The comic book evolution of Spawn

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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.


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:


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

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