| 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 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 Amazon.com.
McFarlane and Grammy-winning international DJ Steve Aoki’s NFT Agency, Aoki Industries, have launched OddKey.com —an NFT marketplace powered by Metaplex. Founded 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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ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
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 www.imagecomics.com.