Superhero Spotlight: Spawn

Spawn

In honor of National Superhero Day, I thought it would be proper to talk about a hero that I grew up with, Spawn. Spawn was my first comic book I bought and still have. Now you might say that Spawn is no hero, and I would agree with that, since he is more of an anti-hero.

Spawn is the brainchild of Todd McFarlane, who had created this character during his high school years. After working for both of the 2 comic book giants, working on some of the best titles and co-creating one of the most iconic villains for Spider-Man, Venom, he decided to branch out and do his own creator-owned characters that gave birth to the Spawn comics.

Before he became Spawn, he was Albert Francis “Al” Simmons who worked for the C.I.A. as an assassin. He later questioned the U.S. Government and their motives. His boss, Jason Wynn, ordered Al’s friend and partner, Chapel, to kill him. Al’s soul went to Hell when he was killed due to his deeds of killing those he knew who were innocent. In Hell, Al made a deal with a demon named Malebolgia in order to see his wife again. Malebolgia took the deal and he was able to see his wife again…five years later. He finds his wife married to his best friend, Terry Fitzgerald, with a child. He then encounters his guide, the Violator, who appeared as a clown. The demon clown then reveals to Spawn his purpose and starts to fight him. Soon the forces of Heaven and Hell would be out to get him.

Al has met a few interesting characters along the way and has teamed up with some of them, for example, Batman. Yes, the Dark Knight teamed up with Spawn. The team-up did not last long and was only a one-shot title.

To me, the story and having Todd do the art was amazing. I was a fan of his through his previous works. I knew I would not be disappointed by buying the comic book and consider him one of my top 5 comic book characters. He may not be best looking under that mask, but Spawn has one of the best power set, and his costume looks badass as well.

Although he’s a violent character, he does what he needs to protect those he cares for. In the comics Spawn would always look after his friends and family, and that is what made me enjoy reading the book. I felt I connected with him (though without the cool symbiotic costume) through the actions he took.

There have been many different iterations of Spawn throughout the years, but my favorite is the classic look of Spawn. If you have not read Spawn, I suggest you pick it up and read it. You will not be disappointed. If you fell off the Spawn bandwagon, jump back in and give him another chance.

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Jose Gutierrez III is an IT tech by day and nerd by night.

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