Welcome friends to Back Issue Bloodbath, a comics-centric podcast presented by Geek Hard. Join hosts Andrew Young and Sammy Younan 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, we take another trip in the way-back machine to a simpler time in superhero comics: 1984. This was the year that Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars first hit the comic shelves and changed the industry as we know it. Never before had Marvel had all their heroes face all their villains in a winner-take-all throwdown between good and evil. Originally launched as a comic tie-in to a new Marvel toyline at Mattel, the book would go on to be a sales leader for the year and take both Marvel and DC down the big crazy road that is the Comic Event Book! While the book is now iconic, one can’t help but notice the silly name, which Writer Jim Shooter explained was the result of a Mattel focus group. Silly name or not, the title has become considered one of Marvel’s greatest miniseries. But should it still be considered as such?

This week, Andrew and Sammy take a look at Marveil Super Heroes Secret Wars and debate on whether it should still hold a spot among the greatest Marvel comics of all time. With art by Mike Zeck, there’s no denying that it still looks awesome. Has it aged well? That’s the question we try to answer on an ALL NEW Back Issue Bloodbath.

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