Welcome friends to Back Issue Bloodbath, a comics-centric podcast presented by Geek Hard. Join hosts Andrew Young and Gavin Stephens as they get down and dirty in the four-colour world of comic books, focusing on classic stories, new issues, comic creators and hot button topics.

This week, Andrew and Gavin take a look back at the first EVER Marvel Miniseries – Contest of Champions! Originally released in June to August of 1982, this was Marvel’s first kick at the can for the summer blockbuster comic series. Sporting top name creative talent with writers Mark Gruenwald, Bill Mantlo and Steven Grant, along with artists John Romita Jr. and Bob Layton, this series was an instant hit back in the day and paved the way for Marvel’s Secret Wars and all that came after.

The idea of this story was to showcase some of the biggest names in the Marvel Universe, like Captain America, Daredevil, Storm, Angel, and Wolverine, along side lesser known and brand new  characters. The series also played with the idea of a global heroes network, including heroes from Russia, Isreal, Ireland and more.

The big question is does this comic stand the test of time? Do the ideas and themes touched on in this series seem out of touch and dated in 2016? Is the level of sophistication that we associate to Marvel comics from that era like Daredevil and Uncanny X-Men present in the story being told here? Or is it some childish tale that isn’t worth your time? Andrew and Gavin break down the story and try to answer all these questions and more as they look at Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions! All this and more is coming your way in an ALL NEW, ALL DIFFERENT* episode of Back Issue Bloodbath.

(*Note – It’s different, but we can’t guarantee if it is in fact “ALL” Different.)

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It was Marvel's first miniseries, but does Contest of Champions still hold up today? Find out on Back Issue Bloodbath.

It was Marvel’s first miniseries, but does Contest of Champions still hold up today? Find out on Back Issue Bloodbath.

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Andrew Young

Host/Producer at Geek Hard
Andrew Young has been involved in the entertainment industry for over 15 years as a writer, comedian and director. Andrew is one half of the hosting duo that makes up Geek Hard. He occasionally sleeps but doesn't endorse this behaviour.