I’m taking another trip in the way back machine to the early 1990s with Todd McFarlane’s Spawn #1 which kicks off the age of Image Comics.
This story starts in 1987 of all years, with news reports of government operative Al Simmons’ death being all over the news. You wouldn’t think that being a secret black ops type would make you a media celebrity, but what the hell. After all this time I still don’t get it.
Speaking of hell, Simmons has made some sort of deal with the devil to return to the world of the living and doesn’t remember much, if anything, of his previous life. He does have a knack for violently taking out criminals in New York City.
By the end of the first issue, its pretty clear that there is a lot of the character that has changed since then. Namely his race; Simmons is shown as being white and later in the series he becomes and African American.
By 1992 standards, this was all of the rage. But it doesn’t really hold up all that well today. McFarlane’s art is great, but that’s pretty much it. You don’t learn enough about the character to really warrant reading a second issue. But it looks cool.
And that was enough reason for over 1.7 million copies of these to be printed and sold.