Oh Spawn, I’ll never look back at you without thinking of that awful movie.
From the early days of McFarlane Toys comes the very first Spawn figure. He’s the guy with a melted face and a cape that does all sorts of amazing tricks.
Seriously, this cape is too much. I don’t even want it. Obviously it was too much for the people who made that movie because the character didn’t even wear it half the time.
This was either a Christmas or birthday gift from my dear friend Vandenbergh D. Hofferstein, who thought Spawn and I would get along.
Since then, McFarlane Toys has produced about 400 versions of the figure and lord knows how many different statues and busts.
A lot of people dig Spawn, but I never got into it. I own issues No. 4 and No. 6, which I remember buying during the speculator boom in the early 90s.
That was a ridiculous period, I’ll never forget reading Wizard every month and seeing these supposedly “hot” comics in demand. But they were always Valiant Comics characters I’d never heard of, like X-O Manowar and Harbinger.
Thanks goodness I never really fell for any of it. Except for the two Spawn issues and Predator vs. Magnus Robot Fighter.
Magnus Robot Fighter. What a stupid name. Plus, why does the guy wear a skirt and knee-high boots?
Anyway, back to Spawn. Yeah, so I never got into the character or Image Comics (Make mine Marvel!) and that movie was just about the worst thing I’d ever seen. Until I saw Green Lantern.
McFarlane Toys did get my business, however, when they started making their awesome Movie Maniacs and Major League Baseball figures. A few years ago I even stopped at their store while I was in Phoenix. That was great, wish I had pictures.