Finally, Greg Capullo makes his return to Spawn Comic for the series’s milestone issue #300. Spawn creator Todd McFarlane will be adding his final touch to Capullo’s work, inking over Capullo’s pencils. ComicBook.com has a first look at this big Spawn team-up.
Greg Capullo drew Spawn Comic for years
Greg Capullo drew Spawn for years, beginning with Spawn #16 in 1993 and culminating his run with Spawn #100. He’ll be one of several all-star guest artists contributed to the 300th issue of McFarlane’s long-running Image Comics series.
“The birth of Image Comics in 1992 was an exciting time, but there are few moments I remember more vividly than getting my hands on the first issue of SPAWN,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher & Chief Creative Officer at Image Comics. “Todd was already a comic superstar at that time–but SPAWN vibrated with an energy all its own and I think everybody knew it was destined not only to be a hit but to stand the test of time. The fact that we’re approaching issue 300 nearly 30 years later is a testament to its impact not just on Image, but on the industry as a whole. Go, Todd!”
Todd McFarlane’s SPAWN has a big milestone on the horizon —the issue #300. As this momentous occasion approaches, we’ve learned that it will feature 72-pages of artwork, with artist Greg Capullo contributing to the majority of the drawing, and McFarlane inking over Capullo’s pencils. This is the first time since 1995 that McFarlane will be contributing his pencil and inks to interior artwork.
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Other artists working on the Spawn #300 issue
The other artists working on the anniversary issue include regular Spawn artist Jason Shawn Alexander, J. Scott Campbell (Danger Girl, Spider-Man), and Jerome Opeña (Uncanny X-Force, Seven to Eternity), as well as writer Scott Snyder (Batman, Metal, Wytches). In an interview with ComicBook.com, McFarlane explained his vision for Spawn #300 and how he got Capullo and the other top comics talents on board.
What Todd McFarlane had to say?
“I didn’t want it to be what I saw with Detective [Comics] #1000, where you have 60 covers and everyone comes on, and they do a pretty picture and they’re out,” MacFarlane said..”I probably could’ve got 60 people to do 60 covers. ‘Cause you just say, ‘Hey you want to do an anniversary issue?’ It’s good for resale value if nothing else.’ But I just went, “Eh I need to do more than that.” So I go, ‘Okay, I know Jason, he’ll do some inside and outside,’ so he was a given. Then I went, ‘Who were some of the others?’ I’ve always been an admirer of Jeffrey Scott Campbell. But when I talked to him … He would turn out a cool cover. I knew that would be easy. That would be a given, at least in my brain. But I then had to say, ‘Come on. I think what would be really cool, not that I announced that Jeffrey Scott Campbell is doing cover, which should be enough excitement but that you’re drawing Spawnfor the first time. Even if its just one page, two pages, come on.’
“So I always started everyone with one or two and then I started upping the ante. So a little bit of frog in the frying pan. I go, ‘Come on!’ I go, ‘The bigger story isn’t that you’re drawing us a cover of Spawn for the first time, the bigger is that you’re just drawing Spawn for the first time.’ I’d go, ‘I think that’s cool. Come On!’ And it will allow me to have more pages for you, so that whatever characters you want to draw, that you’re going to be able to get in the cover. I can put them into your little story. Come on, come on, come on! Let little Scotty Campbell, who used to collect comic books, let that kid come to the forefront and do it for him, right? Do it because … I want to put a book together that, you and I, when we were collectors would go, ‘Oh my gosh, oh my gosh! This is cool! John Byrne came back to X-men and Terry Austin is gonna ink it. Oh my gosh!’ So, come on, join on board. And that was sort of the pitch that I gave to Greg too. Greg for a different reason ‘cause he obviously already laid down his licks. But to me it’s just a cool fun factor that the boy band is getting back together for one last tour.”
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Spawn #300 goes on sale August 29th.
SPAWN #300 is the celebration of 27 years of one the most iconic characters in comic books. It will feature 12 covers by McFarlane, Greg Capullo, Campbell, Opeña, and Alexander, including “gorgeous black and white ‘Artist Edition’ variants showcasing the original, inked artwork of both Capullo and McFarlane.” The oversized issue will be in stores on August 29, 2019 and sold at $7.99.