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  • Image Comics Announces Spawn's Universe

    Press release!

    Today, Image Comics' President Todd McFarlane announced his bold attempt at creating his own multi-character, interconnected comic book universe. His stated goal is to establish a shared fictional universe over time in the vein of what the other comic industry giants, Marvel, and DC Comics, have accomplished with their comic book universes.

    The announcement was given by McFarlane during a first look presentation at the Direct Market Retailers at the Annual ComicsPRO Conference.

    The character Spawn, created by McFarlane, will be at the forefront of the initial launch of new titles, but the long-term goal is that Spawn will become but one of many characters that will succeed not only in the comics industry but in many mediums across the globe.

    McFarlane will capitalize on the twenty-eight-year success story of Spawn, which has seen sales increase between 150 to 600% from pre-pandemic orders. The Spawn title currently is a top 5 monthly selling title on the Diamond Distributors Top 100 Chart. Recently, a new release of a Spawn figure on Kickstarter set a new Kickstarter record, in its category, for raising just under $3.5 million in 30 days. That figure was also recently awarded the prestigious People's Choice 2021 Toy of The Year (TOTY) by The Toy Association, Inc.

    As part of his announcement, McFarlane announced four new titles coming out in 2021, with three of them continuing as regular monthly titles, meaning that there will be an opportunity for fans of the Spawn character and his new expanding world to get their stories from it on a weekly basis instead of just twelve times a year.

    "The simple question is this: DC Comics started a shared universe in the late 1930s. Marvel Comics began theirs in the early 1960s… so, can lightning strike a third time beginning in 2021? I personally do not have the answer to that question right now, but the only way to get an answer to that question is to make the attempt in the first place, "said McFarlane, Image president, and Spawn Creator. "This is a long-intended plan that will need the help of dozens and dozens of creators to help create hundreds and hundreds of characters. And then to reward those creators if any of their ideas pay off in a big way outside of the comic industry. The quest isn't to have our ideas exclusively live in the comic book industry but to have merit and value outside of that industry as well. My character Spawn has been an example of what can happen with creation… so, what are the possibilities if hundreds of creations are brought together? Marvel and DC Comics have shown us that a collective group of characters, together, in a shared universe can resonate globally. I think it is time for David to attempt to join the same arena as the Goliaths of the world."

    In June, in what McFarlane is calling "2021 the Year of Spawn," comic retailers will be able to order SPAWN'S UNIVERSE #1. This will be a book that will set the stage with a story that will then spill out into the other new monthly titles. The first title will release in August with a book called KING SPAWN #1. The character Spawn will now join the rare company of stalwart characters, like Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man, that will have multiple monthly books for the same title character. It will also mark the first time in twenty-eight years that anyone can buy a monthly issue #1 Spawn book. It gives McFarlane hope of reaching a new generation of readers that missed out on the initial launch of the Spawn back in 1992.

    In October comes the second new monthly called GUNSLINGER SPAWN. This title character has been a huge hit among the fanbase over the past year, and each of his appearances has garnered enthusiasm at the stores and online.

    Finally, there will be a new #1 team book, which will band five characters together to fight against forces too big for any of them to take on alone. That book is titled THE SCORCHED. Spawn, Redeemer, Gunslinger, Medieval Spawn, and She-Spawn begins the group's adventures. However, McFarlane promises a rotating cast of heroes over the coming months to keep the roster of heroes fresh. He also said that he would be bringing in new major villains into the fold, too.

    To lend a creative hand on some of this expanding list of titles, McFarlane has recruited an all-star list of comic book creators such as Art Adams, Jason Shawn Alexander, Carlo Barberi, Brett Booth, J. Scott Campbell, Greg Capullo, Donny Cates, Jim Cheung, Mike del Mundo, Javier Fernandez, David Finch, Jonathan Glapion, Kevin Keane, Aleš Kot, Puppeteer Lee, Sean Lewis, Sean Gordon Murphy, Ben Oliver, Stephen Segovia, Paulo Siqueira, Marc Silvestri, Marcio Takara, and Frank Quitely, as well as others he will be announcing in the coming months.

    All of this just continued to build on the mythology of Spawn and his world. The original SPAWN book is one of the world's bestselling and longest-running comics, with over 100 million copies sold in more than 120 countries.

    In 2019, McFarlane made history with the release of the historic SPAWN #300 and record-breaking SPAWN #301. These milestones have earned McFarlane the Guinness World Records title for the world's longest-running creator-owned comic book series. SPAWN #300 became the 2nd highest-selling comic title and was also the only character to place two of its issues in the Top 11 for highest-selling issues for that year.

    A new movie of SPAWN is currently in development with BlumHouse Studios, Jamie Foxx, and Jeremy Renner, all attached to the project as McFarlane will be making his directorial debut on the film when it goes into production.

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  • #2
    Sure, Todd. Good luck.

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    • #3
      I feel like he's always overestimated the interest in Spawn. I don't think the industry will support multiple Spawn titles. The main book has no story, what are the other three books going to about? Even less story?
      "When I die, I hope to go to Accra"

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      • #4
        They kind of already did that but failed to follow through. There were multiple Spawn spinoffs over the years. Violator/Clown got a miniseries as did Angela. Cy-Gor got a spinoff and that was supposed to be the next big thing... Then you have Spawn The Impaler, Spawn the Dark Ages (which was good), Medieval Spawn, Curse of the Spawn (also very good), the Sam and Twitch comic (heard it was good), and then Hellspawn (VERY good)... Not to mention the connection with Chapel who Liefeld created and devoted another short lived spinoff too in-between Chapel being part of Blood League/Bad Blood Busters/Patriot Blood/Whatever the title was it was Blood Something. And that time Spawn fought The Savage Dragon in Hell.
        "Ah! By god's balls what licentiousness!"

        Marquis de Sade, The 120 Days of Sodom.

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        • #5
          I remember enjoying Angela, Medieval Spawn and Sam & Twitch back when they came out. Don't think I read any of the other ones.
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          • #6
            I'll pitch a Spawn Meets Cankor book to Todd.

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            • #7
              That's fucking awesome. Was that a commission?
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Ian Jane View Post
                That's fucking awesome. Was that a commission?
                It was, yeah. And now Todd's editor has seen it on Instagram so fingers crossed...
                Now everyone can have a complete KRULL lifestyle.

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                • #9
                  Seriously, your style would be a perfect fit for it and I would buy the shit out of that book.
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                  • #10
                    Is that the Spawn piece you did before or another one? It looks incredible.
                    "When I die, I hope to go to Accra"

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                    • #11
                      McFarlane will be on the Previews channel in a few hours to talk about this.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Scott View Post
                        Is that the Spawn piece you did before or another one? It looks incredible.
                        Thanks! That's a new one that I did as a commission last year.
                        Now everyone can have a complete KRULL lifestyle.

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                        • #13
                          Press release!

                          Tempe, Ariz. March 30, 2021 - Beginning in June, Todd McFarlane officially releases the beginning of his new “world-building” universe. Nearly 30 years in the making, the highly anticipated SPAWN'S UNIVERSE #1 is set to visually expand with a reveal of some of the stunning artwork by superstar artists Brett Booth, Jim Cheung, McFarlane and colorist FCO. McFarlane takes on the writing duties for this inaugural book that will be the launchpad to build a bigger multi-character, interconnected comic book universe based around his top-selling monthly SPAWN comic.

                          SPAWN'S UNIVERSE #1 will be available with several variant covers. Most prominently, featuring the extraordinary artwork of J. Scott Campbell, who will be doing a set of four covers, each depicting one of the major characters who will be making the biggest impact in all the 2021 comic titles McFarlane is unleashing. Additional variant covers will be created by McFarlane and a group cover by artist Brett Booth - with inks by McFarlane. More covers and incentives will be announced later. However, these initial six covers will set the stage for over a dozen high profile artists to add their depiction of SPAWN and other fan-favorite heroes that will set the stage for three new monthly spin-off SPAWN titles: KING SPAWN, GUNSLINGER SPAWN, and THE SCORCHED, all releasing nationwide in 2021.

                          Contained inside SPAWN'S UNIVERSE #1 will be four different stories - SPAWN, SHE-SPAWN, MEDIEVAL SPAWN, and GUNSLINGER SPAWN - highlighting different SPAWN characters from the past and present. As well as the introduction of new villains. The acclaimed artists working on each of the chapters will be:

                          JIM CHEUNG - chapter with SPAWN
                          BRETT BOOTH - chapter with GUNSLINGER SPAWN,
                          STEPHEN SEGOVIA - chapter with MEDIEVAL SPAWN
                          MARCIO TAKARA - chapter with SHE-SPAWN

                          SPAWN'S UNIVERSE #1, a 52-page, one-shot issue, will launch in June with a retail price of only $5.99. Given the current pricing from other comic companies, this will be one of comic's most outstanding value of the year!

                          McFarlane's vision is to create new exciting superheroes and new major villains over the next year and beyond.

                          Todd McFarlane said, “I've waited almost 30 years to be able to get to this moment. To deliver on ideas, I hope they will grow from this initial seed called SPAWN'S UNIVERSE #1 into a fully formed world populated with hundreds and hundreds of characters in the near future. The stage will be set with this book, and soon I'll be launching into new monthly titles for the first time since 1992. I can't wait to show comic readers all the crazy ideas in my head as well as opening up the floodgate to so many talented creators that have said they'd like to join me on this journey.”

                          It has been more than 28 years for collectors and fans since a SPAWN #1 title has released, and 2021 will bring four new Spawn-related #1 titles to comic retailers nationwide. In 1992, the SPAWN comic's first issue was released and sold an unprecedented 1.7 million copies, a record still unsurpassed for a creator-owned comic book. The original SPAWN book is one of the world's bestselling and longest-running comics, with over 100 million copies sold in more than 120 countries.


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                          • #14
                            Some preview pages for King Spawn #1 have popped up online.

                            https://bleedingcool.com/comics/donn...-inside-pages/
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                            • #15
                              If Todd wanted to create new heroes for the last ten years, why the fuck didn't he just do it?

                              What a douchebag.

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