 11, 2016). "Kevin Smith's Comic Book Men Renewed For Sixth Season". Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  19. ^ thatkevinsmithI'm ecstatic to announce @amc_tv just renewed #ComicBookMen for SEASON 7!
  20. ^ Baxter, Joseph (June 25, 2018). "Comic Book Men Cancelled by AMC, Confirms Kevin Smith". Den of Geek!
  21. ^ "Cast members: Walt Flanagan". AMC. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  22. ^ "Cast members: Bryan Johnson". AMC. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  23. ^ "Cast members: Mike Zapcic". AMC. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  24. ^ "Cast members: Ming Chen". AMC. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  25. ^ SModcast Archived 2012-02-17 at the Wayback Machine March 25, 2012.
  26. ^
  27. ^ "Comic Book Men: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-12-04.
  28. ^ Gray, Ellen (February 10, 2012). "Ellen Gray: Zombies then comic books? A winning 1-2 punch on AMC". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  29. ^ Hale, Mike (February 11, 2012). "The Fanboys Behind the Counter". The New York Times.
  30. ^ Wiegand, David (February 12, 2012). "'Comic Book Men' review: Amusing geekfest". San Francisco Chronicle.