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Spawn #309 Gets a Five Figure Reorder as it Heads Back to Print

 Image Comics will rush company President Todd McFarlane’s Spawn #309 back to print in order to keep up with overwhelming demand. Since breaking the Guinness World Record with his milestone Spawn #300, interest in the series has spiked with every issue, and reorders placed for the most recent #309 weigh in at five figures.

The MYSTERIOUS and DANGEROUS army of Spawns continues to grow. First She-Spawn and Reaper! Then Medieval Spawn! Now Gunslinger Spawn has made his presence known. But who is a hero and who is a villain? And is Al Simmons strong enough to control them all? Maybe his new armor will help! McFarlane and Ken Lashley continue their epic tale!

Spawn #309, second printing (Diamond Code JUL208922) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, September 23.

Spawn #309

Todd McFarlane’s DC Multiverse Batman Revealed Plus McFarlane Gold Label Collection Series

Todd McFarlane, one of the most iconic comic book artists of the late 20th century, has unveiled a brand-new DC Multiverse Batman action figure designed, created and produced by McFarlane and his award-winning McFarlane Toys company.

This new Batman action figure is inspired from the mind of Todd McFarlane.  McFarlane has created a new never-before-seen before version of Batman’s costume.  It features a Black Cape and Cowl, comes with two swords, a base, and includes a collectible art card with Todd McFarlane’s Batman artwork on front and character biography on the back.  The incredibly detailed 7-inch scale figure is designed with McFarlane Toys’ signature “Ultra Articulation” with up to 22 moving parts for a full range of posing and play.

McFarlane Toys is also bringing collectors and fans a brand-new collector program. With the launch of the new Batman figure by Todd McFarlane, McFarlane Toys has announced its new McFarlane Gold Label Collection Series that will feature characters from your favorite pop-culture and entertainment brands. All figures released in the McFarlane Gold Label Collection will be highly limited and showcased in limited- edition packaging with a McFarlane Toys Gold Label Collection printed in foil. Look for more McFarlane Toys Collector Series announcement coming soon.

The McFarlane Gold Label Collection Batman by Todd McFarlane figure will be available for pre-order in mid-Oct at Walmart.com.  The figure is exclusive to Walmart but will be available at select international specialty retailers. The retailer release date is January 2021.  MSRP $19.99

Movie Review: Todd McFarlane: Like Hell I Won’t

Todd McFarlane: Like Hell I Won't

Todd McFarlane: Like Hell I Won’t celebrates McFarlane’s history breaking run on Spawn and is a look at his career. The documentary intersperses footage from conventions, testimonials, and McFarlane himself. He recounts his time in comics with a recurring theme of “drive”. The documentary is an interesting one that mostly props McFarlane up with little criticism. In that way, it feels a bit glossed over in history and is an incomplete picture of his actual career in comics, film, television, and toys. But, the documentary goes through some interesting history doing a fine job of catching up those that might not know it.

From McFarlane’s beginning to modern times, the documentary covers a career that’s been focused and full of drive. From his early comic career to his start at Marvel, we get to see how his early years was one of luck that opened opportunity. We get some strife as he admits that his time at Marvel was one of being pushed back on with his style but he also praises some people he was able to work with there and the opportunities he received. It’s a look at working within a corporate structure as an artist.

But, where things get interesting is when the documentary shifts away from Marvel. While the formation of Image goes quickly, the documentary focuses on the collapse of the comic industry and how McFarlane weathered the storm. We get to see the pillars by which he built his empire and his shift from comics to film, television, video games, and most importantly toys. Though that too is painted as nothing but success with little failure or issues.

Todd McFarlane: Like Hell I Won’t isn’t all roses. A few minutes of it towards the end are dedicated to lawsuits and bankruptcy though all of them are just touched upon with little detail. McFarlane attempts to wash over the time as if success begets lawsuits, and there’s nothing more than others seeing opportunity. It comes off as if he did nothing wrong and everyone else was the issue. The documentary though highlights the losses. The rocky history of Image isn’t mentioned and his Chapter 11 filing is briefly mentioned. Though there’s been success there were failures too that aren’t explored enough. And that makes sense based on Todd McFarlane: Like Hell I Won’t’s focus. The documentary is meant as a puff celebration of Spawn #300, not as a hard-hitting history.

The documentary is about McFarlane’s belief. It’s about the belief in himself and his vision of how things should go. And it’s clearly worked for him. Spawn is still going, well past issue #300, setting a record each month witch each new release. McFarlane Toys continues to inovate and maybe we’ll eventually see Spawn on film again some day. McFarlane has had a successful career and Todd McFarlane: Like Hell I Won’t is focused on that. It dances around his impact. It dances around the industry has changed yet he remains. There’s so much more that could have been explored and expanded upon to make this documentary interesting. But, the final product feels a bit like a late night informercial, an advertisement wrapped up as something else.

If you don’t know anything about Todd McFarlane, a super fan, or a fan of Spawn, then Todd McFarlane: Like Hell I Won’t might be interesting. It’s surface deep in details dancing around the depth and never exploring statements or giving any examples of impact. For those looking at an exploration of comic history, even McFarlane’s career, there’s so many other documentaries and books to spend your time with.

Todd McFarlane: Like Hell I Won’t debuts on SyFY on July 25 at 11pm ET.

Overall Rating: 6.0

Todd McFarlane’s Spawn Masterworks Launches on Kickstarter

Todd McFarlane Productions is bringing its latest Spawn toy exclusively to Kickstarter.

Spawn launched in 1992 setting records with the first action figure being released in 1995. That spawned a revolution in action figures and 25 years later, McFarlane is looking to do that again.

The Kickstarter updates the original 1995 Spawn Action Figure and Comic Release. The new Original Spawn Action Figure and Comic Remastered (2020) figure will be 7-inches tall and come with a huge folding cape and weapon. The articulation in this version will be more than double what the original action figure had, and the included comic cover will be remastered by McFarlane himself.

This newly remastered Original Spawn Action Figure and Comic (2020) version will come in a collector box with a slipcover to help preserve the condition of the figure, comic, and packaging. And speaking of the actual blister packaging, it will mimic the original design from the classic action figure of 1995, though upgrades will be all across the final product.

A new resealable shell will be used so that you may take out your Spawn Action Figure and Comic for display, but also be able to return them both into their packaging as you have never opened it in the first place!

Finally, if you choose, you can get an autograph by Todd McFarlane himself. Todd will be personally signing a nameplate that can be used for display with your Spawn Action Figure and Comic. And each autographed item will also come with a bonus weapon: A reimagining, hyper-detailed updated version of the wooden plank weapon from that original Spawn Action Figure from 1995.

To simplify this offering, there will be only four levels: A CLASSIC costume version. A MODERN costume version (with new head), an ARTIST PROOF (the ‘black & white), and lastly, the 3-PACK bundle which will include a Classic, Modern and Black & White figure. The latter two figures are getting new head sculpt! The first three levels will be offered with or without an autograph while the 3-Pack will only be offered with an autograph. And each of the single figures will have a NEW never-seen-before cover remastered by Todd McFarlane himself. The backing levels range from $40 to $160 based on the offerings.

McFarlane Toys to Bring Spawn to Kickstarter

At Toy Fair, Todd McFarlane revealed that McFarlane Toys will be bringing new Spawn figures to Kickstarter. The plan is to release the original six figures with new updated sculpts and retro packaging.

Price and date is unknown but it’s an interesting move for a company that’s considered a leader in the toy industry.

DC Collectibles Enters the New Decade as DC Direct and Lots of New Upcoming Releases

A Facebook page name was the first tip-off but it’s official! DC Collectibles, known for its iconic lines of collectibles, statues and action figures, directly from the source, is returning to the name on which it was founded, DC Direct. The move cements the focus of the line of collectibles as committed to DC material and authenticity of being truly “from the source.”

During New York Toy Fair, DC Direct will display its striking new 2020 action figures and statues in its booth. This year’s lineup will feature an all-new statue line based on The Joker, a revamped Artist Alley line, and additions to expand its best-selling action figure and statue lines including DC Essentials, Batman Black & White, Harley Quinn Red, White & Black, DC Designer Series, DC Bombshells, and more.

The Batman Black & White and Harley Quinn Red, White & Black statue series lines have been a success so it’s only fitting that The Joker gets his own statue line to be based on the iconic images of the Super-Villain from the DC Comics pages. The series will appropriately be named The Joker Clown Prince of Crime. The inaugural figure is based on the iconic image of The Joker by Brian Bolland. Follow Bolland will be statues by Jim Lee with a classic comic Joker design that really portrays how creepy the jokester is with oversized features such as hands and feet and Lee Bermejo, perhaps one of the most popular comic illustrators associated with The Joker. Bermejo has designed a statue that will look amazing on any shelf as its displayed in hues of purple and green.

The highly collectible DC Artists Alley line will also undergo a revamp. The line will feature more premium format designs and figures. First out of the gate, The Joker by Brandt Peters. Peters uses his design talents to bring The Joker to life by combining his antique, Victorian style for a truly unique take on the villain. Additional artists joining the DC Artists Alley line include, Brittney Lee, a popular artist who used her talent in paper-craft-style art to create a new take on the famous villainess Catwoman, Patrick Ballesteros, who uses childlike nostalgia and imagination, to bring one back to their younger years will provide his take on the Bat Family including Deathstroke and Robin, and Zach Heffelfinger will provide his take on the Dark Knight. As a character designer for Nickelodeon on SpongeBob SquarePants, Heffelfinger brings about a sense of nostalgia with his stylistic art.

Additional statues and figures debuting at the show include Deadshot, the last character in the Batman Rogues Gallery Multi-Part Statue; A DC Bombshells: Poison Ivy Holiday Variant; new Batman Black & White and Harley Quinn Red, White & Black statues and DC Essentials and Batman The Adventures Continueaction figures.

For the complete list of DC Direct’s items to be on display at New York Toy Fair, see below:

The Joker Clown Prince of Crime Statue Line:

  • The Joker by Brian Bolland (NY Toy Fair reveal)
  • The Joker by Jim Lee (NY Toy Fair reveal)
  • The Joker by Lee Bermejo (NY Toy Fair reveal)

DC Artists Alley Designer Vinyl Figures

  • The Joker by Brandt Peters (NY Toy Fair reveal)
  • Catwoman by Brittney Lee (NY Toy Fair reveal)
  • Batman by Zach Heffelfinger (NY Toy Fair reveal)
  • Bat-Family by Patrick Ballesteros (NY Toy Fair reveal)

Batman Rogues Gallery Multi-Part Statue:

  • Catwoman
  • The Penguin
  • The Joker
  • Harley Quinn
  • Mr. Freeze
  • Deadshot (NY Toy Fair reveal)

DC Cover Girls Statue Line:

  • Batgirl by Frank Cho Statue
  • Supergirl by Frank Cho Statue
  • Harley Quinn by Frank Cho Statue
  • Poison Ivy by Frank Cho Statue

Batman Black & White Statue Line:

  • Batman by Todd McFarlane Statue
  • Armored Batman by Frank Miller Statue
  • Batman by Jim Lee Statue
  • Batmonster by Greg Capullo Statue
  • Batman by Brian Bolland Statue (NY Toy Fair reveal)
  • Batman Gotham by Gaslight by Mike Mignola Statue (NY Toy Fair reveal)
  • Batman by Freddie E. Williams III Statue (NY Toy Fair reveal)

DC Essentials Action Figures:

  • Batman Rebirth Version 2 Action Figure
  • The Flash Speedforce Action Figure
  • New 52 Nightwing Action Figure
  • Superman The Return of Superman Action Figure
  • DCeased Batman Action Figure
  • DCeased The Joker Action Figure
  • DCeased Aquaman Action Figure
  • DCeased Green Lantern Action Figure
  • DCeased Harley Quinn Action Figure
  • DCeased Superman Action Figure
  • DCeased The Flash Action Figure
  • DCeased Supergirl Action Figure
  • Justice League Action Figure 6-Pack (NY Toy Fair reveal)

DC Designer Series Statue Line:

  • Metal Batman by Greg Capullo Mini Statue
  • Nightwing by Jim Lee Mini Statue
  • Batman by Mike Mignola Mini Statue
  • Batman by Alex Ross Deluxe Statue
  • Supergirl by Michael Turner Mini Statue
  • The Batman Who Laughs by Greg Capullo Statue
  • Catwoman by Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau Statue
  • Harley Quinn by Bruce Timm Mini Statue

DC Gallery:

  • Superman vs. The Flash Racing Statue 2nd Edition
  • Batman vs The Batman Who Laughs Battle Statue
  • DCeased Batman Statue (NY Toy Fair reveal)

Batman The Adventures Continue Action Figures:

  • Robin
  • The Joker
  • The Batman Who Laughs
  • Batman v.2
  • Catwoman
  • Vampire Batman
  • Talon (NY Toy Fair reveal)
  • Thomas Wayne Batman (NY Toy Fair reveal)
  • Batgirl (NY Toy Fair reveal)
  • Robin (Tim Drake) (NY Toy Fair reveal)

Batman The Animates Series Action Figures:

  • Christmas with The Joker (Metallic Variant) (NY Toy Fair reveal)

Harley Quinn Red, White & Black Statue Line:

  • Harley Quinn by Steve Pugh
  • Harley Quinn by Amanda Conner Statue
  • Harley Quinn by Stanley Lau Statue
  • Harley Quinn by J. Scott Campbell Statue (NY Toy Fair reveal)

DC Bombshells Statue Line:

  • Harley Quinn Deluxe Version 2 Statue
  • Poison Ivy Holiday Variant (NY Toy Fair reveal)

Image Partners – Kirkman, Larsen, McFarlane, Silvestri, Stephenson, and Valentino Will Sign Together for the First Time Ever

Image Comics

The entire, current Image Comics partners will come together for a special group signing on December 10 from 7-10 p.m. at I Like Comics (1715 Broadway St., Vancouver, Washington 98663) for the first time ever.

Image Comics’ Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Eric Stephenson, and Jim Valentino will be present at the shop to meet with fans and sign comics.

The event will last three hours and fans will be limited to one (1) item per partner to sign. Signatures are free of charge. No CGC will be permitted. In the interest of moving through the line—and ensuring as many fans get a chance to have their items signed as possible—no selfies/posed photos will be permitted. 

Celebrate Spawn #301 with Todd McFarlane at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Chandler, Arizona

Todd McFarlane Spawn #301

Earlier this month, Todd McFarlane’s Spawn made history by becoming the Guinness World Record holder for the “Longest-Running Creator-Owned Superhero Comic Book Series”!

To celebrate this historic event, McFarlane and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Chandler, AZ are throwing a colossal Spawn Party. ALL FANS are invited to join in on the celebration with the creator of SPAWN himself on Saturday, October 26th from 12:00 – 5:00 pm.

The Spawn Historic 301 event is open to the public and admission is FREE! The event will feature a FREE in-person autograph session with Todd McFarlane and the opportunity to take a picture with him (signature limited to one item per person). Fans will experience Spawn like never before with a red-carpet photo opportunity, event-exclusive Spawn comic, and so much more! Fans receiving a signature will receive a “Special Certificate of Authenticity” to mark this historic moment.

If you are dying to get a McFarlane original hand-drawn sketch, enter the Spawn costume contest at the event.  Bring your best SPAWN themed costume to impress the creator of Spawn. Todd will pick one lucky grand prize winner who will take home a coveted original sketch by McFarlane.

The Alamo Drafthouse has also teamed up with Todd McFarlane to feature the original 1997 Spawn movie showing at 5:30PM (limited seats available), and a commemorative Spawn Comic poster will be handed out with each movie ticket purchased.

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will have Spawn themed food and drink specials available to purchase.

To commemorate this moment in history, Spawn merchandise will also be available for purchase. The Spawn merchandise includes a highly-limited Spawn #300 variant comic.   As well as Spawn BumBumz vinyl figures,  Spawn pins, t-shirts, and lanyards. Also, your favorite local comic shops will be there with a slew of Spawn comics to purchase.

Fans will get a rare viewing of historic comic pages from Todd McFarlane’s personal collection of original Spawn artwork spanning over the past three decades.

Alamo Drafthouse and Spawn have teamed up to provide a LYFT discount to encourage savings on travels to and from the event. Please use code GWR301 to receive your discount of 10% off of two rides to and from the event.

The address for the Alamo Drafthouse is 4955 S. Arizona Avenue Chandler, Arizona 85248.

NYCC 2019: Todd McFarlane Awarded a Guinness World Record

With the publishing of Spawn #301, Todd McFarlane stepped into uncharted territory in the comic world! Todd McFarlane has officially earned the Guinness World Records title for the longest-running creator-owned superhero comic book series for his creation of Spawn.

Fans can witness Todd McFarlane receive his official Guinness World Records certificate next week at New York Comic Con! The ceremony will be taking place on Saturday, October 5th prior to Todd McFarlane’s very own panel, The Road to Historic Spawn #300 and #301.  The panel will be taking place in Room #1A10 from 5:45- 6:45 P.M.

Guinness World Records adjudicator, Claire Elise Stephens, will be presenting Todd McFarlane with his award.

Fans who have been following the series understand that this was no easy feat. The Spawn comic book series was first published in 1992 by Image Comic’s and sold over 1.7 million copies. Following Spawn’s initial success, the series was curated into a feature film in 1997. This means the story of Spawn has been evolving for almost three-decades in order to achieve this goal!

NYCC 2019: Todd McFarlane to Appear as a Special Guest

New York Comic Con will be the first stop for Todd McFarlane as he celebrates Spawn becoming the Longest-Running Creator-Owned Superhero Comic! The Guinness World Record holder himself will be attending as a special guest from Thursday, October 3rd through Sunday, October 6th.

To commemorate this moment in history, the Spawn Merchandise program will be coming to New York Comic Con with all-new exclusives! The merchandise program, which was relaunched earlier this year (for the first time in over a decade) spans from pins, t-shirts, lanyards, and much more!

In addition to the Spawn merchandise, there will be New York Comic Con Exclusive art prints and comic books. Fans will be excited to hear there are three different Todd McFarlane autographed art print options! The Spawn 300 Parody, Spawn 301 Parody, and Spawn 301A art prints are based on comic book covers and are available for only $20. There are two styles of limited edition Spawn 300 comic books: 500 Gold Foil Editions (available for $50) and 1,500 Silver Editions (available for $25). With a purchase of the Gold Foil Edition of Spawn 300, buyers will receive one of the Spawn BumBumz! Come and purchase your #spawnswag at Image Comic’s Booth #1444!

FREE signing sessions with Todd McFarlane will take place throughout the Comic Con as a thank you to fans! Fans can get their favorite comics, toys, and all new Spawn merch signed for FREE!

Have the chance to witness history by attending the following events:

Todd McFarlane’s 2019 NYCC Schedule:

Thursday, October 3rd

TODD MCFARLANE FREE AUTOGRAPH SESSION
TIME: 2:00 
 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Image Booth #1444

**Limit 2 items per person and each person must be over 13 years of age. No sketches. No CGC, or other witnessing/grading. Autograph session is limited, and wristbands will be issued each day in the Image Comics Booth #1444 starting at 9:30 A.M. EXHIBITOR AND RETAILER BADGE HOLDERS WILL NOT RECEIVE WRISTBANDS.

SYFY NYCC LIVE STAGE 
TIME: 5:30 
 6:00 PM
LOCATION: TBD

Please check the New York Comic Con website for further details!

Friday, October 4th

TODD MCFARLANE FREE AUTOGRAPH SESSION
TIME: 2:00 
 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Image Booth #1444

** See above description for further information on signings and limitations.

Saturday, October 5th

TODD MCFARLANE VIP SIGNING SESSION
TIME: 11:00 
 12:30 PM
LOCATION: Room 1E04

The VIP Signing Session tickets will be distributed via lottery. Limit of one item per person. There will be no cgc/grading.

EXCELSIOR! REMEMBERING STAN LEE 
TIME: 2:45 
 3:45 PM
LOCATION: Room 1C03


Colleagues and friends of the late Stan Lee will meet with fans to discuss his life and legacy. Panelists include Todd McFarlane, Michael Uslan, Paul Levitz, Jim Salicrup, Denis Kitchen, and Danny Fingeroth!

TODD MCFARLANE FREE AUTOGRAPH SESSION
TIME: 4:00 
 5:15 PM
LOCATION: Image Booth #1444

** See above description for further information on signings and limitations.

ROAD TO HISTORIC SPAWN 301 PANEL AND SPECIAL SURPRISE PRESENTATION
TIME: 5:45 
 6:45 PM
LOCATION: 1A10

Todd McFarlane, Image Comics founder, creator of SPAWN, co-creator of VENOM and McFarlane Toys CEO, will talk about his 30+ years in the comic and entertainment industry. Todd will be raw and uncensored – talking toys, comics, industry advice and more! He will also be talking about one of the biggest milestones in his career, SPAWN 300 and SPAWN 301, which has set the record for the Longest-running creator owned superhero comic ever! A special suprise presentation will also be taking place at the panel!

**Bring your burning questions for Toddfather Q&A. This jam-packed panel is a must for any Todd McFarlane fan!
 

Sunday, October 6th

TODD MCFARLANE VIP SIGNING SESSION
TIME: 11:00 
 12:30 PM
LOCATION: Room 1E04

The VIP Signing Session tickets will be distributed via lottery. Limit of one item per person. There will be no cgc/grading.

TODD MCFARLANE FREE AUTOGRAPH SESSION
TIME: 2:00 
 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Image Booth #1444

** See above description for further information on signings and limitations.

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