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The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters
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The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, #50, Spawn
The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, Spawn

AKA: AL SIMMONS

In 1992 a group of Marvel�s top artists, frustrated with having their work exploited, walked out to form Image Comics, a place where creators would retain the rights to the characters they created. Among their numerous launch titles, Spawn would prove to be by far the most popular. Created by Spider-Man legend Todd MacFarlane, Spawn was a murdered CIA operative who makes a deal with the demon Malebolgia, returning to Earth as an immortal Hellspawn. While he began as a traditional � if unorthodox - vigilante hero, Spawn grew increasingly dark over time, slipping further into an anti-hero role as the theology-heavy storylines became increasingly twisted. His popularity has since waned, but Spawn remains an iconic crusader, both for the characters in his stories and creator-owned comic books.

FIRST APPEARED IN SPAWN #1 (1992)
CREATED BY TODD MCFARLANE

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A Billowing, semi-sentient cape, trailing chains, glowing green eyes and hell-derived magical powers.
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An award-winning HBO animated series ran in the late nineties, as well as a markedly less successful live action movie starring Michael Jai White. A sequel is currently in development and has been since 1998.
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The scope of Spawn�s hell magic is limited only by his imagination. The energy fuelling it, however, is not and if Spawn ever exhausts his reserves it�s a one-way ticket back to hell.
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