Media Release — As February rapidly approaches, Todd McFarlane Productions prepares our flagship title, Spawn, for its epic 200th issue. After months of speculation, we bring you our preliminary list of immensely talented artists and writers set to grace the pages of our upcoming anniversary issue.
Without further ado, the Spawn #200 creative team members are:
* Greg Capullo (Spawn, The Creech)
* David Finch (New Avengers, Ultimatum)
* Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Haunt)
* Jim Lee (Batman: Hush, All-Star Batman and Robin)
* Rob Liefeld (X-Force, Youngblood)
* Todd McFarlane (Spawn, Haunt)
* Danny Miki (Spawn, Ultimatum)
* Marc Silvestri (Cyberforce, Witchblade)
* Ashley Wood (Popbot, Spawn: Book of the Dead)
When asked how he chose the gifted lineup, Todd McFarlane says, “Issue #200 is fairly significant in the history of any comic book. I was looking at my artist selection as more of an impact on the history of Image Comics. So, I started with people who came through the gates of Image, beginning with some of the original founders like Marc Silvestri, Jim Lee, and Rob Liefeld. Then I went to some of my favorite Image artists over the years like Greg Capullo, David Finch, Danny Miki, and Ashley Wood.
Besides pretty pictures, we needed to have a few surprises in the written story itself. The obvious choice for the job, at this point, was Robert Kirkman.”
Debuting in May of 1992, Spawn has graced retailer and fan shelves for over a decade. Todd McFarlane first conceptualized the character when he was in high school, and decided to resurrect him after forming Image Comics with six other artists in 1992. Releasing to 1.7 million copies, Spawn #1 is the best-selling independent comic to date.
Todd views his success as a byproduct of his audience, but always went into the venture confident. “I never started any project I thought was going to fail,” says the Spawn creator. “The audience has a big say in what they like and don’t like. It’s less about what I want and more about what the audience wants.” In response to getting to issue #200, McFarlane says, ” Now that we’re here, my job is to make it as big, bold, and exciting as possible — and then start making plans for #300!”
Spawn #200 comes to a comic book shop near you February 2010. And we’re not done announcing the creative team just yet! We have a few surprises still up our sleeve. Stay tuned to Spawn.com for future Spawn #200 announcements!