Looking back at his impressive comic book career, artist/writer Todd McFarlane recently took some time to critique his own iconic cover for Spawn #1.
26 years after the first issue of Spawn hit shelves, McFarlane often takes to his Facebook page to offer advice to other artists on how to get to where he is today. His most recent lesson sees the writer/artist explain where he feels he went wrong when comping the cover for his first Image Comics release, and what he’d do differently today.
Though many fans consider it a perfect classic, that didn’t stop McFarlane from picking out some of the flaws he sees in his work two-and-a-half decades later. Specifically, he’s have made the cover stand out on the stands better with a change to the composition, and would have utilized a brighter color palette.
It is only natural for an artist to critique their own work, but McFarlane uses it here as an inspiration for artists and writers who might feel like they are struggling at the moment. While he was still a college student, McFarlane reportedly sent out around 700 submissions over a year and a half span before he landed his first job drawing a backup story for Epic Comics’ Coyote #11 in 1984, followed soon by his first regular gig as the artist on DC’s Infinity Inc. He would make a name for himself on the likes Batman: Year Two, The Incredible Hulk and The Amazing Spider-Man, but it was with Spawn #1, which set an independent comic book record at the time for selling 1.7 million copies, that McFarlane became a household name.
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