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Spawn #21
Jun 9th, 2013 by Rusty

Spawn #21 cover

Spawn #21

Date: May 1994
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $1.95
2013 Price Range: $1.00 – $9.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus “The Spawning Ground” letters page, Image Info, fan art and ads
Story & Art: Todd McFarlane
Other Artists: Mark Pennington, Tom Orzechowski and Steve Oliff
Notable Notes: Um… low print run?

The End of Spawn for Me!

Years ago I sold almost all the issues of Spawn that I owned. I only kept 4 issues that I thought might be valuable some day. Over the last few months, as I re-read these issues, I realized why I sold the others off: because Spawn comics suck! OK, I’ll admit that Spawn #9 was pretty good – but that’s it. I have not read another Spawn issue that I deemed worthy of re-reading. This is the last one I’ll review for this site… thank goodness!

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Spawn #9
Mar 23rd, 2013 by Rusty

Spawn #9 cover

Spawn #9

Date: March 1993
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $1.95
2013 Price Range: $1.00 – $7.00
Stats: 24 color pages plus Jim Lee poster, Image info, letters page, fan art and house ads
Writer: Neil Gaiman
Artist: Todd McFarlane
Colors: Steve Oliff, Reuben Rude and Olyoptics
Notable Notes: 1st appearances of Angela, Cogliostro and Medieval Spawn!

Who Owns The Rights To Angela?

In case you didn’t know, there have been some big fights over who owns the rights to the character Angela: Neil Gaiman or Todd McFarlane. (Answer: they both own half now.) Anyway, when I heard that Angela was going to be appearing in an upcoming Marvel comic it got me thinking about this issue – so I dug it out and had a read. It was actually quite good, and probably my favorite issue of Spawn!

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Spawn #2
Jan 11th, 2013 by Rusty

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.

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Spawn #1
Nov 25th, 2012 by Rusty

Spawn #1 cover

Spawn #1

Date: May 1992
Publisher: Image Comics (but actually published by Malibu Comics)
Cover Price: $1.95
Current Price Range: $2.00 – $12.00
Stats: 22 color pages, plus ads, poster, illustrations and “The Spawning Ground” letters page / soapbox.
Story, Pencils & Inks: Todd McFarlane
Other Artists: Tom Orzechowski, Steve Oliff
Notable Notes: The 1st issue of Spawn and one of the first comics ever published by Image!

Spawn was my Re-introduction to Comics!

In the late 1990’s I got back into comics after an 11 year absence, and Spawn was one of the first titles I started reading. I thought it was fun and exciting to learn about Image comics and be part of the “scene.” Anyway, after reading a few issues I was quickly turned off by Spawn in general and Todd McFarlane specifically. When I saw this issue in my box of back-issues the other day I figured it was time to give Spawn another try and see if I still felt the same. Yeah, I still do.

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