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Season 4, Episode 2

Walt’s Treehouse

A returning customer stops by the store with a toy Walt always wanted but never had. An aspiring student brings in a book signed by comic greats.

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At the podcast, Walt tells Kevin, Bryan, Mike and Ming how he fantasizes about losing his memory so he can discover comic books all over again...

At the Stash, a young customer comes to the counter followed by a group of her friends dressed to go out on the town. She's looking for a complete set of Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. She says she's brand new to comics but when she read the Batman story, she was excited to learn more. Walt commends her choice, calling Frank Miller's tale, "Maybe the greatest Batman story ever told." Some of the girl's friends chuckle while she admires the first-print issue set. "We have some nonbelievers in the back," she says. Clearly unperturbed by her friends' distaste for comics, she happily buys the set for $60 and heads on her way.

As Walt recalls the story to Kevin, Kevin remembers how he felt he had been "baptized" by Frank Miller's take on Batman, which helped birth his love of comics.

Later, the doctor from Season 3, Episode 4, "U.S.S. Ming" walks into the Stash, this time with the Planet of the Apes Treehouse - Walt's "rosebud of toys." Walt tells the gang this is one of the only toys he really wanted as a kid, but never got. The doctor tells Walt, Ming and Bryan that he remembered Walt loves Megos and wanted to bring it by. Walt jumps at the chance to build it.

"Doc and Walt, sitting in a tree. Hey Doc, let's play A-P-E," Bryan sings as Walt and the doctor put together the treehouse. Walt calls the finished project "perfection." Bryan and Ming are less impressed. Once the toy is built, Walt asks the doctor how much he wants for it: $500. Walt asks for $250, but they come to an agreement: Walt coughs up $335 and two T-shirts from the Stash for the toy he always wanted. "I can't lie, the magic is still there," Walt tells Kevin and the guys during the podcast.

Later, a customer brings in the Rudolph and the Island of Misfit Toys complete action figure set. Walt says that this movie is what made Christmas for him, and if he missed it on television, Christmas was basically ruined. "The original must-see TV," Kevin calls it. The customer wants $150 for it, but they agree to meet in the middle at $90.

After, a customer brings in a book that delights the gang: Marvel's Greatest Superhero Battles, signed by comic book legends Stan Lee, John Romita and Jack Kirby. Kevin and Walt tell Bryan, Mike and Ming that Jack "The King" Kirby was the original artist for the Avengers, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk and more, and he helped create the foundation for many of the titles that are still popular today.

The customer is looking to sell it for $750, to help him fund his tuition for film school. However, Walt can only offer him $300. The young customer can't part with the autographed book for so low, but he leaves amicably. Walt and Mike lament the loss of such a great find.

"Does it bother you that your staff spends half their time in a daze and need to regain their senses just because a comic book came in?" Bryan asks Kevin. Kevin laughs, "I'd be disappointed if they didn't behave that way."