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.

In the world of comic book superheroes, it’s not uncommon to have a secret identity. For years, heroes at DC, Marvel, Valiant and many other comic companies have sported alter egos from their crime fighting personas. Superman is Clark Kent, Spider-Man is Peter Park, Wonder Woman is Diana Prince….etc. The hero adopts a persona to be a symbol and to conceal their identity so they can live a relatively normal life. This provides a disassociation from family and friends in order to protect them from those trying to get at the hero. It’s been a staple of superhero storytelling. But is it relevant in today’s world where privacy is almost a thing of the past?

On this episode, Andrew and Sammy debate the necessity of a secret identity in the current world of comic books. Some heroes, like the Fantastic Four, have never had a secret identity. Sammy uses them as an example of why there’s no need for hiding who you are. Andrew argues that creating anonymity of one’s identity is crucial when trying to protect the ones you love. Listen as they each serve up their points and let you decide who is right, on an ALL NEW Back Issue Bloodbath.

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