Todd McFarlane to write and draw “Spawn” #301 as it becomes the longest running creator-owned comic in history

Todd McFarlane to write and draw “Spawn” #301 as it becomes the longest running creator-owned comic in history

For a comic to make it to 300 issues, that’s impressive no matter how you look at it. For that same comic to be entirely creator-owned with the same creative mind driving the story and mythos forward, joined on that mission by some of the greatest talents in the business? That’s practically unheard of.

This September, as Todd McFarlane’s Spawn reaches its milestone 301st issue, the title will achieve just that: it will become the longest running creator-owned comic in history.

To celebrate the occasion, McFarlane himself-- who has guided the title since its inception, even if he hasn’t plotted it drawn every issue-- will once again write and draw his most famous creation.

But what’s a party without a few guests? McFarlane will be joined on issue 301 with heavyweights like Jason Shawn Alexander, Clayton Crain, and Francesco Mattina, along with none other than Mr. Greg Capullo himself. Exciting times, so check out the details below.

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McFARLANE TO DRAW RECORD-SETTING SPAWN #301

Todd McFarlane Productions and Image Comics
celebrate comic book history with SPAWN #301

TEMPE, Ariz. 06/19/2019 — With its 301st issue, Todd McFarlane’s SPAWN becomes the longest running creator-owned comic book in the world!

SPAWN launched to record sales of 1.7 million copies when its inaugural issue was released in 1992, helping to cement the early days of Image Comics as a game-changing, new era in creator-owned comic books. Now, 27-years later SPAWN, and Image Comics remain hallmarks of the comic book industry.

As a testament to the longevity of Todd McFarlane’s seminal creation, and to Image Comics’ revolutionary call for creators’ rights to own and control the characters and comic books they create, SPAWN’s 301st issue will be a truly historic release, as McFarlane’s award-winning, fan-favorite superhero, will become the longest running creator-owned comic book ever.

"I could think of no better reason to return to the drawing board than to celebrate the record-breaking 301st issue of the SPAWNcomic,” said McFarlane, creator of SPAWN and President at Image Comics. “Twenty-seven years ago, I began this journey on the SPAWN title. That start, along with helping to co-found Image Comics, (today the third largest comic publisher in the nation) was with the goal of allowing creative people to own and control their ideas.

“It is with great pride that I can say that after nearly three decades of producing the SPAWN title, that I am still 100% in the creative driver's seat of the character I brought to life back in 1992,” said McFarlane. “I wrote and drew that first issue and will do the same for this historic issue as well."

To continue the celebration that begins with the deluxe sized, 72-page issue of SPAWN #300, McFarlane will return, once more, to pencil and ink interior story pages for the record-breaking SPAWN #301. Showcasing his unique blend of larger-than-life action and visual world-building, McFarlane will usher in SPAWN’s next creative evolution in his signature “hyper-detailed” style that has been an inspiration to artists and storytellers across all genres of entertainment media.

Joining Todd on SPAWN #301’s superstar creative team will be legendary SPAWN and Batman artist, Greg Capullo, critically-acclaimed illustrator, Jason Shawn Alexander, top comic artists, Clayton Crain, Jerome Opeña and Francesco Mattina, along with more surprises, including more top-tier comic book talent.

SPAWN #301, a 48-page full-color comic book will be in stores 
September 25, 2019. Also available will be black and white Spawn #301 “Artist Edition” variant showcasing McFarlane and Capullo’s original, inked artwork.

This record-breaking, history-making, oversized issue will retail for $4.99.

SPAWN #300 hits comic shops on Wednesday, August 28. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, August 5:

  • SPAWN #300 CVR A MCFARLANE - JUN190014

  • SPAWN #300 CVR B B&W MCFARLANE - JUN190015

  • SPAWN #300 CVR C CAPULLO - JUN190016

  • SPAWN #300 CVR D CAPULLO VIRGIN - JUN190017

  • SPAWN #300 CVR E CAPULLO & MCFARLANE - JUN190018

  • SPAWN #300 CVR F B&W CAPULLO & MCFARLANE - JUN190019

  • SPAWN #300 CVR G CAMPBELL - JUN190020

  • SPAWN #300 CVR H OPENA - JUN190021

  • SPAWN #300 CVR I ALEXANDER - JUN190022

  • SPAWN #300 CVR J PARODY VAR MCFARLANE - JUN190023

SPAWN #301 hits comic shops on Wednesday, September 25. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, September 2

  • SPAWN #301 CVR A MCFARLANE - JUL190084

  • SPAWN #301 CVR B CAPULLO - JUL190085

  • SPAWN #301 CVR C VIRGIN CAPULLO - JUL190086

  • SPAWN #301 CVR D ALEXANDER - JUL190087

  • SPAWN #301 CVR E CRAIN - JUL190088

  • SPAWN #301 CVR F OPENA - JUL190089

  • SPAWN #301 CVR G VIRGIN MATTINA - JUL190090

  • SPAWN #301 CVR H PARODY MCFARLANE - JUL190091

  • SPAWN #301 CVR I B&W MCFARLANE - JUL190092

Spawn #301 will hit comic shops and digital retailers on September 25.

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