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Uploaded on May 23, 2009
For Supanova pop culture expo, Blunty interviews comic book legend Todd McFarlane, creator of Spawn, the man responsible for the modern reinvention of Spiderman and a list of other pop-culture achievements longer than Spawn's iconic cape.
In part two of four, "Spawning SPAWN" Todd McFarlane and Blunty discuss the birth of his iconic creation, SPAWN.
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Todd McFarlane; Born in Canada in 1961, McFarlane's road trip to creative autonomy began when he accepted an assignment pencilling for Marvel/Epic Comics in March 1984. From there, he worked his way to the top of the talent roster before leaving Marvel to help found Image Comics with six other artists.
It was then that Todd introduced his own character, Spawn. The book's debut in 1992 sold an amazing 1.7 million copies, an unprecedented feat in independent comics. From there came a whirlwind of growth and expansion: more comics, action figures, film, animation and the Web.
In 1994, Todd founded McFarlane Toys, because he wanted to maintain maximum creative control over his Spawn character. Over the years, the company has become one of the largest, most renowned toy manufacturers in the world. In addition to Spawn, McFarlane Toys has produced figures from such properties as KISS, Shrek, X-Files, Austin Powers, Metal Gear Solid, Clive Barker, Akira, the Beatles, Army of Darkness, Jaws, Rob Zombie, Alien, Predator, AC/DC and dozens of others. http://www.spawn.com