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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 

ComiXology Has Four New Releases including McFarlane Spider-Man and Art Adams X-Men

There are four new releases today on comiXology from Marvel, Harlequin, and Yen Press. You can get shopping now or check out the individual releases below.

Spider-Man Legends Vol. 3: Todd Mcfarlane Book 3

Written by David Michelinie
Art by Todd McFarlane
Cover by Todd McFarlane
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Collects Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #315-323, 325, 328.

After a wildly popular run on Spider-Man, artist Todd McFarlane set a record for the highest selling single comic book ever – a record that stands to this day – and later went on to create the multimedia phenomenon known as Spawn. Now, in this third collection of his best Spider-Man stories, see how the legend of Spider-Man grew, and the legend of Todd McFarlane began. Featuring the mega-popular VENOM in the stories that turned him into a comics’ sensation.

Spider-Man Legends Vol. 3: Todd Mcfarlane Book 3

X-Men Legends: Art Adams

Written by Chris Claremont, Walt Simonson
Art by Terry Austin, Al Gordon, Mike Mignola, Al Milgrom, Art Thibert, Bob Wiacek
Cover by Arthur Adams
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Collects New Mutants Special Edition #1; Uncanny X-Men Annual #9-10, 12; Fantastic Four #347-349.

Before manga hit it big, Art Adams brought big monsters, big eyes and cinematic action to the Marvel Universe. This volume collects the best of Adams’ Marvel work, from his landmark work on the X-Men to his odd-couple new FF team of Spider-Man, the Hulk, Wolverine & Ghost Rider.

X-Men Legends: Art Adams

Le Mariage De Matilda

Written by Betty Neels
Art by Shizuku Katsuragi
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Matilda Paige est une jeune femme ordinaire qui travaille dans un cabinet médical où elle aide le docteur Henry Lowell à soigner les habitants d’un village du Comté de Somerset. Elle doit partager son temps entre son patron plutôt taciturne, son père malade et sa mère nostalgique de ses années fastes. Même si son travail n’est pas particulièrement compliqué, Matilda ne parvient pas à cerner Henry. Comme si cela ne suffisait pas, la fiancée du médecin, Lucia, est hautaine et méprisante, et dissimule sa méchanceté sous son immense beauté. Matilda a un faible pour son patron, mais parviendra-t-elle à conquérir son cœur et à lui montrer qu’un peu de chaleur et de gentillesse peut être le meilleur des remèdes ?

Le Mariage De Matilda

So I’m a Spider, So What? #46

Written by Okina Baba
Art by Asahiro Kakashi
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With Mother’s stats at an all-time low, it’s my chance to attack-or so I thought. But now I’m on my last legs ‘cos I forgot to account for one basic fact: Mother is a spider, just like me…

So I'm a Spider, So What? #46

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ComiXology Delivers 8 New Digital Comics For you from Marvel, Harlequin, and More!

There’s eight new digital comics on comiXology today from Marvel, Harlequin, and Dynamite. Check out all of the new releases below or get shopping now!

Hulk Legends Vol. 1: Hulk/Wolverine – 6 Hours

Written by Bruce Jones, Len Wein
Art by Jack Abel, Scott Kolins, Herb Trimpe
Cover by Simon Bisley
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Collects Hulk/Wolverine: 6 Hours (2003) #1-4, Incredible Hulk #181.

Two of the biggest movie stars unite in one suspenseful adventure! Lost in the Canadian wilderness, Dr. Bruce Banner, a.k.a. The Incredible Hulk, and Wolverine only have six hours to rescue a woman and a boy from two desperate drug dealers. It’s a race against time as these two Marvel icons attempt to control their tempers long enough to save the hostages!

Hulk Legends Vol. 1: Hulk/Wolverine - 6 Hours

Marvel Action Spider-Man Vol. 5: Shock To The System

Written by Brandon M. Easton
Art by Fico Ossio
Cover by Fico Ossio
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Collects Marvel Action Spider-Man (2020) #1-3.

A sinister new villain appears! Miles and Gwen are preparing for the biggest test of their high school careers, but will they stay focused with the team all shook up over their newest foe, the Shocker? And can they overcome his bad vibes with the exam putting their very futures at stake?

Marvel Action Spider-Man Vol. 5: Shock To The System

Red Sonja: The Price of Blood #2

Written by Luke Lieberman
Art by Walter Geovani
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Red Sonja caretaker Luke Lieberman returns to the fiery-haired heroine for another chapter in her early adventures. He’s joined by fan-favorite Sonja artist Walter Geovani (Death-Defying ‘Devil, Clean Room) whose prolific work on the character goes back over a decade, most celebrated being his run with Gail Simone. Issue #2 finds Sonja awaiting her fate amidst the drama and intrigue of warring nations. Will she escape the hangman’s noose?

Red Sonja: The Price of Blood #2

Spider-Man Legends Vol. 1: Todd Mcfarlane Book 1

Written by David Michelinie
Art by Todd McFarlane
Cover by Todd McFarlane
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Collects Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #298-305.

You’ve heard of Spawn. You’ve seen his toys. Now see where it all began, with the character that made Todd McFarlane famous! Including the first appearance of Venom!

Spider-Man Legends Vol. 1: Todd Mcfarlane Book 1

Spider-Man Legends Vol. 2: Todd Mcfarlane Book 2

Written by David Michelinie
Art by Todd McFarlane
Cover by Todd McFarlane
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Collects Amazing Spider-Man (12964) #306-314; Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #10.

Peter Parker’s worst nightmare comes true, when a mysterious foe kidnaps his new bride, Mary Jane Watson. Will Spider-Man’s amazing powers be enough to save Mary Jane before it’s too late? Spider-Man also faces off against a dangerous trio of villains: the Chameleon, the Lizard and the Green Goblin.

Spider-Man Legends Vol. 2: Todd Mcfarlane Book 2

The Trusting Game

Written by Penny Jordan
Art by Megumi Toda
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Christa saw her best friend ruin her life by falling for an overbearing man. After that, Christa vowed to be an independent, outspoken woman. Daniel, the guest lecturer at a conference she’s attending, seems to be just the type of man she can’t stand. But he claims that his training is meant to build trust and establish good business relationships. After Christa challenges his methods, Daniel proposes that she take his training for a month. Could he really teach her to trust again?

The Trusting Game

Un Homme Idéal

Written by Trish Wylie
Art by Tomoko Sato
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Tara écrit des romans d’amour et vit dans un monde de rêves et de fantasmes. Bien qu’elle n’ait pas d’expérience réelle en la matière, ses livres romantiques sont très populaires. Depuis qu’un homme a emménagé dans la maison voisine, elle s’en inspire pour façonner le héros de son prochain ouvrage. Elle l’appelle « Jack Louis » et en fait le gentleman par excellence. Elle passe plusieurs jours à l’observer de loin quand tout à coup, il toque à sa porte. « Bonjour, je suis Jack Louis, votre voisin. » Aucun doute : c’est lui. Comment est-ce possible ? Elle n’a montré son roman à personne. Aurait-il sauté hors de ses pages ?

Un Homme Idéal

Wolverine Vol. 3: Return Of The Native

Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Darick Robertson
Cover by Darick Robertson
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Collects Wolverine (2003) #12-19.

Wolverine must delve deep into his enigmatic past when a mysterious mutant known only as the Native returns to his life. But who is she, and is she friend or foe? And why might she hold the key to unlock the secrets of Wolverine’s past? Guest-starring Sabretooth!

Wolverine Vol. 3: Return Of The Native

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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

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 

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

Baltimore Comic Con Live Reveals More Spotlights, Panels, and Todd McFarlane!

Join the 1st annual Baltimore Comic-Con Live, a FREE ONLINE EVENT streaming the weekend of October 23-25, 2020! Come check out retailers, exhibitors, artists alley, programming, and the Ringo Awards live! The virtual convention has continued to add amazing panels to the 2020 programming that you won’t want to miss!

KING IN BLACK

Panelists: Donny Cates & Ryan Stegman
Host: TBD
Saturday, October 24, 2020 – 1pm ET / 10am PT

The countdown to the biggest Marvel event of the year, King in Black, starts at Baltimore Comic-Con LIVE with creators Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman!!!

PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON: Creator Spotlight

Panelists: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Host: John Siuntres
Saturday, October 24, 2020 – 1pm ET / 10am PT

Join us for an exclusive interview with writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson on DC Comics’ Future StateHouse of ElSuperman: Worlds of War, and more!!!

Phillip Kennedy Johnson

TERRY MOORE: Creator Spotlight

Panelists: Terry Moore
Host: Amy Dallen
Saturday, October 24, 2020 – 2pm ET / 11pm PT

Join legendary comic creator Terry Moore for a one-on-one Q&A with host Amy Dallen. Terry will be taking your LIVE chat questions at the end of the panel, so get in that live chat!!!

Terry Moore

BAD IDEA: BEGINS IN 2021

Panelists: Matt Kindt & David Lapham
Host: Aaron Haaland
Saturday, October 24, 2020 – 3pm ET / 12pm PT

Only single issue comics at local comic shops? No trades? No variant covers? These are the insane marketing ploys of the newest comic publisher on the block: BAD IDEA. Join Matt Kindt (Sweet Tooth) and David Lapham (Stray Bullets) the creators behind BI’s first release Hero Trade as they talk to retailer/podcaster Aaron Haaland (A Comics Store) about this bold new way of telling comic book stories.

Bad Idea

DENNIS HALLUM: Creator Spotlight

Panelists: Dennis Hallum, Matthew Klein, John Petrie
Host: Matthew Klein
Saturday, October 24, 2020 – 5pm ET / 2pm PT

X-O ManowarSpider-ManDarth Vader, and so many more. In this entertaining and insightful panel, New York Times bestselling author and Harvey Award-winning writer Dennis Hallum discusses his impressive career in comics, offers advice to aspiring writers, and explains what it’s like crafting all-new adventures for iconic comic book characters! This live panel is presented by Valiant Entertainment and will also feature Valiant’s VP of Sales & Marketing Matthew Klein and Senior Manager Sales & Merchandise John Petrie.

Dennis Hallum

50 YEARS OF OVERSTREET: w/ Todd McFarlane, Kevin Nowlan, & John K. Snyder III

Panelists: Todd McFarlane, Kevin Nowlan, John K. Snyder III, Mark Huesman
Host: JC Vaughn
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 4pm ET / 1pm PT

The Overstreet Price Guide has been the bible of comic book collecting and pricing for 50 years. To celebrate the milestone, Overstreet’s JC Vaughn talks to artists Todd McFarlaneKevin Nowlan, and others about iconic covers that have made the publication as collectable as the comic book price info within.

50 YEARS OF OVERSTREET

Spawn #308, #309, and #310 are Respawned with New Printings

Image Comics and company President Todd McFarlane will rush Spawn #308, Spawn #309, and Spawn #310 back to print in order to keep up with growing demand for the longrunning, record breaking series.

In Spawn #308, the terrible consequences of Spawn’s actions in issue #300 and #301 have a ripple effect that could lead toward annihilation. His every victory and every defeat changes his fate, and the fate of the world.

With the future in doubt and Medieval Spawn’s legacy in question, Spawn, She-Spawn, and Reaper go on the offensive in Spawn #309. But a long-time ally has shown his true colors, and Cogliostro rallies an army and a deadly new recruit…GUNSLINGER SPAWN.

And in Spawn #310 readers follow Spawn on the hunt for something insidious… 

Available at comic shops on Wednesday, November 11:

  • Spawn #308 second printing (Diamond Code SEP208131) 
  • Spawn #309 third printing (Diamond Code SEP208132) 
  • Spawn #310 second printing (Diamond Code SEP208133) 

Todd McFarlane’s Chadwick Boseman Spawn Tribute Cover Gets a Black and White Edition

Image Comics President and Spawn creator, Todd McFarlane, will pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman in the upcoming Spawn #311 with a cover in memory of the late actor who brought to life Marvel’s Black Panther character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A black and white version of this tribute cover will be available in limited quantities. Check with your local shop for more info on availability.

In the initial announcement of the Boseman tribute cover, McFarlane said:

Given the limited amount of minority characters in the comic industry today that are considered major Superheroes, I thought it appropriate for one of those well-known heroes (Spawn) to pay tribute to a man who made a lasting impact on helping shape such a strong superhero of color. Chadwick Boseman is a person who honed his skills and then made a career using them. Then he fought a fight against his own body that showed the true spirit of this man. We should all admire the traits Chadwick shared with us. And the inspiration he gave to millions of children around the globe who got to see a strong, meaningful and proud hero that looked like themselves.

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