We keep moving forward, already facing the summer, in the third season of ‘Paper Labyrinth’, the fantastic literature podcast that we do in Xataka in collaboration with the Minotauro publishing house. Today is the turn of a comic from the nineties of the last century that, Despite continuous reissues and its millionaire sales, it is still one of the most misunderstood titles of American comics.
Today we talk to Victor Puchalsky, Valencian mangaka and devotee of Todd McFarlane’s creation. We talked with him about how the initial success took place at the time in 1992, and how the character has evolved, from a satanic avenger with a cape to other themes that the collection has been developing without rest until today.
‘Spawn’ was the flagship collection of Image, the independent publisher created by the superstars of the mainstream Todd McFarlane, Erik Larsen, Jim Valentino, Marc Silvestri, Rob Liefeld, Whilce Portacio and Jim Lee in order to maintain the copyright of their creations. McFarlane, thanks to the success of ‘Spawn’ and his career as a manufacturer of incredible action figures, has been able to continue outside the big publishers.
In the program we also talk about how despite its success, ‘Spawn’ has always been considered a bad series by critics and part of the public. Its open commerciality, the directness of its plots and its illustrations, its long life… all are key elements that may have affected the perception of the readers. We give a few answers and claim one of the most important creations of the industry in its recent history.
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