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Spawn #2
January 11th, 2013 by Rusty

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Spawn #2 cover

Spawn #2

Date: June 1992
Publisher: Image Comics (via Malibu Comics)
Cover Price: $1.95
2013 Price Range: $1.00 – $10.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads and “The Spawning Ground” non-letters page.
Story, Pencils & Inks: Todd McFarlane
Other Artists: Tom Orzechowski, Steve Oliff, Reuben Rude
Notable Notes: First appearance of the Violator and the disgusting clown!

Are You Afraid of Clowns?

I think Violator’s human form, as a fat, disgusting clown, ranks among the top of the scary clown list – not quite as freaky as that horrible clown in Stephen King’s It, but not the kind of guy you’d want twisting up an animal balloon for your kids either! This issue is a perfect example of why he’s such a bad, bad monster.


“Questions: Part II” : So, Spawn #1 ended with Spawn removing his mask and freaking out at his appearance. This 2nd issue begins with a short, fat clown lecturing a cat about how dangerous he is. Spawn spends a lot of time on top of a church (in images very reminiscent of Spider-man and Daredevil!) talking out his history and accidentally turning himself into a white man! Meanwhile several leaders of the New York mafia are dying by having their hearts mysteriously and violently ripped out of their chests. Over near the church Spawn suddenly recalls his former evil boss, Jason Wynn, just as Mr. Clown shows up to try and intimidate him. Spawn will have none of it and turns to leave as the clown transforms into the malevolent creature the Violator!

My 2 Cents:

  • The art in this issue was really cool! I don’t know why I enjoyed it more than issue #1, but I thought this one had some fantastic scenes. There’s no doubt that Todd McFarlane is a good artist – too bad I don’t think as much of the guy’s personality.
  • The story was better than issue #1 too. Sure, there was still Spawn’s moaning and belly-aching, but the clown added some spice to the story. I also enjoyed the subtle hints about other Image comics, such as Youngblood and Savage Dragon!
  • The dialogue was ok – except for Spawn’s whiny monologue and the news anchors’ blatherings! Violator was quite funny with his totally over-the-top descriptions of how to destroy people!

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 4 stars
  • Art: 5 stars
  • Fun Factor: 3 stars

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