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The comic book evolution of Spawn

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Spaaaaawn

Back in the comic book heyday of the 1990s, there was one studio of wild young guns that had a vision: To own their comic book creations, and presumably get stinkin’ rich in the process. And for a while, it worked! Image Comics was formed, and leading the charge into a brave new world was superstar artist Todd McFarlane, with his Spawn comics. These days, Spawn is more or less an excuse to create some bitching cool toys. But the character himself has survived for many a year, by adapting his look.

With the 250th issue of Spawn arriving on shelves soon, creator Todd McFarlane shared a chart that chronicled the various looks of the hellspawn, as well as some insight into how old his baby boy is:

With Spawn issue #250 coming up at the end of the month…. I thought it would be COOL to put together all the different costumes Spawn has had over the years.

And if you’re doing the math, that’s 24 YEARS. TWENTY-FOUR!!!!!!!! It’s cool to look back and see how things have changed since 1992….it’s hard to believe we’re already coming up on our #250th issue.

Thanks for all your support over the years!!! I’ll be doing a giveaway with these, soon.

TODD

I love how the original Spawn costume looks like Al Simmons is wearing a bathing suit over a black undersuit. Anyway, here’s the chart, and a link to a higher res version:

Spawn

I used to be a massive fan of the comic, especially when I got my hands on the local BattleAxe reprints of the series that lasted an entire ten issues, or thereabout. R5.50 well spent, especially when my religiously devout grandparents stumbled on my small collection and shrieked in horror. Good times man. Spawn is no longer as popular as he once was, with the comic regularly selling around 10 000 copies or so a month, a far cry from the mammoth sales of hundreds of thousands of issues that ran out of steam after the 100th issue.

It also means that your collection of vintage Spawn comics are most likely not going to grant you an early retirement, but hey. At least we got some super-cool action figures, a cheesy-awesome feature film and a surprisingly dark animated series out of the franchise, am I right?

Last Updated: January 20, 2015

70 Comments

  1. A cheesy movie featuring john leguizamo as The Violator….Dat Violator transformation would put Mortal Kombat 2 to shame lol

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    • Hammersteyn

      January 20, 2015 at 12:09

      XD

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    • Captain JJ Saga

      January 20, 2015 at 12:11

      Haha. I still liked it though. That’s how badly I wanted a spawn movie.

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  2. ToshZA

    January 20, 2015 at 12:07

    In the first 5 he looks like he’s wearing a woman’s swimming costume…

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  3. Admiral Chief

    January 20, 2015 at 12:08

    Heh, dat gunslinger spawn!

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    • Captain JJ Saga

      January 20, 2015 at 12:12

      Taking fancy to a new level.

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  4. Hammersteyn

    January 20, 2015 at 12:09

    • ToshZA

      January 20, 2015 at 12:11

      If you look, he knocks him out with the power of wind. And senseless air kicks at nothing.

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      • Captain JJ Saga

        January 20, 2015 at 12:12

        That shows how good he is. Doesn’t even need to touch him physically.

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        • ToshZA

          January 20, 2015 at 12:13

          Or have any measure of skill whatsoever 😀

          I CAN DO THAT!

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          • Captain JJ Saga

            January 20, 2015 at 12:14

            I can’t. I would tear something.

          • ToshZA

            January 20, 2015 at 12:15

            Your pride? 😛

          • Captain JJ Saga

            January 20, 2015 at 12:15

            Haha.

      • Hammersteyn

        January 20, 2015 at 12:18

        • ToshZA

          January 20, 2015 at 12:19

          XD

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        • Quo Vadis?

          January 20, 2015 at 12:20

          Thank heavens I don’t like star trek…
          [waiting for fanboi rage to commence]

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          • Hammersteyn

            January 20, 2015 at 12:21

            O_o

          • ToshZA

            January 20, 2015 at 12:21

            LOL!

        • cookiemonster

          January 20, 2015 at 13:36

          Hey Mike, I think we’ve warmed up enough….dyou think?

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    • Quo Vadis?

      January 20, 2015 at 12:14

      Spawn… Yawn…. *RUNS*

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      • Hammersteyn

        January 20, 2015 at 12:14

        You rhyme in time but like a mime SHADDUP!

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        • Quo Vadis?

          January 20, 2015 at 12:17

          So aggro! We need to relook/ think the whole issue about violent games/ movies/ comics/ music makes the end user VIOLENT! LOL

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          • Hammersteyn

            January 20, 2015 at 12:17

            Bwahaha

          • ToshZA

            January 20, 2015 at 12:18

            I think that other dude from yesterday – that “famous” 3D guy – rubbed off on him.

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 20, 2015 at 12:19

            Yup. Also concerned he might come and kick my head in LOL

          • ToshZA

            January 20, 2015 at 12:19

            I bought a new helmet, just in case.

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 20, 2015 at 12:22

            Still got an old army helmet. Hope it helps!

          • ToshZA

            January 20, 2015 at 12:22

            If it’s camouflaged it might. 😛

          • Hammersteyn

            January 20, 2015 at 12:20

            Only if you can lay still on the ground

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 20, 2015 at 12:22

            I suffer from ADD, so…. no. Cant lay/ sit still.

      • Captain JJ Saga

        January 20, 2015 at 12:20

        You’re a fawn! ;P

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        • ToshZA

          January 20, 2015 at 12:20

          GIT OFF MY LAWN!!!!

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          • Hammersteyn

            January 20, 2015 at 12:21

            dey dun broke mah JAW!!!

          • ToshZA

            January 20, 2015 at 12:22

            That’s because I AM THE LAW!!!

          • Hammersteyn

            January 20, 2015 at 12:22

            The fattest cop I ever SAW!

          • ToshZA

            January 20, 2015 at 12:23

            With a KFC bucket in his PAW!!!

          • Hammersteyn

            January 20, 2015 at 12:24

            Good lord the chickens still RAW!!!

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 20, 2015 at 12:25

            and he’s stuffing it in his MAW!!!

          • Hammersteyn

            January 20, 2015 at 12:26

            Just look at him GNAW!!!

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 20, 2015 at 12:26

            with the chicken in his CLAW!!!!

          • Hammersteyn

            January 20, 2015 at 12:28

            Sipping gravy with a STRAW!!!

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 20, 2015 at 12:31

            While sitting on a SEESAW!!!

          • ToshZA

            January 20, 2015 at 12:36

            Could this go on any MAW?!!!

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 20, 2015 at 12:37

            Till its butchered with a CHAINSAW!!!!

          • ToshZA

            January 20, 2015 at 12:39

            Something like three plus FAW?!!!

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 20, 2015 at 12:40

            I will have to check if that’s a BYLAW!!!

          • ToshZA

            January 20, 2015 at 12:43

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 20, 2015 at 12:44

            Thank goodness. I was running out of AW!!!

          • ToshZA

            January 20, 2015 at 12:46

            Me too. Hence the stretching XD

          • Shas 'O Norm

            January 20, 2015 at 14:22

            Oh gawd u guys are cracking me up.

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 20, 2015 at 14:44

            Thank you, I’ll be here all week 😉

          • ToshZA

            January 20, 2015 at 12:32

            You forgot to let it THAW!!!

          • Deceased

            January 21, 2015 at 10:44

            LazyGamer… come here for the articles, stay for the comments :/

    • Viking Of Science

      January 20, 2015 at 12:25

      considering hollywood atm, they’d probably cast Jai Courtney…

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      • Captain JJ Saga

        January 20, 2015 at 12:39

        Or Jaden Smith

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        • Viking Of Science

          January 20, 2015 at 12:42

          Nah, they can’t afford Jaden, Also, Why cast a black actor as a black character, that’s just crazy!

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          • Captain JJ Saga

            January 20, 2015 at 14:18

            True. Plus they would HAVE to get Will Smith to make a cameo appearance, so it’s just too much money.

  5. Mandom (Umar)

    January 20, 2015 at 12:16

    A moment of silence for the Spawn PS1 game

    http://youtu.be/uKtnRCS9mjs?t=5m6s

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    • Captain JJ Saga

      January 20, 2015 at 12:21

      I had the Blade PS1 game. Actually wasn’t so bad.

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      • Mandom (Umar)

        January 20, 2015 at 12:37

        Finished Blade on PS1 lol I actually enjoyed it. Not a very good game, but hey, was fun

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        • Captain JJ Saga

          January 20, 2015 at 12:39

          It was fun

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    • Admiral Chief

      January 20, 2015 at 13:48

      O_O

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  6. Kikmi

    January 20, 2015 at 12:43

    This is, was and always will be my favourite comic book character <3 Thanks Darryn.

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  7. Lardus-Resident Perve

    January 20, 2015 at 12:45

    Wait, animated series? Where where where?!?!?!

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    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      January 20, 2015 at 13:15

      It’s seriously good. I got it years ago from Takealot, import only.

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      • Lardus-Resident Perve

        January 20, 2015 at 13:27

        • Blood Emperor Trevor

          January 20, 2015 at 13:38

          That’s it, was HBO. They didn’t even have that gift set when I got it, had to buy them all separately.

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          • Lardus-Resident Perve

            January 20, 2015 at 14:06

            Cool, I just ordered it using my Discovery Miles. Freeeeee (sort of)

          • Lardus-Resident Perve

            January 22, 2015 at 14:50

            Can you bloody believe it – supplier suddenly “out of stock” ;(

  8. Brady miaau

    January 20, 2015 at 13:10

    And Mr McFarlane also worked on Kingdoms of Amular, that was awesome!

    I liked Spawn, but it seems a bit 90’s now

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