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Todd McFarlane Announces Four New Titles Building His Own Shared Comic Universe

Image Comics‘ President Todd McFarlane has announced his 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.

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.

Spawn #315 Gets Covers by Björn Barends, Stephen Segovia, Greg Capullo and Todd McFarlane

Image Comics has unveiled five breathtaking Spawn #315 covers featuring artwork by Björn Barends, Stephen Segovia, and three covers by Greg Capullo and two of those inked by Image Comics President and partner Todd McFarlane.

The trio of Capullo/McFarlane variants will highlight each stage of the team’s creative process—from raw pencils, to inks, to the final colored version done by the colorist FCO. Also… Introducing the first appearance of: The PLAGUE…!

Collectors will want to jump on board and acquire all three of these highly sought after covers, along with those done by Barends and Segovia, when all of them land in stores Wednesday, February 24. 

Spawn #315 begins part three of the “Omega Society” storyline. Spawn. Medieval Spawn. Plague. And Monolith take on the gigantic force of OMEGA-SPAWN.

Spawn #315 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 24.

  • Spawn #315 Cover A Barends – DEC200233
  • Spawn #315 Cover B Capullo & McFarlane – DEC200234
  • Spawn #315 Cover C Segovia – DEC200235
  • Spawn #315 Cover D 50 copy incentive Capullo Raw Pencils – DEC208791
  • Spawn #315 Cover E Capullo & McFarlane B&W – DEC208792 

See McFarlane and Capullo’s Art Process in Variant Covers for Spawn #314

Image Comics has unveiled three stunning Spawn #314 covers drawn by Greg Capullo and inked by Image Comics Co-Founder Todd McFarlane, which will showcase the creative process from the raw pencils, to the inks, and finally the colored version. All three of these collectible covers will showcase the three steps in making a comic book cover and each will be available at comic shops in January.

In Spawn #314, fans will see the return of Omega Spawn…! This towering super-villain becomes the driving force towards Spawn assembling his new Super-Team. Medieval Spawn joins the action this issue!

The “raw” pencil cover highlighting Capullo’s art will be a 1:50 incentive cover for retailers.

Spawn #314 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, January 27.

  • Spawn #314 Cover A by Francis Mattina – Diamond Code NOV200169
  • Spawn #314 Cover B by Greg Capullo & McFarlane (color version) – Diamond Code NOV200170
  • Spawn #314 Cover C by Tonton Revolver – Diamond Code NOV200171
  • Spawn #314 Cover D 1:50 incentive (raw Capullo pencils version) – Diamond Code NOV208317
  • Spawn #314 Cover E by Capullo & McFarlane (inks version) – inquire with your local comic shop

Go Back to the Beginning with the Image Spawn Sale

It’s one of the longest-running comics out there and a record-breaking series. Go back to the beginning and get Spawn… and save. Until December 17, you can get up to 50% of the series on comiXology with the “Image Spawn Sale!

There’s 441 releases on sale now collecting the Image launching character from the beginning. You can get trades for half off and single issues for just $0.99. Get the main series or one of the numerous mini-series and tie-ins.

Get saving now and get caught up on this history making series.

Spawn Origins Vol. 1

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Go Back to the Beginning with the Image Spawn Sale

It’s one of the longest-running comics out there and a record-breaking series. Go back to the beginning and get Spawn… and save. Until December 17, you can get up to 50% of the series on comiXology with the “Image Spawn Sale!

There’s 441 releases on sale now collecting the Image launching character from the beginning. You can get trades for half off and single issues for just $0.99. Get the main series or one of the numerous mini-series and tie-ins.

Get saving now and get caught up on this history making series.

Spawn Origins Vol. 1

This site contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from these sites. Making purchases through these links helps support the site.

Go Back to the Beginning with the Image Spawn Sale

It’s one of the longest-running comics out there and a record-breaking series. Go back to the beginning and get Spawn… and save. Until December 17, you can get up to 50% of the series on comiXology with the “Image Spawn Sale!

There’s 441 releases on sale now collecting the Image launching character from the beginning. You can get trades for half off and single issues for just $0.99. Get the main series or one of the numerous mini-series and tie-ins.

Get saving now and get caught up on this history making series.

Spawn Origins Vol. 1

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Greg Capullo Returns to Spawn for Four Covers

Starting with the cover for Spawn # 313, the dynamic pencil art of legendary artist Greg Capullo makes his return to Spawn with a four-issue run of spectacular new covers! Capullo does his magic with his pencils while Spawn creator Todd McFarlane does the inks. These never-before-seen pieces of artwork will—once again—remind readers of what they saw from this classic art team from Spawn’s early days.

Four covers, over the next four months, from two of the comic book industry’s biggest talents—”King” Capullo has never been better! 

Spawn #313 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, December 23.

  • Spawn #313 Cover A by Björn Barends – Diamond Code OCT200225
  • Spawn #313 Cover B by McFarlane – Diamond Code OCT200226
  • Spawn #313 Cover C by Capullo & McFarlane – Diamond Code OCT200227
  • Spawn #313 Cover D McFarlane B&W (limited) – Diamond Code OCT208576 

Around the Tubes

Terminal Punks #1

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Bloody Disgusting – ‘Spawn’ Reboot: Blumhouse Working “to Get the Story Right” – Guesses if this film will ever get made?

Reviews

Geek Dad – Detective Comics #1030
The Beat – Dethany and the Other Clique
Collected Editions – Supergirl Vol. 3 Infectious
The Beat – Terminal Punks #1
CBR – Terminal Punks #1

Image Reveals Local Comic Shop Day 202 Exclusive Variants for Ice Cream Man, Invincible, Monstress, and Spawn

Image Comics will participate in ComicsPro’s Local Comic Shop Day 2020 this year on Wednesday, November 25 with four exclusive variants in celebration of the Direct Market retailers.

The variants will include a special Green Eggs & Ham homage variant of Ice Cream Man #20 by W. Maxwell Prince and Martín Morazzo, a flashy gold foil edition of the Invincible #1 by Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker for fans getting excited about the upcoming Amazon Prime Original TV adaptation, a gorgeous gold foil edition of the Monstress: Talk Stories #1 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda that even professor Tam Tam will approve of, and a comic shop name-dropping variant of Spawn #312 by Todd McFarlane himself to feed fans’ feverish Spawnmania.

About ICE CREAM MAN #20 (Diamond Code SEP209164)—
One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish. Three fish, four fish, have some more fish. Five fish, six fish—are you sickish? Seven fish, eight fish…it’s getting late fish. Nine fish, ten fish, everyone you love will die and life is pointless so why even get out of bed you little worm you sick little insect with your sad flailing arms and creepy-crawly legs my god I’ve never seen such a pathetic specimen how sad how truly tragic…red fish, blue fish. 

Green Eggs & Ham homage LCSD 2021 edition of the standalone issue from ICE CREAM MAN that sold out multiple times and caused a stir for it’s creepy satirization of classic children’s stories.

ICE CREAM MAN #20

About INVINCIBLE #1 (Diamond Code SEP209165)—
Strange things begin to happen to Mark Grayson as he develops superpowers. Luckily, his dad is around to show him the ropes, at least he WOULD be if he weren’t so busy saving the world all the time. Mark is forced to go out on his own, and try and figure out how all this superheroing business works. The results are a monumental disaster. Meanwhile, there’s trouble at school when Mark is dragged into a fight of epic proportions.

This LCSD 2020 edition of the debut issue of the long running INVINCIBLE series by Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker will introduce the action packed adventure to a whole new audience of readers since its original launch in 2003. Now fans can revisit the iconic superhero story of Mark Grayson in anticipation of the upcoming Amazon Prime Original TV show adaptation coming soon and featuring the voices of fan-favorite Steven Yeun (THE WALKING DEAD), Academy and Golden Globe award winning J.K. Simmons, and two time Golden Globe winning Sandra Oh of the popular TV series Killing Eve!

INVINCIBLE #1

About MONSTRESS: TALK STORIES #1 (Diamond Code SEP209163)—
Bridging the gap between the fifth and sixth arc (which resumes in January 2021), MONSTRESS returns with TALK-STORIES, a two-part limited series that invites you to eat dumplings beside the fire and listen as Kippa recounts a defining moment from her childhood.

Whether caught up on the latest issue of MONSTRESS or not, fans will enjoy this delightful spinoff and will want to get their hands on this highly collectable Gold Foil LCSD edition.

MONSTRESS: TALK STORIES #1

About SPAWN #312 (Diamond Code SEP209162)—
This LCSD 2020 SPAWN #312 cover will be a variant of Todd McFarlane’s cover for the issue—only instead of listing out the names of those who’ve contributed to SPAWN over the years, this LCSD 2020 cover will wraparound and feature the names of retailers who are registered for the 2020 Local Comic Shop Day festivities! (For retailers who haven’t registered yet, there’s still time! Pop over to comicspro.com/lcsd2020 and register before 5pm PDT on Sunday, November 1 and you’ll be added to the cover!)

SPAWN #312 Local Comic Shop Day

Around the Tubes

Spawn #309 3rd Printing

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Comichron – Venom, X of Swords, Thor lead September Diamond comics sales; Spawn fourth; market shares resume – For those that enjoy the race.

Kotaku – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Streams On Twitch With Hasan Piker And Pokimane, Draws Over 430,000 Viewers – This is the future of politics. And that’s not a bad thing.

Reviews

Geek Dad – Catwoman #26
Collected Editions – Deathstroke: R.I.P.
Comic Attack – Scarenthood #1
Laughing Place – Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #6
Monkeys Fighting Robots – You Look Like Death: Tales of the Umbrella Academy #2

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