Tempe, Ariz., February 17, 2022 — Todd McFarlane is paying homage to Jim Lee’s historic X-MEN #1 cover beginning with THE SCORCHED Issue #3. McFarlane has revealed the artwork for the first cover and announced he will be drawing three more connecting covers in the coming months. THE SCORCHED issues #3 through #6 will all connect to create one stunning piece of artwork to help celebrate SPAWN’s 30th year anniversary this year.

McFarlane said: “Over the years, I have what seems like hundreds of homage/parody covers based on my artwork. So, it is always fun to turn the tables and do an homage to other covers and artists whose work I have admired. This will mark my first attempt at tipping my hat to my friend Jim Lee’s amazing art. His career and the images he has given us have been an inspiration for many. I thought this image would be the best way to pay tribute to his talents.”

McFarlane’s THE SCORCHED #1 launched in January 2022, bringing together the shared universe of SPAWN’s best characters for three decades and putting them together into one title. It set the sales record for the “Biggest New Team Book” from the past 30 years. In addition to McFarlane, the creative team on the record-breaking title includes the creative team of writer Sean Lewis and artist Stephen Segovia.

McFarlane had four record-breaking titles in 2021, SPAWN’S UNIVERSE #1, KING SPAWN #1, GUNSLINGER SPAWN #1, and THE SCORCHED #1 which became one of the biggest selling Image Comics books in the 21st century.

The EXTENDED retailer Final Order Cut Off for THE SCORCHED #3 is Monday, February 21. 

THE SCORCHED #3 will be available at comic book shops on March 16, 2022  (24 pages, full color, rated: Teen+, $2.99, FREE UPGRADE PREMIUM COVER STOCK) and on digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play.

•          Cover A by Francesco Mattina – Diamond Code DEC210328
•          Cover B by Todd McFarlane – Diamond code  DEC210329 (connecting cover to 3 upcoming THE SCORCHED covers)


Todd McFarlane’s SPAWN is one of the world’s best-selling and longest-running monthly creator-owned superhero comic books, with hundreds of millions sold worldwide in more than 120 countries.

The road to McFarlane’s history-making comic run began in 1992 when he co-founded Image Comics and released SPAWN #1, still the single-best-selling issue all-time for any creator-owned comic, selling an astonishing 1.7 million copies, an unprecedented feat for a creator-owned comic. 2019 marked the year that McFarlane made history by releasing the historic SPAWN #300″ and record-breaking “SPAWN #301″. These milestones have earned McFarlane the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the world’s “Longest-running Creator-owned Superhero Comic Book Series.” Also, the comic became an Emmy Award-winning animated series on HBO and a live-action feature film that grossed more than $100 million.

McFarlane became a true comic book superstar for his record-setting work on Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man franchise, where he co-created Marvel’s top villain Venom.

McFarlane Toys has received top honors in The NPD Group’s 2021 Toy Industry Performance Awards.  The company received recognition for its DC Multiverse Collection in the 2021 Super Category of Top-Selling Action Figures and Accessories for the U.S and Canada.  McFarlane launched McFarlane Toys, one of America’s top action figure manufacturers. McFarlane Toys has become an industry leader, redefining the action figure market’s standards and a licensee of world-class brands and leading global franchises.  Under McFarlane’s creative direction, McFarlane Toys action figures and toys are consistently on the “Best Seller” and “Top Toy” lists at national mass retailers, including Target, Walmart, and

McFarlane and Grammy-winning international DJ Steve Aoki’s NFT Agency, Aoki Industries, have launched —an NFT marketplace powered by MetaplexFounded out of a desire to help provide creators (from comics, sci-fi, fantasy, music, and more) with a safe platform to showcase and sell their authentic digital art.  OddKey empowers artists with the ability to control the destinies of their digital properties.

In November 2021, McFarlane launched the dedicated television development and production arm of McFarlane Films. Through McFarlane Films, which has a first-look television deal with wiip (MARE OF EASTTOWN), McFarlane will identify and develop new emerging talent, creator-owned properties, independent brands, stories, and characters.

McFarlane Films’ initial television development slate includes projects from established creators such as Thomas Lennon, co-creator of RENO 911! and writer of NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM; Anders Weidemann, who adapted HBO’s BEARTOWN and created Paramount +’s INTERROGATION; prolific graphic-novel author, Sean Lewis; and ShadowMachine, who produced BOJACK HORSEMAN and Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming PINOCCHIO and SAM & TWITCH into a live-action TV series.

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Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor, and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit