Sunday, January 05, 2014

NOW THAT'S A SPLASH PAGE: McFarlane's Spawn Looks Like One O' Them Youngbloods

Splash pages, you gotta love 'em. A blank canvas where the artist can hit you with a large dose of illustrated 'wow'. This week, I wanted to trip back to the earliest days of Spawn and capture Todd McFarlane's creation in all his massive cape swirling, chain-wielding best. And I have.

Some fault the early Image days for being splash-page centric, but when they are as massive and detailed as this, even decades on, I think they can be excused. If this was preview art for tomorrow's issue, it would still have people lining up in droves!

With Todd leaving Spider-Man's crazy webs to join Image, you knew something windblown was going to mark his creation, but I'd never have guessed a cape - or at least one as wild as Spawn's. Having a life of it's own, it became a character unto itself and even more so when Spawn finally got animated and hit Hollywood.

While others started drawing capes with equal overkill, without the supernatural to base them from, they just added to another 90's fad, while Spawn's continued to rise above.

 What do you think?  For more great splash pages, click here.


  1. Man, I was SO into Spawn. -Had the first 150 issues... as they came out. But when I went back to reread all my old Image titles a few years ago: Maxx, and Savage Dragon totally held up... Spawn... well; Spawn was a fad. Rereading those made me angry more than it made me happy and nostalgic... They really were not good. McFarlane was/is one hell of an artist- he just doesn't shine so brightly as a writer. Still, we got that awesome Cerebus issue! That's something, I guess. And Marvel got Angela! (Still WTF-ing on that one.)
    And OH GODS- that movie... *shootsselfinface*

  2. Hey King! Yeah Angela at Marvel sure was a turn for the books. The Spawn animated series seemed to make the whole thing make more sense than I got reading the episodes of the comics, but yeah that movie didn't have the same appeal.

    McFarlane though as an artist, I'd kill to see handle Dr Fate again. That was the first character I brought of his art, and seeing how he treated him now (with or without Spawn) would be awesome.

    Cheer for the comments!

  3. I never could get into the Spawn cartoon... I dug The Maxx one, though. The Savage Dragon cartoon was cheesy, but fun.
    WildCATS... no comment.
    And did you ever see the Gen 13 animated movie? Or the Youngblood Cartoon? Oh, Image- you tried to do too much, too fast...

    I did not even know he penciled on Dr. Fate. -Have to keep an eye out for that.

  4. Do King! It's an issue of All Star Quadron. A bit dated now, but as one of his earliest gigs it sure breaks alot of ground for what is to come.