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.

Throughout the history of mankind, the times that are most recorded in mythology and song are those of great deeds and fantastic adventure.

This week on Back Issue Bloodbath, Gavin and Andrew take a look back on one of the greatest adventurers from all of fiction: Conan. To get a bit more specific, they’re talkin’ about the great run that Kurt Busiek and Cary Nord had with the character on the comic series put out by Dark Horse in the mid-2000s. Conan made a big splash back onto the scene in 2004 and this series was both a critical and commercial success. Taking an approach that brought the Cimmerian back to his roots, Busiek and Nord were able to retell the classic stories featured in the Robert E Howard books while adding in original adventures as well. For longtime fans of the character, this was a golden era in Conan comics not seen since the days of Roy Thomas/Barry Winsdor Smith.

Gavin and Andrew discuss why the series was a success and what it is about the character that speaks to comic fans. Sit back and listen as we take you to a far off land of legend and wonder on an ALL NEW Back Issue Bloodbath.

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Andrew and Gavin take a look back on Kurt Busiek and Cary Nord's run on Conan at Dark Horse.

Andrew and Gavin take a look back on Kurt Busiek and Cary Nord’s run on Conan at Dark Horse.