When you think comic geek, what kind of mental image do you get? Socially inept, acne-ridden and dressed straight off the Wal-Mart racks? To that, Kevin Smith says stereotypes be damned.

With Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash West, Smith, the director of such cult film favorites as Dogma, Clerks and Mallrats (and, less noticeably, box-office miss Jersey Girl), has opened his very own geek-hangout in the middle of trendy, upscale Westwood Village.

Secret Stash is stocked with the newest issues of everything from “The Avengers” to “The X-Men,” and replete with only the coolest comic book-related merchandise and Smith movie memorabilia, from action figures to statues to recreated props (the real-size Magneto helmet is quite a sight to behold).

There is also plenty of stuff in the store that you can’t buy that is still worth a trip inside to see. Replicas of Ben Afflek’s Daredevil costume can be found in the store, as well as the breastplate he wore as the archangel Bartleby in Dogma (you know, before Alanis Morissette killed him). Also, the full wings worn by Alan Rickman’s (Professor Snape!) character of the angel Metatron from that same offensively hilarious/honest religious satire, and various costumes from the numerous other Smith movies. Take a moment to worship in front of Shannon Elizabeth’s tank top and skirt from Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

After that, explore the shelves of graphic novels and paperback collections to your eyes’ content, and catch up on those old Justice League stories from back in the day. Then check out the statue section, just to see the Spider-Man and Captain America life-sized busts, so cool you’d swear it was Tobey Maguire’s head on a platter.

If you’re lucky, you may come in when “employee of the month” Jason Mewes is behind the counter (he is, um, the Jay half of it all). If you’re even luckier, Smith himself may be wandering around the store, in which case it’s store policy that you drop to your knees and offer virgin sacrifices to his greatness. Even if Smith isn’t there, though, you can still buy plenty of merchandise that’s been signed by him, something any fan of politically incorrect humor would appreciate.

Secret Stash isn’t the biggest comic store ever, as they tend to focus on keeping current items rather than issues and products from years past, but that in no way detracts from the experience of seeing things you’ll only see there. Check it out and let your inner kid, as well as the inner geek you’ve kept so well closeted all these years, run wild. Snootchie Bootchies!

Store hours: Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. For more information, visit www.viewaskew.com/jsbstash/.