Todd McFarlane's new era of Spawn continues to be a success, but at what cost?!
Source: Press Release
Todd McFarlane was one of the most successful comic book artists of all time, whose career exploded in the late eighties while drawing The Amazing Spider-Man, continued with the record-breaking launch of a new Spider-Man series in 1990, and culminated in the launch of Image Comics and Spawn in 1992. By the beginning of this century, however, McFarlane had all but abandoned the comic book industry to become a toy designer, video game guru, and presumably a Scientologist. Oh sure, he came around every once in a while to draw a cover, or to create Haunt, but for the most part, McFarlane stopped actively creating comics while at the top of his game, getting out "while the getting was good" as they say.
That all changed when McFarlane returned as the writer of Spawn with landmark issue #220 last month, and the book has been on fire since, with Todd McFarlane's name in the writing AND cover credits spelling an instant sellout for Spawn #221. While this news is certainly exciting for Image Comics and Spawn fans, this reporter wonders if anyone cares about poor Will Carlton, the writer for Spawn over the past few years who has been left seemingly out in the cold. In fact, following McFarlane's taking over of the writing duties on Spawn, Carlton has disappeared without a trace, leaving many to wonder if McFarlane gave even the slightest care as to how his return to Spawn has ruined the career of a man he worked with over the past few years, co-plotting the book.
Unfortunately, it looks like the sad tale of Will Carlton will go unnoticed as Image Comics and fans alike are too busy celebrating the return of their hero McFarlane, and the success of Spawn, to pay any attention to the plight of poor Will. We here at The Outhouse feel differently however, which is why we have worked very hard to obtain this EXCLUSIVE footage of Carlton, which we hope will help comic book fans realize just what the return of their beloved Todd McFarlane has wrought.
Here's the press release from Image Comics:
"SPAWN" DELVES INTO EVEN GREATER DEPTHS
McFarlane returns to writing, cover credits
SPAWN #220 was a banner issue for the long-running title, as it celebrated its twentieth year of publication with creator Todd McFarlane's name appearing once more in the writing and covers credits. And the series shows no signs of slowing as SPAWN #221 sold out at the distributor level the same week as it was released and the story takes a new turn and a new tone.
Jim Downing, the newest Hellspawn, has been a man without a past and with a future that is out of his control. However, as SPAWN delves deeper into his story, Jim will begin to embrace his powers, encounter old enemies, and uncover the secrets that lie at the center of the circles of Hell.
"As we head into the second half of the year, in which we will have another twelve issues completed — making that 27 consecutive issues by the same creative team — the Spawn comic is starting to hit its stride," said McFarlane. "With the continuing growth of our new main character and the shift to a darker tone, the book is now becoming the blueprint for what we hope to unveil in other entertainment arenas."
Throughout the year, McFarlane will create homage covers to some of the most iconic issues in comics history — those already revealed include SAVAGE DRAGON #1 (cover B of SPAWN #220), YOUNGBLOOD #1 (cover C of SPAWN #220), and THE WALKING DEAD #1 (SPAWN #223). The interior art is by Szymon Kudranski. SPAWN #222 is will be in stores on August 8.
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.
Written or Contributed by: Jude Terror