Today’s new guide for Patrons of Crushing Krisis is my first guide for a creator-owned comic – created as a celebration of breaking the 100-Patrons mark!
Todd McFarlane’s Spawn – The Definitive Reading Order and Collecting Guide
[Note: This guide is now available to all readers of Crushing Krisis thanks to the ongoing support of Patrons!]
With Spawn now crowned as the ruling Guiness World Record holder as the longest-running creator-owned superhero of all-time (and with him coming in at 3rd place out of 10 options in the April poll), he seemed like the natural place to begin my guide coverage of creator-owned comics.
As with many of my guides, researching Spawn’s publishing history held many surprises for me.
I had no idea that his first 100 issues were so comprehensively covered in every imaginable format – slipcase, oversize hardcover, deluxe paperbacks, and regular-size trades. He has one of the best and most-logical reprint coverage across multiple formats of any superhero, ever, once you get past how similarly-named all of the reprint lines are.
(I wonder if there is a Guinness World Record for that.)
The next surprise was how coherently told the Story of Spawn has been. I was under the impression that Spawn’s narrative has splintered into many other titles, but that’s not really the case.
Though there have been a handful of supporting ongoing series expanding Spawn’s universe, you can absolutely read Spawn #1 through Spawn #300 while only breaking for one non-sequential issue – 2015’s Spawn: Resurrection.
Finally, I had no idea of the creative consistency behind Spawn. Todd McFarlane an Greg Capullo pencil over 90% of Spawn’s first decade, and there are only 35 issues of Spawn which aren’t at least co-plotted by McFarlane.
Even after the McFarlane/Capullo art era, Spawn has had many periods of consistent art, from several years by Angel Medina to Szymon Kudranski’s star-making turn before his jump to Big Two comics like Punisher and Action Comics.
This guide doesn’t quite cover the entire world of Spawn – there are some supporting titles without Spawn’s name on them, plus a certain elusive supporting character to address. Look for more on that in the future.
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Indie & Licensed Comics: Spawn
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Indie & Licensed Comics: Spawn
Gustavo Morales says
Thanks a million for this. Literally my only good resource in my quest to complete my Spawn collection.