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SPAWN #1 (May 1992) Image Comics

cover:  Todd McFarlane
Date: May 1992 
Cover Price: $1.95

Reprinted in:
Pin-ups by Dale Keown and George Pérez
Free pull-out poster by McFarlane
Reprinted in SPAWN TPB #1 (1995), SPAWN #1 (Brazil) (Mar 1996), SPAWN #1 (Spain) (May 1994), SPAWN #1 (Finland) (1996), SPAWN #1 (Mexico) (1997), IMAGE #1 (Italy) (1997), SPAWN #1 (Hungary)(1997), and SPAWN #25 (Poland) (Oct 2003) DEDICATION Jack Kirby. While a strange assailant stalks the city, ripping out human hearts, another otherwordly being arrives. As his mind reels, our tortured hero remembers that he struck a deal with the devil in order to return to his beloved wife - five years after his death.

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    writer:  Todd McFarlane
    art:  Todd McFarlane
    George Perez
    Dale Keown
    colors:  Brian Haberlin
    letters:  Tom Orzechowski
    editor:  Todd McFarlane
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    SPAWN #1 (May 1992)
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    IMAGE FIRSTS: SPAWN #1 (07 Apr 2010)
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    George Perez made a positive impact on a young Todd McFarlane at his very first comic book convention

    posted Nov 24, 2019, 6:49 PM by Vu Nguyen

    From, thanks to Ilke

    SPAWN #1 (May 1992)
    Image Comics

    George Perez made a positive impact on a young Todd McFarlane at his very first comic book convention.

    Todd mentioned there was another artist that day that wasn't very kind... so when Todd became a successful artist, he said he would always treat his fans nicely.

    Spawn Digital Editions are all online now
    posted Feb 7, 2015, 3:10 PM by Vu Nguyen

    SPAWN #1 (Digital) (04 Feb 2015)
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    SPAWN #101 (Digital) (04 Feb 2015)
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    Spawn #1
    While a strange assailant stalks the city, ripping out human hearts, another otherwordly being arrives. As his mind reels, our tortured hero remembers that he struck a deal with the devil in order to return to his beloved wife - five years after his death.

    About Book

    Page Count: 23 Pages
    Print Release Date: June 1 1992
    Digital Release Date: February 4 2015
    Age Rating: 17+ Only
    Copyright: 1992 Todd McFarlane Productions, Inc.

    Spawn #101
    Spawn returns to the home of Granny Blake to bid her a final farewell. He explains to Granny his belief that Heaven and Hell are two sides of the same coin and defends his decision to choose neither. Granny, however, will have none of it and refuses to let Al disparage her faith. Cogliostro is not letting Al off the hook, either, and tells him that the choice of what role he wants to take is not his to make; that by slaying Malebolgia, he has become Malebolgia's de facto replacement whether he accepts it or not.
    About Book
    Page Count: 24 Pages
    Print Release Date: December 1 2000
    Digital Release Date: February 4 2015
    Age Rating: 17+ Only
    Copyright: 2000 Todd McFarlane Productions, Inc.

    Entire 250 Spawn comics coming to ComiXology

    posted Jan 9, 2015, 9:08 PM by Vu Nguyen

    SPAWN #1 (May 1992)
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    SPAWN #101 (Dec 2000)
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    EXCLUSIVE: Todd McFarlane says entire Spawn library is coming soon to digital platforms

    By David Betancourt January 8

    SPAWN IS COMING to a digital device near you.

    The announcement will be made this afternoon at Image Expo in San Francisco, as Spawn creator and Image Comics co-founder Todd McFarlane reveals that his entire library of 250 Spawn comics will soon be available to fans on their digital device of choice.

    McFarlane will also announce that he’s writing a new Image comic called Savior.

    McFarlane told The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs last month that readers will be able to digitally swipe through the pages of Spawn via ComiXology. (Yes, the ol’ standard disclosure: ComiXology is owned by Amazon, whose founder, Jeffrey P. Bezos, owns The Post.)

    [ Read more EXCLUSIVE: Todd McFarlane says entire Spawn library is coming soon to digital platforms ]

    Todd McFarlane on George Perez: I want to act like him!
    posted Oct 21, 2014, 12:17 PM by Vu Nguyen

    SPAWN #1 (May 1992)
    Image Comics

    Todd McFarlane writes:
    Monday, October 20, 2014 at 10:12pm

    If you're going to make the effort...why not BE NICE ABOUT IT???
    If you're going to be NASTY...stay home!!!

    Decades ago when I use to go to my first comic conventions, I met lots of artists and writers. I was about 16 years old and would wait in line to get some autographs. But sometimes, I was really taken aback when I came across a creative person(s) who acted like they didn't want to be there. They wouldn't look you in the eye, or talk to you, or smile, or otherwise engage you like someone that was supporting their work. It was almost like they were pissed off that they even had to be there. And it always struck me as odd, that someone would pack their bags, drive to an airport, get on a long plane ride just so they could be a dick to you. My thought was "Why wouldn't you just stay home?" Sadly, there was a handful of these types that had reputations across the country for their mean-spirited interactions.

    On the other hand there were some really wonderful people who made you feel very special, even though I would only have a minute or two of there time. George Pérez was one of the greatest for me at that young age. I marvelled at how much time and energy he gave to us and how he would answer every question we ever asked. The first time I met him, I walked out of that convention and said to myself "If I am ever lucky enough to be on the other side of that table, and people ask me for my autograph, then I want to act like him!"

    A short time later I was in a Florida Holiday Inn, getting ready to come home from a baseball camp, when all of a sudden I saw a small sign in the lobby that read: COMIC BOOK CONVENTION THIS WAY.

    So, I made my way down the hall and indeed there was a small convention going on. I met another couple of terrific artists who were also gentlemen (Mike Zeck and Pat Broderick), but the highlight was sitting at a table in the hallway was Stan Lee himself!!!!!!!!

    Being a 16 year old geek, that had just fallen in love with comics, I waited in line to get his autograph and then later I asked Mr.Lee if I could sit next to him? Without batting an eye, he said "Don't know why anyone would want to hang out with an old man all day, but pull up a chair!" So for the rest of the day I watched and listened as he interacted with his fans with the grace and energy of a 20 year old (he must have been around 55 at the time). In between his fans,I peppered him with questions (since his lines weren't as big as they are today because of the Marvel movies). Obviously, Stan doesn't remember that day. But I do, like it was yesterday. (And now 35 years later Stan and I have become close friends. Actor Michael Rooker also falls into the 'classy' category too).

    And ever since those early conventions, I have kept the memory that if someone can have an impact on my life because of their generosity and kindness, then I would forever more try to emulate that as I am now in a position to, perhaps, have some impact on others. The other option is to be nasty and only have people remember you for what you DIDN'T do instead of what you did.

    I hope to meet all of you some day. And I also hope that I can make our brief time together as enjoyable as possible.


    News: Spawn in Spain

    February 02, 2006 12:07 am
    SPAWN #1 (May 1992)
    Image Comics

    SPAWN vol 2, #1 (Spain) (Mar 2002)

    Spawn Vol. 2 Nº 01
    Friday, February 27, 2004 3:03:27 AM

    Todd McFarlane / Angel Medina

    Edición Original: Spawn Nº 101 USA
    Fecha Edición: marzo de 2002
    Formato: 24 págs.
    Precio: 1,7 €

    News: More Spawn #1 Reprints

    February 01, 2006 11:30 pm
     From Ilke Hincer (email)

    SPAWN TPB #1 (1995)
    Image Comics
    Image Comics
    Here are a couple additional items which might contain George's pin-up from Spawn #1:

    - Spawn TPB #1 (1995). "Collects Spawn #1-5 by Todd McFarlane. Introduction by Frank Miller. Format: 7' X 10', full color, approximately 100 pages." (Info from, cover scan from

    - Spawn #1 in 3D: McFarlane MoCCA Retrospective Exclusive. "Written by Todd McFarlane, art & cover by McFarlane. A special 3D version of Spawn #1 specially created for the 2006 Todd McFarlane retrospective at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York. Will not be reprinted. Only available while stock lasts! Red/blue glasses included! 32pg, FC, $5.95." (Info and scan from )

    Note: Before shipping to retailers in April 2006, the 3D version of Spawn #1 will be available at both the New York Comic-Con and at MoCCa. Here's an excerpt from the press release:

    posted 01-31-2006 02:32 PM

    "Spawn #1 in 3D. This special New York Comic-Con limited-edition 3D version of Spawn Issue #1 was created exclusively for the 2006 McFarlane retrospective at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) in New York. Written and drawn by Todd, this 32-page book has a cover price of $5.95 and includes red/blue 3D glasses! This special book will be available as a Donor Premium (in recognition of donations of $6 or more) from MoCCA beginning Feb. 24 at their NY Comic-Con booth (#114 -- conveniently located right next to McFarlane Toys booth #116) and at the MoCCA Gift Shop during the run of the McFarlane retrospective exhibit, while supplies last. Proceeds benefit MoCCA."

    News: Spawn Collection Details

    February 01, 2006 10:21 pm
     From Ilke Hincer (email)
    SPAWN COLLECTION #1 (Trade Paperback) (Dec 2005)
    Image Comics
    SPAWN COLLECTION #1 (Hardcover) (Dec 2005)
    Image Comics

    Here are some details on Spawn Collection Vol.1, which might have a reprint of George's pin-up from Spawn #1:

    Spawn Collection Vol.1 reprints Spawn #1-8, 11 & 12, and the release dates for the 3 versions of this collection are as follows:

    Spawn Collection Vol.1 TPB was released on December 21st, 2005, according to

    Spawn Collection Vol.1 HC was released on December 29th, 2005, according to

    Spawn Collection Vol.1 Ltd Ed HC (500 copies containing a mini-archival print signed by Todd McFarlane) is expected to be released on February 8th, 2006, according to

    (Attached are the covers to Vol.1 TPB & Vol.1 HC, found on

     April 10, 2003 | McFarlane Interview from Comicverse
    From Comicverse

    Entretien avec Todd Mc FARLANE
    March 18, 2003 11:29:07 AM


    JS: Quels artistes vous ont le plus influencé ?
    Todd Mc Farlane: Au tout début, ce sont George Perez, John Byrne et John et Sal Buscema qui m'ont pas mal influencé. Puis plus tard, je me suis intéressé à Marshall Rogers, Arthur Adams, Bill Sienkiewicz, Michael Golden et Frank Miller. Et encore plus tard, j'ai découvert Gil Kane et Jack Kirby. En fait, quand tu as plus de recul, plus d'expérience, tu t'intéresses aux artistes d'avant et tu découvres alors les maîtres de la BD.

    Translated by Babelfish:

    Discussion with Todd McFARLANE
    March 18, 2003 11:29:07 AM


    JS: Which artists influenced you the most?
    Todd McFarlane: In the beginning, it was George Perez, John Byrne and John and Sal Buscema which badly did not influence me. Then later, I was interested in Marshall Rogers, Arthur Adams, Bill Sienkiewicz, Michael Golden and Frank Miller. And even later, I discovered Gil Kane and Jack Kirby. In fact, when you have more retreat, plus experience, you are interested in the artists of before and you discover the masters of comic books.

     October 19, 2002 | Todd McFarlane Biography
    From (official site)

    Todd McFarlane, the creator of Spawn, is a multi-faceted artist and businessman with a broad range of experience in entertainment, sports and publishing.

    McFarlane was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on March 16, 1961, but spent most of his childhood in Southern California. Returning to Calgary at age 14, Todd first discovered the world of comic books in high school. He bought all the comics he could afford, especially the works of his favorite artists: John Byrne, George Perez, Marshall Rogers, Michael Golden, Art Adams and Walter Simonson. Although he spent a lot of time drawing comic book heroes, playing professional baseball was his ultimate dream.

    [ Read more Todd McFarlane Biography ]
     March 21, 2002 | Todd McFarlane
    Dear Len and Ted,

    I just finished reading issue #192 of Justice League of America. Stunning. This month's tale was the best of all my DCs I picked up. Centering around one member of the group (Red Tornado) and at the same time involving the other heroes was an excellent idea. Even though there were 25 pages, I thought that my reading ended too soon.

    Red Tornado has fast become one of my favorite heroes. It is about time that he starts acting like the hero I know he can be.

    As for the art, what can I say? Welcome back, George. Your pencils have been missed (although Buckler did a very admirable job in your absence.) besides being my favorite artist, you draw the best Red Tornado this side of the border (and the other side, too!)

    Todd McFarlane
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada

     August 15, 2002 | SCCB: Sachs & Violens
    From Vu

    The book is called THE STANDARD CATALOG OF COMIC BOOKS (ISBN 0-87341-916-2), and is written by the same people who edits and publishes COMIC BUYERS GUIDE. It is a little expensive at $34.95, but it's worth it if you're a collector as it is a good price guide and checklist, and for the fact that it's 1237 pages long.

    Although, in most guides, they do tend to miss certain variant comics and/or just plain inaccurate. I just checked the 31st Edition to OVERSTREET'S COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE, which is the latest version, and it still lists DARK HORSE #50 as having a Pérez story (see "Settlements").

    Anyway, in addition to a summary of some titles, SCCB also list, in some cases, Diamond Preorder numbers and Capital City's order numbers. What I found very interesting is that THE NEW TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT TP is quite rare! According to this book, Capital City only received and shipped 2,500 copies (note this number does not include Diamond Distribution).

    Compare this number to some other, like ACTION COMICS #643 (Capital City: 35,100), BATMAN #400 (Capital City: 27,650), THE NEW TITANS #50 (Capital City: 18,750), PRIME #15 (Capital City: 14,450), CRISIS #3 (Capital City: 42,050), CRIMSON PLAGUE #2 (Diamond Predorders: 23,680), and WONDER WOMAN #168 (Diamond Preorders: 27,185).

    I am saving the last bit for AVENGERS #1 (vol 3), which they listed the following:

    AVENGERS #1 (vol 3)

    Circulation Statement: 166,903
    Diamond Preorders: 194,439
    Statement, filed 10/1/97,; avg print run 209,391; avg sales 163,342; avg subs 2,704; avg total paid 166,046; samples 270; office use 125; max existent 166,441; 21% of run returned

    The book was actually designed as a price guide, but I mostly find the circulation statements more interesting than the actual list value. Personally, I always think a value of a comic book is based on the buyer's wants and needs (not dictated by a book). I disagree with some of the prices on the catalogue - just like you'd find WIZARD's pricing ridiculous.

    The induction of Comics Guaranty LLC (CGC) in the price guide, I find a little annoying. I don't believe in CGC and I find the people buying them at extraordinary prices a little crazy. For about $600 for a perfect "10" SPAWN #1, you can get a pretty cool three figures unique George Pérez artwork, or heck, get yourself a new digital camera. Basically, the guide lists how many comics were CGC'ed and what the highest number it got. For instance, INHUMANS #1 there were 32 sent in to be graded and the best of the lot is a grade of 9.6. According to this guide, we're supposed to multiply 7 to its worth (which is valued at $8), so a CGC 9.6 INHUMANS #1 should fetch about $56.

    As always, opinions expressed here are strictly my own. Buy this book, it's worth it!