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365 Days of Spawn!

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Approximately one Spawn comic posted daily for 365 days- through the upcoming film and milestone issue #300.

The majority of these issues are original owner, and as of this posting I am only missing one issue (#150) from being completely current.

I will reserve Sundays for posting a Spawn spinoff or one-shot at my discretion. 


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Day 1- Sept. 16, 2018-  Spawn #1

As I close in on the last Spawn book to complete my run (#150), I feel a strong urge to work back through the collection, scan my books / build a record of the collection, and then put them back into storage to marinate for another ten years. 

I won't always go in order, but I might as well kick things off with Spawn #1... one of the top 10 selling comic books of the Modern Age and a title that launched Image Comics. 

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Writer / Artist / Cover: Todd McFarlane

Published: June 1, 1992

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 (text courtesy of Image Comics). 

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Day 2- Sept. 17, 2018-  Spawn #2

Writer / Artist / Cover: Todd McFarlane

Published: July 1, 1992

Spawn decides to find Wanda, but fears her reaction to what he's become. With his new powers, he attempts to change his ravaged features, with disappointing results. Exhausted, he collapses, only to be taunted by a foul-mouthed dwarf in clown makeup (text courtesy of Image Comics).

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I like this cover. Todd must have too… as he used it as an early, pre-Spawn #1 advertisement in indy comics like Rust #1, Rocket Ranger #3, and Planet of the Apes #23.

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Check out the following LINK for more information / hyperbole. 

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Day 3- Sept. 18, 2018-  Spawn #3 1st full appearance of the Violator

Writer / Artist / Cover: Todd McFarlane

Published: August 1, 1992

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Watching from the shadows, Spawn is shocked to find that Wanda has married and had a daughter with his best friend, Terry Fitzgerald. His anguish becomes physical when the ugly clown reappears, transforms into the Violator, and rips out Spawn's heart (text courtesy Image Comics)!

PS. I've scanned the first 30 issues so far, plus all the fodder at the front end of my first Spawn shortbox. I've decided to do the first several issues in a row, scan the whole first short box to build a buffer, and then I can jump around some. 'Sides, Todd starts to delegate writing duties with #8 and some art duties by about #18.

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Day 4- Sept. 19, 2018-  Spawn #4 (with coupon)

Writer / Artist / Cover: Todd McFarlane

Published: September 1, 1992

Violator and Spawn fight brutally until Malebolgia intervenes, explaining to them that they are both his minions in his battle against Heaven. Malebolgia also punishes Violator for his unscheduled killing spree, locking him in his clown form (text courtesy Image Comics)!

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The act of flipping through and scanning each comic has two benefits- 1) I am finding a few surprises here and there, e.g. multiple copies or the occasional oddball surprise (e.g. a formerly slabbed book or newsstand copy), and 2) it is also stirring a bit of nostalgia. For example, the publication of Spawn #4 marks my entrance into college. I spent a small amount of the summer of 1992 in Yellowstone National Park backpacking with friends before entering the University of Illinois in late August 1992. Comics were still important to me and I remember the bus rides across town to the comic shop. These Spawn books survived not only college, but also three moves across the country. 

Spawn #4 had a coupon for Image #0. A hygrader even then, I would never have cut coupons for a mail-offer exclusive. Todd McFarlane contributed four character pin-ups to Image #0, where he introduced the Freak, who would next appear in Spawn #34.

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Day 5- Sept. 20, 2018-  Spawn #5

Writer / Artist / Cover: Todd McFarlane

Published: October 1, 1992

Sometimes in our judicial system, bad men like Billy Kincaid slip through the cracks. Posing as an ice cream man, Kincaid lured children into his van and killed them. When Spawn learns that Kincaid has been set free, he remembers he once turned down a chance to kill the child molester. He does what the courts couldn't, passing his own death sentence on the pervert (text courtesy Image Comics).

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This was one of my favorite covers of the early run. I also remember vehemently how this issue ends. I recall having to set Spawn down for a spell after this issue, and while I continued to subscribe to Spawn monthly, college was soon to pull me away from comics.

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Day 6- Sept. 21, 2018-  Spawn #6-  1st appearance of Overt-Kill

Writer / Artist / Cover: Todd McFarlane

Published: November 1, 1992

The Mob is fed up with losing their men to an unknown assailant. Finally deciding that Spawn is the killer, they send hit men to kill him. When Spawn defeats these attackers, the mob calls in Overtkill, a cyborg assassin. This foe is unlike any Spawn has ever faced, so he flees their battle to prepare. Luckily, he knows a secret armory stacked with the latest firepower (Image Comics, 2018).

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This book is also the first appearance of a mob enforcer named Antonio "Tony Twist" Twistelli, a character that would eventually get Todd sued. Former St Louis Blues hockey player Tony Twist won a $15 million verdict in 2004 when a St. Louis, Missouri jury found Todd McFarlane Productions had profited from Twist's likeness. The verdict was upheld after two appeals in 2006. In 2007, Twist and McFarlane settled the lawsuit out of court for $5 million (Wikipedia).

 

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Day 7- Sept. 22, 2018-  Spawn #7 with Spawnmobile poster; 1st published work of Randy Queen (Darkchylde fame)

Writer / Artist / Cover: Todd McFarlane

Published: January 1, 1993

Spawn is suddenly felled by painful flashbacks of his own death. But he shakes off the memories and visits Mob consigliere Antonio Twistelli, telling him that he welcomes a rematch with Overtkill. They meet at midnight, fighting to a standstill before Spawn pulls out his heavy weaponry. Even cybernetics offer no protection from such powerful ordnance and Overtkill is defeated (Image Comics, 2018).

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If you collect Spawn, you know what a task it can be finding these dark black covers in NM+ (e.g. 12, 18, 27, 54, 70, 74, or 83 in the first box I scanned). For instance, Spawn #156 is a PARTICULARLY tough book to find in grade and was one of the last 4 issues I needed. 

According to the Wiki, McFarlane was sole artist on Spawn #1–15 and 21–24, as co-artist on Spawn #26–34 and 50 with Greg Capullo. He wrote Spawn #1–7, 12–15, 21–150, and 185 to present (albeit #201-219 under the pseudonym Will Carlton).

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I am going to begin skipping around some, with a focus this week on uberschweet Angela covers. Each of my 3+ short boxes includes Spawn related comics (one-shots, spin-offs, or related titles) that I use for fodder/filler at the ends to protect my main run.

Day 8- Sept. 23, 2018-  Curse of the Spawn #9- Angela cover

Published: May, 1997

Cover: Dwayne Turner, Danny Miki, Greg Capullo, Todd McFarlane, Todd Broeker

Writer: Alan McElroy

Penciler: Dwayne Turner

Inker : Danny Mik

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In Curse of the Spawn #9, Angela continues her free-lance contracts on planets after quitting her job on Elysium and giving up Angel status. She finds little satisfaction as she feels her true purpose is hunting Hellspawn. She is distracted upon seeing the specter of death, Deurges. Angela has a flashback to five individuals. Ashra from Egypt, Sarah from Germany, a bushwoman from Africa, Kayla a black slave from the southern United States of America during slave times, and Evelyn Weathers from London- All innocent women who attempted to or could not save their loved ones from dying. Each saw a vision of Deurges before being taken by Angels into Heaven. In a moment of pure-light out of God's pulse, Angela was born (Image Comics Wikia, n.d.).

 

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Day 9- Sept. 24, 2018- Spawn #9- 1st appearance of Angela and Medieval Spawn (Angela poster by Jim Lee)

Writer: Neil Gaiman

Artist / Cover: Todd McFarlane

Published: April 1, 1993

In the Dark Ages, Angela disguises herself as a damsel in distress to lure a Spawn into a cave. Too late, the Spawn realizes he's been tricked by the Spawn-killing angel, who promptly dispatches the unfortunate creature. In the present, Angela continues her mission by attacking the modern Spawn, only to be defeated for the first time ever (Image Comic, 2018)!

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Early on, McFarlane was criticized for this writing. As Parker (2012) notes, “McFarlane had a decent skillset; he had an artist's sense of pacing, knew how to strike a mood, and even in that first issue we saw some snappy dialogue, especially with Sam and Twitch, the detectives on Spawn's trail. But his plotting skills left a lot to be desired, and Spawn's internal monologue comes off like a weak imitation of Miller that for some reason breaks into second-person for no reason at all. Perhaps that was a deciding element in his decision to draft several high-profile guest writers for a run.”

After Parker (2012)… “Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Dave Sim, and Frank Miller four of the most-celebrated writers of the 1980s and early 1990s, took over Spawn from #8 to #11. Each contribution is significant and controversial in its own way. Moore was first, with "In Heaven", a basic Alan Moore Swamp Thing-like tale of child molester Billy Kincaid's trip through the Spheres of Hell. The next issue, written by Neil Gaiman, is the source of a long-running legal dispute between Gaiman and McFarlane, which concluded in 2012. The dispute centers around the ownership of the characters Angela, Medieval Spawn, and Cogliostro. Though Gaiman has always maintained they were created by him specifically for that one-issue story, McFarlane added them to Spawn lore when Gaiman wasn't looking. These were recurring characters, and ones that got their own toys, and appearances in the animated series and 1997 film. McFarlane's image as a champion of creator's rights was seriously tarnished, which was particularly ironic considering the subject of the next issue. Dave Sim’s contribution to the Spawn legacy is easily the most compelling of the lot, delivering a story that is both dreamy and articulate. "Crossing Over" is an emotional/metaphysical plea for creator's rights that breaks the plane between fiction and reality.After some of McFarlane's best work on the series in the depiction of Creator's Hell, Sim appears as Cerebus to extol the virtues of self-publishing to Spawn/McFarlane. There was a big response for the story, and somewhat prophetically of the title, many readers did in fact cross over to begin reading independent comics. Cerebus's readership jumped, and at just the perfect time: about a year before the infamous issue #186, which cemented Sim's reputation as a misogynist and cut his fanbase in half. Essentially, it gave Sim a bigger audience for his meltdown. The last of the guest-written stories is issue 11, by Frank Miller, a collaboration that led to the Spawn/Batman crossover written by Miller and drawn by McFarlane. Even in retrospect, it exceeds expectations, and reads like a war poem performed by a coked-up caveman. While working on the project, McFarlane handed the reins over to Grant Morrison and Greg Capullo for three issues. In doing so, he became an administrator, and began his journey to entrepreneur (para. 9-13).”

PS. LOVE LOVE love going through old boxes and finding stuff I forgot about! Check out this NM+ Spawn #9 Newstand copy that I picked along my travels.

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Parker, J.R. (2012). Spawn 20 years later: Looking back at the quintessential ‘90s comic book. Retrieved from http://comicsalliance.com/spawn-compendium-20-years-todd-mcfarlane/

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Day 10- Sept. 25, 2018-  Spawn #62- Angela appearance

Writer: Todd McFarlane

Artist: Greg Capullo

Cover: Todd McFarlane, Greg Capullo

Published: June 1, 1997

Spawn confronts Jason Wynn only to have his vengeful anger stymied once again. Wynn informs him that if he dies, Terry, Wanda & Cyan will be eliminated. Knowing that he doesn't bluff, Spawn turns it into a catch-22 situation. Later in the alley, chaos erupts when Spawn and Angela are thrown together to discuss the unraveling of the universe. An unknown force then heals Al's face. Meanwhile, Terry is informed about a neighborhood petition to force them out of the area (Image Comics, 2018).

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Angela is a reoccurring adversary and ally of Spawn, and so is featured often in the series. Her debut was in issue Spawn #9, but she also appears in issues #62, #89, and #96 - 100.

A three-issue Angela limited series was published, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Greg Capullo.

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Day 11- Sept. 26, 2018-  Spawn #96-  Angela appearance

Writer: Brian Holguin, Todd McFarlane

Artist: Greg Capullo

Cover: Todd McFarlane, Greg Capullo

Published: June 1, 2000

Why did I think #96 or #98 had an Angela cover!?  This book set me spinning for a moment thinking I was missing an issue. As I begin scanning my second box, it occurs to me that I may find I need more than just #150 to complete my run.  :ohnoez:

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The demons' mission to attract Spawn to the area is successful when he arrives to investigate the 13 burning corpses placed in a sacrificial circle as bait for the mighty Urizen. In the ensuing battle, Spawn is badly beaten by the powerful Urizen and left impaled upon a pole where he is soon reclaimed by the Earth. Meanwhile, Wanda awakens from a nightmare about her baby to find Terry missing from their bed. Later, as the demons hasten to engage in some earthly sins before they are returned, Angela catches them and asks for an explanation of their mission (Image Comics, 2018).

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And now back to Angela covers!

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Day 12- Sept. 27, 2018-  Spawn #97-  Angela cover

Writer: Brian Holguin, Todd McFarlane

Artist: Greg Capullo

Cover: Todd McFarlane, Greg Capullo

Published: July 1, 2000

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Angela rescues Spawn from his impaled position and gives him the lowdown on their new mission even after she received orders on to act. Other angels debate the order, saying it is thier duty, their purpose to fight while others claim it is their job to follow orders. Spawn and Angela find Cog and try to pry ancient information out of him, but he is vague and uncooperative. Later, after Spawn and Angela leave Cog, they argue and even get into a bit of a tussle. Angela is surprised to learn that Spawn still hasn’t figured out his earthly role. Meanwhile, Urizen is leading people to their deaths like a monstrous Pied Piper (Image Comics, 2018).

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Day 13- Sept. 28, 2018-  Spawn #100-  Wood variant (Death of Angela)

Writer: Brian Holguin, Steve Niles, Todd McFarlane

Artist: Angel Medina, Greg Capullo

Cover: Todd McFarlane

Published: November 1, 2000

While Wanda lies close to death, Spawn returns to the eighth level of Hell for a final showdown with a weakened Malebolgia. At the height of the conflict, Angela arrives to join in the battle. After mortally wounding Malebolgia and thinking him dead, Spawn and Angela prepare to escape; however, with his last breath, Malebolgia extracts Angela's lance and impales her with it. In a rage, Spawn decapitates Malebolgia with Angela's sword. Carrying Angela's lifeless body, Spawn delivers her to a host of angels who offer him forgiveness and redemption. He refuses this angelic pardon, but the angel who offers it can yet do one favor for Spawn: She appears in Wanda' hospital room and breathes new life into Wanda. Meanwhile, Spawn finally comes to terms with his place in the world (Image Comics, 2018).

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Spawn was a Top 5 comic book for its first 100 issues with very few exceptions (e.g. Heroes Reborn launch), which is amazing when you think about it. In a down year overall (2000), Spawn #100 had over 143,000 presales over several variant covers and that represents the LAST high water mark for the title. With Spawn #101 the title fell out of the Top 5 and presold fewer than 65,000 copies. By #108 it was out of the Top 10 and selling fewer than 60,000 copies.

 

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Day 14- Sept. 29, 2018-  Curse of the Spawn #10- Angela cover

Cover: Dwayne Turner, Todd Broeker

Writer: Alan McElroy

Penciler: Dwayne Turner

Inker : Danny Miki

Published: May, 1997

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Angela is ripped back into space from short journey to Earth. She realizes she must stop the pulses from reaching Earth or it will be shattered. Angela flashes back to Elysium and the Hall of Light where she recalls Katherine sending her off with her Hunting Permit and Dimensional Lance. Katherine had all the confidence in Angela and claimed she only trained the best. Angela is once again pushed to Limbo, where she finds the Capitol City-Prison in ruins. She runs into Callindra. They are suddenly attacked by Demonoids. As she is slowly beaten, she sees the bones and bodies about her, which angers her. She uses this to fuel her rage and beat the Demonoid per Katherine's training. Next they run into Angela's sister in arms, Lilith, holding an Elysian-Lock. As the battle continues, Angela teleports herself and Lilith back to Pentagas-Fraser. Angela throws Lilith into the Argus in her rage and smashes the Elysian-Lock. She then takes out her emotional anger on the Argus and chops it into bits. Filled with rage, Angela announces she's coming for Deurges (Image Comics Wikia, n.d.).

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Day 15- Sept. 30, 2018-  Angela #1

Published: December, 1994

Writer: Neil Gaiman

Artist: Greg Capullo

Cover: Greg Capullo, Todd Broeker

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In 2002, a federal jury found that Gaiman was a co-copyright holder in the characters of Medieval Spawn, the angelic bounty hunter Angela, and one-time ally Count Nicholas Cogliostro (Suen, 2010). This ruling also granted him joint ownership of two issues of Spawn (#9 and #26), the Angela spin-off miniseries, and the disputed characters.

When Gaiman created Angela he signed a deal giving McFarlane rights in exchange for McFarlane's ownership over the English superhero Miracleman (nee Marvelman). But it turned out that McFarlane misrepresented his stake in Miracleman (Faraci, 2013). About 8 years’ worth of legal wrangling ensued trying to determine how much money was made off of those creations, and whether Gaiman also deserves ownership of analogue characters Dark Ages Spawn, Tiffany and Domina (Mozzocco, 2012). In 2010, a Wisconsin federal court judge ruled that Spawn creator Todd McFarlane owed royalties to the Sandman writer, over the three derivative characters, which were based on Gaiman’s own “Medieval Spawn” characters, created when he guest wrote issue #9 in 1993 (Suen, 2010).

After ten years in court, the dust finally cleared and the two settled their dispute over the characters and derivatives. The exact terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but the agreement blocked further appeals from McFarlane (Mozzocco, 2012; ASIDE: some later reports include the sum of $1.1M).

We can safely assume that Todd retained the rights to Medieval Spawn and Cogliostro (since he recently published a Volume 2 miniseries of Medieval Spawn & Witchblade and Cog appeared again in Spawn #225) and, of course, Gaiman got Angela and she was sold to Marvel shortly thereafter (debuting in Age of Ultron #10 and then in Guardians of the Galaxy #5). For a summary of what became of Angela once she was sold to Marvel, consider checking out this blog post from Alliterator titled “How Angela Became One of the Weirdest, Most Subversive Marvel Comics” HERE

 

References

Faraci, D. (2013). Marvel, Neil Gaiman say eff you to McFarlane, bring Spawn character into Marvel U. Retrieved from https://birthmoviesdeath.com/2013/03/21/marvel-neil-gaiman-say-eff-you-to-mcfarlane-bring-spawn-character-into-marv

Mozzocco, J.C. (2012). Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane settle legal dispute over co-spawned characters. Comics Alliance. Retrieved from http://comicsalliance.com/spawn-angela-neil-gaiman-todd-mcfarlane-ownership-settlement/

Suen, M. (2010). Neil Gaiman defeats Todd McFarlane in legal battle over Spawn characters. The Mary Sue. Retrieved from https://www.themarysue.com/gaiman-mcfarlane-spawn/

 

BONUS SCAN! Plucked yesterday from the LCS 1/2 sale for $1.50 (Curse of the Spawn #11- Angela cover)

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Day 15- Oct. 1, 2018-  Spawn #10- Cerebus appearance

Writer: Dave Sim

Artist / Cover: Todd McFarlane

Published: May 1, 1993

When Spawn tries to examine Angela's abandoned lance, it transports him into a realm beyond his wildest imaginings. While in this strange world, Spawn encounters imprisoned heroes, faces a mockery of Blind Justice in the form of the Violator, and glimpses a dreamlike scenario of happiness for him, Wanda and Cyan (Image Comics, 2018).

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“That McFarlane and Gaiman came to such a virulent disagreement over ownership of characters in one of the most iconic Image comic books is rather ironic; Image began as a way to empower creators outside of mainstream comics, where the work-for-hire system meant they did not own anything they created. McFarlane and his partners launched Image because they felt Marvel Comics had treated their creators unfairly, and failed to give them their proper due for the talent and popularity they brought to the publisher. The idea of Image as an argument for creators' rights argument was even made explicit in the pages of Spawn itself, thanks to Dave Sim's -script for issue #10 (see below)” (Mozzocco, 2012, para. 7).

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References

Mozzocco, J.C. (2012). Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane settle legal dispute over co-spawned characters. Comics Alliance. Retrieved from http://comicsalliance.com/spawn-angela-neil-gaiman-todd-mcfarlane-ownership-settlement/

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Day 16- Oct. 2, 2018-  Spawn #26- Now co-owned by Neil Gaiman(!)

Writer: Neil Gaiman, Todd McFarlane

Artist / Cover: Todd McFarlane, Greg Capullo

Published: December 1, 1994

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Deep in Hell, Malebolgia gleefully details how Al is being groomed to lead Hell's armies. Meanwhile, in Heaven, Spawn is being interrogated about his clash with Angela. Back in the alley, Spawn spurns a plea for help from a down-and-out man. The man later commits suicide, leaving Spawn to ponder his earlier refusal (Image Comics, 2018).

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Day 17- Oct. 3, 2018-  Spawn #71-  1st appearance of Wolfram

Writer: Brian Holguin, Todd McFarlane

Artist: Greg Capullo

Cover: Greg Capullo, Danny Miki

Published: April 1, 1998

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While seeking a break from their detective work, Sam and Twitch stumble on to a chaotic scene in a lounge that defies explanation. The bar patrons are fighting violently while appearing to be in a trance-like state. They then observe someone kidnapping one of the girls. Losing the suspect, they later find the girl with her throat ripped out. Meanwhile, as Spawn surveys the aftermath of the alley war, he is attacked by a vampire (Wolfram; Image Comics, 2018).

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Wolfram (first appeared in Spawn #71) is a vampire from Heaven. He left the rogue group of vampires called the Kingdom bent on destroying the world and was subsequently killed by them for becoming a traitor (Spawn Wikia, n.d.). Simon Pure was the leader of the Kingdom, a group of 777 vampires who served Heaven. They were determined to lead the world as Earth's rightful leaders. Simon appeared in New York City as a mysterious figure in a bar. He approached Heaven's warrior Wolfram. He called Wolfram by name and told him the Kingdom had come for him. Wolfram refused and told him he wouldn't play by their rules. Simon wouldn't tolerate rogues and pulled out a sword and decapitated Wolfram (Spawn #107; Image Comics Wikia, n.d.).

PS. Spawn #290 hits comic shops today with 3 covers! Look like I'll be heading to the great Lost World of Wonders to grab my copies...

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Running with the wolves! The next three issues I’ll be posting all have wolves on the cover in honor of my run “Up North” into the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest with my disc golf crew. We’ll be playing courses in and around Highbridge and Bayfield, WI- just shy of the Apostle Islands. I’ve prepped and metered the text / images, and will attempt to post from my phone the next 3 days.

Day 18- Oct. 4, 2018-  Spawn #44-  wolves cover

Writer: Todd McFarlane

Artist: Tony Daniel

Cover: Tony Daniel, Kevin Conrad

Published: March 1, 1996

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When Angela helped Spawn escape Heaven, she lost her position as priority A-1 angel. Tiffany, a firecracker with a taste for blood, is determined to get the job; and her path to success leads straight through Spawn. Coming upon him in his weakened state, Tiffany confronts Spawn and a fierce battle ensues with Tiffany about to decapitate Spawn. Meanwhile, Sam and Twitch wonder why Banks took the fall when others were implicated in their investigation (Image Comics, 2018).

 

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Day 19- Oct. 5, 2018-  Spawn #105-  wolves cover

Writer: Brian Holguin, Steve Niles, Todd McFarlane

Artist: Angel Medina, Greg Capullo

Cover: Todd McFarlane

Published: February 20, 2001

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Overtkill returns and his mission is to bring back Spawn's head. But Spawn has become even more powerful since their last meeting, and it is Overtkill who ends up decapitated. The separated head gives Spawn the information he seeks: the name of the man who has financed and sent Overtkill. Meanwhile, there's a videotape of Spawn pulling victims of a plane crash from the water. The owner of the tape hopes to sell it to the highest bidder. Instead, he trades it for a bullet to the head (Image Comics, 2018).

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Day 20- Oct. 6, 2018-  Spawn #110-  wolves cover

Writer: Brian Holguin, Todd McFarlane

Artist: Angel Medina

Cover: Todd McFarlane, Greg Capullo

Published: July 1, 2001

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As Sam and Twitch wait at the appointed hour, Spawn arrives with Ab and Zab in tow. They are carrying the head of Wolfram in a bag. The two detectives are more than a little startled when Wolfram, after some encouragement from Ab, begins to speak and tells them what he knows about Simon Pure and The Kingdom. While Max Jr. realizes he may be past the point of no return with Dawn and her friends, Spawn finds a warehouse that he suspects is Simon Pure's headquarters. The structure itself is indestructible, and though the young inhabitants are no match for Spawn, he comes face to face with a truly formidable enemy: Simon Pure himself (Image Comics, 2018). 

 

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On 9/24/2018 at 6:23 AM, oldmilwaukee6er said:

Day 9- Sept. 24, 2018- Spawn #9- 1st appearance of Angela and Medieval Spawn (Angela poster by Jim Lee)

Writer: Neil Gaiman

Artist / Cover: Todd McFarlane

Published: April 1, 1993

In the Dark Ages, Angela disguises herself as a damsel in distress to lure a Spawn into a cave. Too late, the Spawn realizes he's been tricked by the Spawn-killing angel, who promptly dispatches the unfortunate creature. In the present, Angela continues her mission by attacking the modern Spawn, only to be defeated for the first time ever (Image Comic, 2018)!

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Early on, McFarlane was criticized for this writing. As Parker (2012) notes, “McFarlane had a decent skillset; he had an artist's sense of pacing, knew how to strike a mood, and even in that first issue we saw some snappy dialogue, especially with Sam and Twitch, the detectives on Spawn's trail. But his plotting skills left a lot to be desired, and Spawn's internal monologue comes off like a weak imitation of Miller that for some reason breaks into second-person for no reason at all. Perhaps that was a deciding element in his decision to draft several high-profile guest writers for a run.”

After Parker (2012)… “Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Dave Sim, and Frank Miller four of the most-celebrated writers of the 1980s and early 1990s, took over Spawn from #8 to #11. Each contribution is significant and controversial in its own way. Moore was first, with "In Heaven", a basic Alan Moore Swamp Thing-like tale of child molester Billy Kincaid's trip through the Spheres of Hell. The next issue, written by Neil Gaiman, is the source of a long-running legal dispute between Gaiman and McFarlane, which concluded in 2012. The dispute centers around the ownership of the characters Angela, Medieval Spawn, and Cogliostro. Though Gaiman has always maintained they were created by him specifically for that one-issue story, McFarlane added them to Spawn lore when Gaiman wasn't looking. These were recurring characters, and ones that got their own toys, and appearances in the animated series and 1997 film. McFarlane's image as a champion of creator's rights was seriously tarnished, which was particularly ironic considering the subject of the next issue. Dave Sim’s contribution to the Spawn legacy is easily the most compelling of the lot, delivering a story that is both dreamy and articulate. "Crossing Over" is an emotional/metaphysical plea for creator's rights that breaks the plane between fiction and reality.After some of McFarlane's best work on the series in the depiction of Creator's Hell, Sim appears as Cerebus to extol the virtues of self-publishing to Spawn/McFarlane. There was a big response for the story, and somewhat prophetically of the title, many readers did in fact cross over to begin reading independent comics. Cerebus's readership jumped, and at just the perfect time: about a year before the infamous issue #186, which cemented Sim's reputation as a misogynist and cut his fanbase in half. Essentially, it gave Sim a bigger audience for his meltdown. The last of the guest-written stories is issue 11, by Frank Miller, a collaboration that led to the Spawn/Batman crossover written by Miller and drawn by McFarlane. Even in retrospect, it exceeds expectations, and reads like a war poem performed by a coked-up caveman. While working on the project, McFarlane handed the reins over to Grant Morrison and Greg Capullo for three issues. In doing so, he became an administrator, and began his journey to entrepreneur (para. 9-13).”

PS. LOVE LOVE love going through old boxes and finding stuff I forgot about! Check out this NM+ Spawn #9 Newstand copy that I picked along my travels.

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Parker, J.R. (2012). Spawn 20 years later: Looking back at the quintessential ‘90s comic book. Retrieved from http://comicsalliance.com/spawn-compendium-20-years-todd-mcfarlane/

This is a classic issue by Neil Gaiman. Highly recommend. 

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Day 21- Oct. 7, 2018-  Spawn Toy Comic-  Spawnmobile

Writer: Eldon Asp

Artists: Brad Gorby (Pencils), Troy Hubbs (Inks), Tom Orzechowski (Letters)

Cover: Brad Gorby

Published: 1994 with Series 1 Spawnmobile boxed vehicle (SpawnWorld, 2012)

In honor of hauling back from the Apostle Islands / Lake Superior area of N Wisconsin (and the lady is back from conferencing in Indianapolis). 

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BONUS SCAN! Spawn Toy Comic-  Monster rig (c. 1994)

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I was a few hours late with the last two posts... what with all the disc golf, driving and drinking at Apple Fest. We played the mecca, Highbridge WI (a private ranch that includes 7 world class courses). Getting back in to the swing of working, teaching, and posting... I am choosing to highlight Spawn's rogues gallery this week. 

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Day 22- Oct. 8, 2018-  Spawn #14-  Rogues Gallery (Violator / Clown)

Writer / Artist / Cover: Todd McFarlane

Published: September 1, 1993

The Clown, a master of self-promotion, relates the story of a long-ago clash with Medieval Spawn. He portrays the ancient warrior in the worst possible light, preferring instead to feature his own fearsome actions. When a kick from Spawn's horse sends Violator flying, something snaps inside him and he unleashes a gout of mystical fire. The Violator cackles in triumph over the smoking form of his fallen foe (Image Comics, 2018).

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The Clown/Violator is Spawn's intended mentor on Earth and is the oldest and most powerful of five hell-born demons known as the Phlebiac Brothers. The Violator's current disguise is that of The Clown, a 5'6" overweight, balding man with menacing face-paint. His main purpose is to guide Hellspawns towards fulfilling Satan's desire: to cultivate Evil souls on Earth for Hell's Army. Spawn and the Violator often clash due to the Clown's persistent taunting of Spawn (such as #14 above). The Violator personally feels that humans are unworthy of the Hellspawn position, and often makes this point clear. He usually sees Spawn more as a rival than a threat as the two have fought on many occasions. He will often motivate Spawn or take advantage of his anger. He is shown to be very powerful force and has stated to have superhuman strength equivalent to that of 15 strong men. He can breathe fire, shape shift, possess others, and survive any form of attack with the exception of decapitation from an angel or Hellspawn. In 2009, Violator was ranked as IGN's 97th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time (Spawn Wikia, n.d.).

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