The world of Spawn, the supernatural comic book series created by Todd McFarlane, will expand this summer.
Up first, in June, is Spawn’s Universe, a stand-alone issue that sets the stage for three new monthly comics: King Spawn, Gunslinger Spawn and The Scorched.
Spinoffs are nothing new, but McFarlane has a lofty goal: He wants to build an interconnected universe of new characters strong enough to become global successes. “We’ve seen it happen with Marvel, we’ve seen it happen with DC,” McFarlane said in a phone interview. “Can it happen a third time?”
“That’s the most daunting and exciting piece of the puzzle here,” he added. “And it’s a very long-term plan.”
McFarlane is working with several writers and artists on the project, published by Image Comics: Brett Booth, Donny Cates, Jim Cheung, Greg Capullo and Frank Quitely.
Image was founded in 1992 by McFarlane and a group of artists who were eager to retain the financial rewards from their creations. That same year he introduced readers to his title hero in Spawn No. 1. In 2019, Spawn became the longest-running creator-owned comic book series. “I’m eternally grateful that I’ve been able to stretch this 15 minutes of fame into a 30-year career,” McFarlane said at the time. “Maybe it’s the Canadian in me, but I try not to forget that I’m a lucky soul.”