Tempe, Ariz, September 10, 2021 – The NEW and HIGHLY anticipated Gunslinger Spawn series hits comic store shelves this October as part of Todd McFarlane’s ongoing expansion of the Spawn Universe. Much to the excitement of old and new Spawn fans alike, the title is expected to shatter even more comic book records, like the recent King Spawn #1, which sold over a half-million copies. This will be the third number one release that will climb into the #1 spot for orders in less than five months.
Early indications suggest this will be the single biggest monthly comic book launch for a new character in well over 30 years, which includes any superhero publisher, including Marvel and DC Comics.
The new comic title features Gunslinger Spawn, a man out of time who is unwillingly thrust 200 years into the future to the 21st Century. Not only does he have to navigate a new world, but he’ll have to deal with the demons of his past. No one is safe from his vengeance as he heads into battle with guns blazing as he tries to find his way back home.
Acclaimed artist Brett Booth will be the featured artist on this book, with additional art by Philip Tan, Kevin Keane, and Thomas Nachlik, with colors by FCO, Andrew Dalhouse, and others. Gunslinger Spawn #1 will feature covers by a roster of superstar artists: Greg Capullo, John Romita Jr., TonTon Revolver, Booth, McFarlane, and The Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman! McFarlane will take the lead on writing the regular ongoing story, and he and Aleš Kot tackle the back-up tales.
Gunslinger Spawn #1 cover G adds another level of excitement to this new ongoing series. With pencils by Booth and inks by McFarlane, this cover, along with both the King Spawn #1 and The Scorched #1 (releasing in December 2021), interconnects to form one epic work of art.
Gunslinger Spawn #1 includes a 1:250 retailer incentive cover for retailers who order 250 copies. McFarlane will hand-sign and create a unique sequential number for each issue just like he did for the record-breaking King Spawn #1 (based on the Final Order Cutoff total). Each signed Gunslinger Spawn #1 1:250 includes a CGC Certificate of Authenticity that retailers can send in and redeem through CGC to have their books graded. This is the only time McFarlane will sign the Gunslinger Spawn#1 1:250 incentive copy issue.
Additionally, a Gunslinger Spawn #1 1:50 incentive variant cover by Capullo will be offered to retailers who order 50 copies.
For every 250 Gunslinger Spawn #1 issues ordered, retailers will become eligible to order five incentive covers of Gunslinger Spawn #1 by Capullo and one Gunslinger Spawn #1 McFarlane incentive cover.
“Gunslinger Spawn returns with a vengeance, and he will make Spawn look like a Boy Scout,” said McFarlane, Spawn creator and President at Image Comics. “Finally, fans will get a glimpse into his history as we dig deeper into his past and explore his future.”
The Spawn character was first introduced in 1992, to a record-setting of 1.7 million copies that still stands today as the highest-selling, creator-owned comic issue of all time. Published by Image Comics (the third largest comic publisher in North America), the Spawn character also set a record as the longest-running, creator-owned comic on the planet when issue #301 was published in 2019. In August 2021, the newest Spawn Universe title King Spawn #1 sales numbers demolished The Avengers’ record and became a 25-year record-breaking new superhero monthly title launch.
Gunslinger Spawn #1 will be available at comic book shops (48 pages, full color, rated: Teen+, $5.99, premium 10 pt cover stock) and on digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play on Wednesday, October 20:
· Cover A by Booth – Diamond Code AUG210013
· Cover B by McFarlane – Diamond Code AUG210014
· Cover C by John Romita Jr. – Diamond Code JUL219298
· Cover D by Greg Capullo – Diamond Code JUL219299
· Cover E by Robert Kirkman – Diamond Code JUL219300
· Cover F by TonTon Revolver – Diamond Code JUL219301
· Cover G by Booth (Connecting Cover) – Diamond Code JUL219302
· Cover H 1:50 copy incentive by Capullo (Raw Pencils) – Diamond Code JUL219303
· Cover I 1:250 copy signed incentive by McFarlane – Diamond Code JUL219304
ABOUT SPAWN, LEGENDARY ARTISTS AND SPAWN CREATOR AND IMAGE COMICS PRESIDENT, TODD MCFARLANE
Todd McFarlane’s Spawn is one of the world’s best-selling and longest-running monthly comic books, with several hundred million copies sold worldwide in more than 120 countries. McFarlane’s new title, SPAWN’S UNIVERSE #1, is Image Comics’ top-selling first issue of the 21st Century. IMAGE COMICS is one of the largest comics publisher in North American and McFarlane is the co-founder and president. In August 2021, the newest Spawn Universe title King Spawn #1 sales numbers demolished The Avenger’s record and became a 25-year record-breaking new superhero monthly title launch.
McFarlane’s Spawn made history with the release of the historic Spawn #300, and Spawn #301 has earned the Guinness World Records title for the longest-running creator-owned superhero comic book series in the world. The road to McFarlane’s history-making comic run began in 1992 when he co-founded Image Comics and the released Spawn #1, still the single-best-selling issue all-time for any creator-owned comic.
The comic became an Emmy Award-winning animated series on HBO and a live-action feature film grossing more than $100 million. In addition, McFarlane became a true comic book superstar for his record-setting work on Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man franchise and held the world’s record for most sales of a superhero book written and drawn by the same person, with Spider-Man #1 published by Marvel in the ’90s. He co-created Marvel’s top villain Venom, appearing in multiple titles and a successful movie for Sony’s film division.
After garnishing prominent success in the comic industry, McFarlane founded the international award-winning McFarlane Toys, one of America’s top action figure manufacturers. In 2020, the new release of a Spawn figure on Kickstarter set a new Kickstarter record, in its category, for raising just under $3.5 million in 30 days.
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