This week at ComicBook.com, I took a look back at the earliest issues of Todd McFarlane’s “Spawn,” the only Image Founding Father series to debut as a series, not a mini.
We see what McFarlane learned from working with David Michelinie on “The Amazing Spider-Man.” We wonder why there’s webbing in a horror superhero book. We ponder the popularity of Dale Keown in early Image. That’s something I’ll touch on again next week when I cover “CyberForce.”
What I Learned from This Re-Read
I didn’t wind up with massive chunks of deleted text from the column to add here, but I did want to make a couple of points.
First, the Spawn/Savage Dragon cameo I mentioned in the “Savage Dragon” review also appeared in an early issue of Spawn. That’s how Larsen drew such good McFarlane-esque kids: He copied and pasted those panels into Savage Dragon.
Second, the first issue of Spawn was drawn on large paper so McFarlane could add even more detail. I’m not sure how much larger it was — whether it was full-on twice-up qpaper, or just something slightly larger.
McFarlane finished pages then spread them across the floor in an attempt to put a story together. That story won’t shock you at all after you read the first issue. As with much of Spawn, it’s a lot of posing with caption boxes telling a story.
The Art of Spawn’s Cape
Dave Sim’s pin-up made fun of the cape.
An entire issue of “Stupid” made fun primarily of Spawn’s cape length. You can see a preview of it in this ad. Weirdly enough, it’s a Valentine’s themed ad for a May-released book. Did the issue run that late? Or was the gag playing closer to the solicitation date schedule? You make the call!
“CyberForce”: A lot of characters. Teams of characters. And some pretty Marc Silvestri artwork…