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Subj: What can I say ? I used to be a fan of Spawn when it began ...
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There may have been thread about Image here once, can't remember.

So, what's your take? Here's mine:

McFarlane, Leifeld, Lee were all rational in their move to make Image. It was their way to not be screwed over like creators of the past. The industry had all ready profoundly changed with Direct Market. So they attempted, and succeeded, to make themselves very wealthy. They were driven by making money and keeping money for themselves instead of the big publishers.

Artistically, Image was the worst crap I've ever seen. Catering to the absolute lowest impulses of comic fandom. Their characters, art, and stories were utter rubbish. Look, most comics were and are shlock, but this stuff was a step below if possible. Uglier and more crass.

IMO, Leifeld/Lee/McFarlane are ALL generally lousy and vomitous artists, even in their hey-days. They simply had flashy stylistic flourishes that appealed to the lots of young dopes high on too much sugar or something. They're not really artists, just highly astute businessmen (and smart/nice guys personally) who cashed in the Miller grim'n grittiness and X-Men dystopia style stories. "Heroes Reborn" sold, but it was also garbage. Jim Lee as a big boss at DC is a big reason their comics/movies are so "grim n gritty" imagey.

Comics has always been a dirty business, and I can't fault themselves for making themselves very rich. But I don't believe they had no real love or inspiration in their hearts or their art like S&S, Finger, or Kirby/Lee/Ditko. Nor were they real storytellers like a Byrne, Adams, Perez, Miller or Moore.

I like the first issues of the comic book (both by Todd McFarlane & Greg Capullo). I haven't read the book for more than a decade but I still have fond memories of the 1990s' storyline (Spawn #1 - Spawn #75).


I stopped reading the book around 1998-1999, probably a short time after issue #75. Anyway, in my town, I couldn't find the comics anymore during the 2000s.

I think that Spawn has a good rogues gallery.

I also like the HBO animated series, 'Spawn: the Album' CD and the action figures. \:\-\)


On the contrary, I dislike the 1997 movie (mind you, some of the SFX were still good ...).

Since then, neither McFarlane nor Capullo are the pencillers any longer, so I've lost interest in the book.

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