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.

It’s time once again for a Creator Spotlight and this month’s pick is another controversial figure in the world of comics: John Byrne. At one time, Byrne was a “Top Guy” in the industry. In the late 70s and early 80s, he was Marvel’s go-to artist for classic hero comics. His work on Avengers and Captain America as still loved to this day. Byrne’s classic collaboration with Chris Claremont on the Uncanny X-Men (as well as Marvel Team-Up and Iron Fist) is legendary. His solo work as writer/artist on Alpha Flight and Fantastic Four is considered some of the most exciting comics of their era. As he continued into the 80s, he made the jump to DC and helped reshape the origin of Superman, cementing his legacy in comics.

But somewhere along the way, Byrne stopped being the innovator and got left behind creatively. No longer the go-to guy, his work from the 90s to present has been a far cry from the amazing work of his younger years. On this week’s episode, Andrew and Sammy take a look at the works of John Byrne, comparing his former and latter offerings in the world of graphic fiction. Join us for another creator-fueled Back Issue Bloodbath.

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