Todd McFarlane’s ‘Spawn’ continues to find new life beyond 301st issue
New printings were announced for issue Nos. 308-310 of the popular Image Comics series on Thursday.
Cover of "Spawn" No. 308. All artwork courtesy of Todd McFarlane and Image Comics
Now that Todd McFarlane’s “Spawn” comic book has cemented its place in the record books, the creator-owned series seems to have found new life. Image Comics and McFarlane, co-founder and president of Image, announced on Thursday that “Spawn” Nos. 308-310 are being rushed back to print after selling out at the distributor level.
“In ‘Spawn’ No. 308, the terrible consequences of Spawn’s actions in issue Nos. 300 and 301 have a ripple effect that could lead toward annihilation,” a press release from Image reads. “His every victory and every defeat changes his fate, and the fate of the world. “With the future in doubt and Medieval Spawn’s legacy in question, Spawn, She-Spawn, and Reaper go on the offensive in Spawn No. 309. But a long-time ally has shown his true colors, and Cogliostro rallies an army and a deadly new recruit…GUNSLINGER SPAWN.
"And in 'Spawn' No. 310 readers follow Spawn on the hunt for something insidious…"
A five-figure second printing of issue No. 309 already took place in late August, with that new printing having dropped at comic shops on Sept. 23.
The 301st issue of “Spawn” broke the Guinness World Record for the longest-running creator-owned superhero comic book last year. The series, which launched in 1992, surpassed Dave Sim’s 300-issue run of “Cerebus.” To commemorate the success of his comic, McFarlane, who is from Calgary, Alberta, was a focal point at this past summer’s Comic-Con@Home experience, the virtual one-year replacement for San Diego Comic-Con due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and was the subject of a new SYFY documentary titled “Todd McFarlane: Like Hell I Won’t’.”
Formed in 1992, Image was created by McFarlane and six other comic book artists, including Jim Lee, Marc Silvestri and Rob Liefeld, who left Marvel Comics to start a new comics publisher with the intent of developing creator-owned books. Now based in Portland, Oregon, Image continues to be a hub dedicated to producing creator-owned projects.
Each of the new printings for “Spawn” will be available at local comic shops on Nov. 11. See the next paragraph for the Diamond Comic Distributors codes for ordering.
“Spawn” No. 308 second printing (Diamond Code SEP208131)
“Spawn” No. 309 third printing (Diamond Code SEP208132)
“Spawn” No. 310 second printing (Diamond Code SEP208133)
The issues being reprinted are also available digitally on multiple platforms, including comiXology, Google Play and Apple Books.
Below are the covers for “Spawn” Nos. 309 and 310.