Todd McFarlane drew the first comic book I ever bought, “Amazing Spider-Man” #318. I’ve been a fan of his artwork ever since.
Yes, I know it’s not perfect in many ways, but whose art is perfect? I like his stuff. It’s cool. That’s enough for me.
Once Upon a Time, I Wrote a Letter to Todd McFarlane
I don’t have a specific date for this story. It was pre-Image days. It was probably around McSpidey #1 or that era. Maybe earlier.
I was relatively new comic reader and a die-hard McFarlane fan, buying everything of his that I could get my hands on. Besides the Spider-Man comics, there was an almost prolific series of magazine interviews, including The Comics Journal, Comics Interview, Wizard Magazine #1, and a couple of others I’ve likely forgotten. I even bought a pin set and a poster book.
I wrote Todd McFarlane a fan letter, probably through the comic shop he partly owned in Puyallup, Washingon, at the time. I must have been about 15 at the time. It was just a gushing thing telling him how much I loved his art. I don’t have a copy of that letter anymore, nor do I remember anything more specific I said than that.
I was a nobody. Just a fan. Not even a letterhack yet. There was no social media, and no reason for him to know who I was from a hole in the wall.
In the mail one day came an envelope addressed to me.
Folded twice to fit inside was this 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of paper:
It’s a simple thing: a photocopy of a Spider-Man image he drew for some cover or another, with a hand signed thanks and autograph.
Made my friggin’ year. And looking at it now, more than 25 years later, it still brings a smile to my face.
It’s been sitting in a folder in hiding for way too long. I’m going to frame this and hang it on the wall.
It’s a good reminder for creators that a random act of kindness can make a fan’s day, and might be a memory that lasts a lifetime.