It’s a bit of a “duh” that we Indie writers and artists love Spawn. Todd McFarlane’s Spawn is the character that made the independent comic book scene relevant in the 90’s. In the early 90’s was there nothing Todd McFarlane couldn’t do? Fresh off his run on Marvel’s Spider-Man (1990) series, McFarlane joined other comic book creator/superstars in forming Image Comics, where Spawn would rule for years and is still published to this day. Spawn, was released in 1992, and sold over 1.7 million copies and was the beginning of the Image Comics revolution. McFarlane was considered crazy by the pros at the time, but number one issues of today can’t even hope to touch those kinds of sales figures.
Even in current year, Spawn still ships around 40,000 copies to comic stores nationwide, is just about to hit issue #300, and will soon be getting another movie starring Jamie Foxx and Jeremy Renner. One thing that tends to be forgotten occasionally is that it spawned what I consider to be the best animated comic book series of the 90’s, Todd McFarlane’s Spawn which aired on HBO. The series had three six-episode seasons. It was a two-time Emmy award winning series and then it just disappeared, and Todd sadly has not being able to continue it despite his best efforts.
So, as we await the release of the book’s milestone issue #300, please allow me to regale you with tales of Todd McFarlane’s Spawn.
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