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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 23- Oct. 9, 2018-  Spawn #83-  Rogues Gallery (Jason Wynn)

Writer: Brian Holguin, Todd McFarlane

Artist: Greg Capullo

Cover: Todd McFarlane, Greg Capullo

Published: May 1, 1999

Spawn approaches Sam & Twitch again about discovering an effective way to stop Billy Kincaid from supplying Hell's army with souls. Meanwhile, a reassigned Jason Wynn hallucinates that he is as powerful, deadly, and ruthless as the legendary Genghis Khan. As he imagines himself "Jason the Conqueror," he opens fire on innocent people in a restaurant. Later, when he returns to reality, he finds himself dirty and disoriented in Spawn's alley where Bobby befriends him (Image Comics, 2018).

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Jason Wynn is a crime lord and business man who killed Al Simmons (Spawn). He is one of the main antagonists of the Spawn series. He is one of Spawn's arch-enemies alongside The Violator, Malebolgia, and Mammon.

Wynn made a deal with Malebolgia in which he traded the soul of Simmons in exchange for psychoplasm, a supernatural substance containing profound powers and is the very essence of what Hell is made of in the Spawn universe. After this, he would work on and off with the Clown to bring about the end of Spawn. When Mammon restored the Clown's existence on Earth and gave the Clown a pass to take a new body, he chose Wynn, went on a killing spree, and eventually committed suicide allowing the Clown to take full possession of his body. Throughout his career, Wynn has gathered incriminating information/evidence on various governments and organizations, providing him a bargaining chip to bring back his authority if lost and preventing him from being terminated. However, Spawn destroyed all the evidence Wynn had found, allowing Wynn to be vulnerable to those who want him dead. Wynn’s powers include genius-level intellect, tactics, manipulation, martial arts, and marksmanship (Spawn Wikia, n.d.).

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Day 24- Oct. 10, 2018-  Spawn #31-  Rogues Gallery (Redeemer)

Writer: Todd McFarlane

Artist / Cover: Todd McFarlane, Greg Capullo

Published: May 1, 1995

Spawn returns to New York and reclaims his throne. Meanwhile, Heaven has selected another Redeemer. This one is pure of heart, and therefore more powerful. Spawn is easily defeated, and his ravaged armor momentarily shuts down. The Redeemer then teleports himself away with Bobby, the bum that Spawn brought back to life (Image Comics, 2018).

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The Redeemer is Heaven's answer to the war against the Hellspawn and all the unholy forces of darkness. The Redeemer is essentially an Anti-Spawn, made from Angel Fire, heavens version of necroplasm. By his very nature, this champion of Heaven is an enemy of the current Spawn, who has dedicated himself to battling the forces of both Heaven and Hell in defense of the mortal world, which is often endangered by their apocalyptic power-struggles.

There were three people who were given the form of the Anti-Spawn. The first one appeared in Spawn #16. This one had an alter ego of Jason Wynn, and a slightly different appearance from the other Redeemers. The Redeemer was one of Spawn's most difficult enemies, in fact he was only defeated (the first time) by being distracted by alley bums, thusly giving Spawn an opportunity to defeat the Wynn Redeemer.

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Spawn #16- 1st appearance of the Redeemer, created by Grant Morrison and Todd McFarlane. "Meanwhile, Heaven is worried is because Spawn has defeated Angela, and they decided to create a soldier to avenge this loss. In a supreme stroke of irony, Wynn is selected, and receives the Elemental Fire of Heaven, transforming him into the Redeemer. The soldier of light returns to Earth determined to destroy Spawn once and for all" (Image Comics, 2018). This book is also Greg Capullo's first Spawn issue. 

The second Redeemer was a former criminal; who while in jail became highly religious. This new "Redeemed" man was named Phil Timper. Timper, released after two years for Grand Theft, was in a soup kitchen giving food to homeless before he is teleported to an angel station, where he is painfully infused with Angel Fire. The Timper Redeemer easily dispatches Spawn and this caused Spawn’s costume to change to a more intimidating, armored form.

The third Redeemer (shown on the cover of Spawn #31 above) is heavily armored, carries a sword, and has two large wings. This Redeemer is the transformed soul of Eddie Frank, who murdered his father due to Spawn's actions earlier in the series. This Redeemer is quite a match for Spawn, until Spawn eventually cuts Redeemer’s wings off with his own sword. The Redeemer then transforms back into Eddie Frank. The Redeemer possesses several supernatural abilities at his disposal, including energy/fire/matter manipulation, telekinesis, teleportation, superhuman speed/strength/stamina, flight, and regeneration. As an aside, an Ancient Redeemer is seen in a spin-off of the Spawn series called Spawn: The Dark Ages and Redeemer appears in most of the Spawn’s video games and is the main antagonist / final boss of Spawn: Armageddon for PS2/Xbox/GameCube (Spawn Wikia, n.d.).

 

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Day 25- Oct. 11, 2018-  Spawn #53-  Rogues Gallery (Malebolgia)

Writer: Todd McFarlane

Artist: Greg Capullo

Cover: Todd McFarlane, Greg Capullo

Published: September 1, 1996

Al Simmons is returned to his demonic birthplace where he is tormented by a demon in the likeness of Wanda. When he realizes that Malebolgia has tricked him, he destroys the demon and passes another of the Malebolgia's tests. Malebolgia then agrees to leave Wanda alone in exchange for Al's loyalty and servitude. Spawn then enters Terry's dreams where he suddenly awakens knowing that Al is "alive” (Image Comics, 2018).

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Malebolgia is a powerful Demon in the Spawn universe, drawing its name from the term in Dante's Inferno used to describe Malebolge, the ditches (bolge) in the Eighth Circle of Hell where the evil (male) are punished. He was Spawn's master and is responsible for the creation of Spawn. It is eventually revealed that Malebolgia is one of Hell's many rulers, a being from the Eighth Circle who has been around for approximately 70,000 years, forming an army in his war against Heaven and God. It has been noted that Malebolgia is constantly at war with the rulers of the other spheres of Hell, as well as at odds with Mammon. He is one of Spawn's arch-enemies alongside Jason Wynn and Violator.

Malebolgia is slain in Spawn #100 (described in a previous posting). Spawn is offered the crown of the Eighth Circle, and though he declines, Spawn still receives enhanced powers and a command over Hell itself. Malebolgia returns in Spawn #199 and swears to kill all those who tried to prevent his return, including the Violator who had sided with Malebolgia's greatest rival, Mammon, after Malebolgia's fall.

Malebolgia’s powers include Necro Energies like raising the dead, matter manipulation, super strength, recuperative abilities, and abilities to shapeshift and induce hallucinations. His standing in Hell's hierarchy gives him vast power while in the Eighth Circle. His mastery of necroplasm gives him the exclusive ability to create Hellspawn and during his rule, he creates an army larger and more powerful than anything Heaven or he himself could handle (Malebolgia, n.d.).

References

Malebolgia. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malebolgia.

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Day 26- Oct. 12, 2018-  Spawn #38-  Rogues Gallery (Cy-Gor)

Writer: Julia Simmons, Todd McFarlane

Artist: Tony Daniel

Cover: Tony Daniel, Kevin Conrad

Published: December 1, 1995

While Cog explains how Spawn's former government masters tricked him, more trouble brews elsewhere. The late scientist Frederick Wilheim worked on two secret projects: fusing bionics with an ape for the government and re-animating his dead wife. Wilheim died before he could help his wife, but not before creating Cy-Gor - a hulking mass of cyber-simian fury (Image Comics, 2018).

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Cy-Gor was created by Todd McFarland as a character for his toy then introduced in Spawn #38 (Spawn Wikia, n.d.). Michael Konieczni was Al Simmons' friend and squad mate. When he discovered the truth about Al's murder, he attempted to blow the whistle on Jason Wynn. However, he was stopped and subjected to project Sim, the Simian experiments of neurologist Frederick Willheim meant to create an ape/super-human soldier. Michael was transformed into the beast known as Cy-Gor, short of Cybernetic Gorilla (Image Comics Wikia, n.d.).

Cy-Gor wants to kill his creator, who he believes to be Al Simmons. He tracked Simmons to New York City based on his aura. Upon finding Spawn, he was bested by the creatures of the darkness and was suffocated and knocked out. Cy-Gor is eventually experimented on by another scientist, Werner Zevon, before escaping, taking over a death cult, and eventually leaving for Serbia (Image Comics Wikia, n.d.).

Cy-Gor’s powers include cybernetic enhancement and gadgetry, superhuman agility, senses, sight, and speed, mechanokinesis, accelerated healing (he can repair his injuries and run self-diagnostics) and demolitions.

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Day 27- Oct. 13, 2018-  Spawn #47-  Rogues Gallery (Tremor)

Writer: Todd McFarlane

Artist: Greg Capullo

Cover: Todd McFarlane, Greg Capullo

Published: April 15, 1996

In his mansion, Twistelli waits for Tremor to show up, planning to capture him and send him to Sicily to replace the missing Overtkill. When Tremor arrives, he finds his brother acting as Twistelli's bodyguard. Spawn appears and warns Twistelli to stay away from Wanda. Meanwhile, Clown enlists the help of Wynn to bring down Spawn. And Cog wonders if Spawn's costume has overpowered its master (Image Comics, 2018).

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Tremor, formerly Richard Massullo, was first introduced in Spawn #25 (Spawn Wikia, n.d.). Massullo was a mobster who wished to put his life of crime and violence behind him and raise his family. Unfortunately, His employer Tony Twist had other plans. Masullo was forced to become a candidate for the mob-run super-soldier program that spawned Overt-Kill. When Richard escaped, Twistelli had his wife and baby murdered. Having nothing to live for but revenge he tried to blackmail Spawn into helping him. Spawn sympathized for him and tried to help him, but ended up breaking Tremor’s brother David’s arms and legs to send a message to Twistelli. Tremor then tells Spawn he will kill him for his treachery (Tremor (comics), n.d.).

Tremor has been conspicuously absent from the book for a very long time. This is most likely because of the legal issues surrounding the Tony Twist character, since Tremor's role in the book is to seek revenge on Twist. McFarlane has also stated in the past that he feels the character is very "cartoony" and thus not suited for current storylines (Tremor (comics), n.d.).

Tremor’s powers and abilities include cybernetic enhancement, superhuman strength and reflexes, regenerative powers, healing abilities, incredible stamina, enhanced durability, fangs and claws. ASIDE- More recently, Tremor joined a new version of The Brigade (c. 2010).

BONUS SCAN! Spawn Toy Comic (Tremor, c. 1994). 

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Day 28- Oct. 14, 2018-  Spawn #73-  Rogues Gallery (The Heap)

Writer: Brian Holguin, Todd McFarlane

Artist: Greg Capullo

Cover: Greg Capullo, Danny Miki

Published: June 1, 1998

Sam & Twitch encounter Cog in their office. Cog leaves them a dossier to help Spawn. Eddie Beckett, who found the bag of necroplasm left by the Freak, is stabbed in an alley. With the aid of the necroplasm, he morphs into the Heap, a ghoulish creature consisting of the rubbish mankind has discarded. As the heat in Manhattan climbs to 130 degrees, the angel Bootsy asks Cog to help Spawn. Meanwhile, Spawn encounters the Heap and is absorbed into the Heap's refuse body (Image Comics, 2018).

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Eddie Beckett, AKA The Heap, was a regular street bum in New York City. One day he walked through the alleys morning his wife's death from cancer. He found a bag of Necroplasm that had been left behind by The Freak. The bag of Necroplasm is knocked out his hand when he is stabbed and Eddie bled out on the verge of dying. The Necroplasm creeped towards his wound and invaded his body transforming him into the Heap. Soon, a sudden heatwave struck New York City. Meteorologists and geologists were unable to explain the phenomena as temperatures reach as high as 130 and many citizens flee the city. The Spawn headed to the Dead Zone to find Boots were he suddenly sensed a danger. The Heap absorbed Spawn into his body. Spawn battled Heap attempting to break free of his hold. After continually smashing through him, and Heap rebuilding himself with trash growing larger and larger, Spawn began to despair as he was consumed inside the growing mess of Heap.

The Heap’s powers includes claws, superhuman stamina and strength, regeneration (The Heap is able to rebuild himself out of trash when injured), and hand-to-hand combat.

BIG ASIDE—The Heap is the name of several fictional comic book muck-monsters, the original of which first appeared in Hillman's Air Fighters Comics #3 (cover-dated Dec. 1942; he had a backup feature in Airboy Comics vol. 3, #9 to vol. 10, #4 (1946-1953). In 1986, Eclipse Comics, having acquired rights to some Hillman characters, began publishing a new Airboy comic with the Heap as a supporting character (when Eclipse Comics went bankrupt Image Comics purchased the Eclipse assets). A similar character called The Heap, who did not share the original character's origin or identity, appeared in the publisher Skywald's black-and-white horror-comics magazine Psycho #2-13 (1971-1973; The Heap Comics, n.d.).

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Photo taken from eBay completed auctions. 

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Day 29- Oct. 15, 2018-  Spawn #151-  The Rogues Gallery

Writer: David Hine

Artist / Cover: Philip Tan

Published: December 1, 2005

Spawn was created to lead the armies of Hell in the war of Armageddon. The only catch is Spawn wants nothing to do with Hell - or Heaven for that matter. Disfigured, homeless and alone, this warrior wanders the shadowy alleys of the world in search of his place in the scheme of things (Image Comics, 2018).

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One of the things that struck me in reviewing the first 125+ issues is that Spawn is featured on 95% of the covers and no cover of the villain Mammon. Besides the villain covers already posted, there are only another 2-3 covers that feature a villain. However, Spawn #151 features a wraparound cover by Philip Tan with ALL of them!

 

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Day 30- Oct. 16, 2018-  Spawn #37-  Rogues Gallery (The Freak)

Writer: Alan Moore, Todd McFarlane

Artist: Greg Capullo

Cover: Todd McFarlane, Greg Capullo

Published: November 1, 1995

Spawn saves the Freak, a strange new alley creature, from a gang of thugs. The Freak tells him how his family was killed and his mind altered by a Dr. Delirium, a crazed scientist. Now revenge is his sole purpose for living. With Spawn's help. Freak invades Delirium's lair and kills him -- but is this freakish figure everything he claims (Image Comics, 2018a)?

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The Freak first appeared in Spawn #33 as a background character where he saves Violator from drowning and then ran off (ComicVine, 2018). He reappears later while attacked by a gang of thugs when Spawn comes and saves him. The Freak tricks Spawn into killing his therapist with an elaborate story. Later, the Freak enlists a gang of the homeless to lure Spawn to the Dead Zone, where Simmons is rendered completely powerless. While in the Dead Zone, Spawn’s former neighbors succeed in beheading and crucifying him (Image Comics, 2018b).

The Freak’s powers include claws, his feral nature in unarmed combat, immortality, intellect, leadership, super speed and strength , and teleportation.

BONUS SCANS! Spawn #37 newstand copy

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Spawn #33 1st appearance of the Freak (villain cover)

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Day 31- Oct. 17, 2018-  Spawn #289 (Rogues as Allies)

Writer: Todd McFarlane

Artist / Variant Cover: Jason Shawn Alexander

Cover: Francesco Mattina

Published: September 5, 2018

The countdown to the giant-sized 300th issue begins here! Spawn catches his first victim as he continues to search for the men responsible for his wife's death (Image Comics, 2018).

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After laying out the Rogues Gallery, now is a good time to jump briefly to the present. Spawn #289, released last month, teases the direction of the series heading into issue #300. At the end of #289, classic villains Overt-Kill, Cy-Gor, The Curse, and The Freak make their return—not as villains, but as allies. The reveal punctuates a long-running storyline in which Spawn infiltrates a prison holding the remains of his dismembered foes. And Spawn is recruiting for his own war (Stone, 2018).

Stone, S. (2018). The Spawn #289 bombshell: The return of Overt-Kill, Cy-Gor, The Curse, and The Freak. Image Comics. Retrieved from https://imagecomics.com/features/the-spawn-289-bombshell-the-return-of-overt-kill-cy-gor-the-curse-and-the-f

BONUS SCAN! Spawn #289B- Alexander cover

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Day 32- Oct. 18, 2018-  Spawn #18

Writer: Grant Morrison

Artist / Cover: Greg Capullo

Published: February 1, 1994

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The homeless distract the Redeemer while Spawn recovers. As he fights, Spawn gradually realizes that his foes powers are being depleted. With a final blast, he downs the Redeemer, who is transported back to his heavenly creators. Afterward, Spawn returns to Simmonsville and destroys this reminder of a happier time. He accepts that sorrow and loneliness have become his fate (Image Comics).

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Day 33- Oct. 19, 2018-  Spawn #43

Writer: Todd McFarlane

Artist: Greg Capullo

Cover: Todd McFarlane, Greg Capullo

Published: February 15, 1996

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When Chief Banks dismisses Sam and Twitch, the duo heads to the press with evidence linking the chief to child killer Billy Kincaid. Wynn, alerted to the story, eliminates all trace of his involvement and lets Banks take the fall. Cornered, Banks takes his own life. Spawn slowly rejuvenates himself after surviving the Curse's torture. Getting stronger, he gradually makes his way back to New York (Image Comics, 2018).

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Day 34- Oct. 20, 2018-  Spawn #46

Writer: Todd McFarlane

Artist: Tony Daniel

Cover: Tony Daniel, Kevin Conrad

Published: April 1, 1996

Tremor, thirsting for revenge against the man who ruined his life and killed his family, picks off Twistelli's hit men. Twistelli saves his own life by telling Tremor that his brother still lives. Tremor seeks Spawn's help. Spawn at first refuses, but changes his mind when Tremor brings back one of Twistelli's hit men who's willing to talk. Meanwhile, Terry's illness is getting worse (Image Comics, 2018).

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Bats, bats and more bats! That is my theme for the next couple of days. Today is a grand day for collecting. The Lady purchased me two new Dr. Aphra 3.75" Star Wars Vintage figures on Amazon and they arrived. I hit the LCS yesterday and found two Usagi Yojimbo books on my want list (Vol. 2 #2 upgrade and #13), I finished my grading and have the weekend free, and we have Twenty One Pilots tonight at the newly minted Fiserv Forum. The rest of the time will be spent prepping for our big Halloween party, working on my Pickle Rick costume (The lady is going as iZombie's Liv), and trying to scan more Spawn books. And Liverpool won. 

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Day 35- Oct. 21, 2018-  Spawn #48

Writer: Todd McFarlane

Artist: Tony Daniel

Cover: Tony Daniel, Kevin Conrad

Published: May 1, 1996

In his office, Wynn plots against Sam and Twitch, setting up a secret meeting where they are to be eliminated. Meanwhile, Terry has finally linked Wynn to illegal activities, but blacks out due to a mysterious illness. In Rat City, Spawn builds a hideout. Cog wonders who is building it - Spawn or his costume (Image Comics, 2018).

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