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Spawn Collection, Vol. 1 (v. 1) Paperback – January 3, 2006


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (January 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582405638
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582405636
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The perfect start to the Spawn collection.
Lou Diesel
Al Simmons/Spawn is one of the more interesting comic book characters I've read who I'd recommend to anybody.
Bob
Lucky for mei got the hard cover edition for this book which in my opinion is way better than the first one.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lou Diesel on July 13, 2006
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Awesome!!! The perfect start to the Spawn collection. The only unfortunate thing about this collection is that it doesn't include issue 9 the one that introduced Angela, Cogliostro and Medieval Spawn. They also removed issue 10. I think it had to do with some legal issues with the writers. Otherwise it is a must have.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 15, 2006
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Though I was well aware of Spawn via his action figure line, I never knew much about the character or the comics which he originated from, wondering what the big deal was about this seemingly over-popular indie hero. Upon reading the first Spawn volume (and watching the movie), I learned what the buzz was about. This graphic novel introduced one of the coolest comic book characters out there. The story was pretty good, if a little simple sometimes, the dialogue, though sometimes stilted and cliched, could be interesting, but where the book really shined is McFarlane's magnificent artwork. This guy, no matter how ridiculous his human characters can look, draws a tight-looking Spawn, chains, skulls, cape and glowing green eyes and all. The action scenes are very good too. Overall a really good introduction to Spawn. However, the two issues that really launch the title in the direction it would go in for the rest of the series, involving Cogliostro and the angels of Heaven, was left out, porbably due to the fact that McFarlane tried to screw Neil Gaiman out of his Neil's own characters he created and wrote for Spawn. While these would have made the collection way better due to their educational content in the world of Spawn, nevertheless, I still highly recommend the first volume of Spawn.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 30, 2007
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The ultra high profile and notorious comic book that made the big name companies re-think a darker edge for their mainstream characters, Todd McFarlane's Spawn is here from the beginning. After gaining much notoriety working on Marvel's Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man, McFarlane was one of the architects behind Image Comics, and Spawn helped the fledgeling company get off the ground. We all know the origin by now: government agent Al Simmons meets his demise, and strikes a deal with the devil to return to Earth to be with his beloved wife Wanda. Simmons is resurrected as the Hellspawn: complete with supernatural powers and demonic chains and charred and scarred flesh to boot. When he returns, he finds Wanda has remarried his best friend Terry, and the two have a child together as well. Not to mention that his memory has been practically obliterated, and he soon seeks vengeance on those who did him wrong. Besides Spawn himself, this first collection introduces many pivotal characters that would become icons of the series, including the foul Clown and his demonic alter-ego, the Violator, as well as the equally evil human Jason Wynn, and a host of other deadly enemies and few allies. Full of over the top violence and themes, Spawn marked a new era in comics that started off well, but began a chain reaction in character creation and storytelling that almost buried the industry forever. McFarlane's storytelling still packs a punch, but it's his artwork that is the mixed bag. His regular, normal character models have never been anything to write home about, but it's his design of Spawn that has always made the book a seller, and this is undoubtadly the best the series ever was before it grew into stale repetitiveness.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JTocco on September 24, 2009
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Spawn is classic in many ways but I believe what he stands for is more important than his stories. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, McFarlane became a comic book superstar due to his work on Marvel Comics' Spider-Man franchise. In 1992, he helped form Image Comics, pulling the occult anti-hero character Spawn from his high school portfolio and updating him for the 1990s. Spawn was a popular hero in the 1990s and encouraged a trend in creator-owned comic book properties.

This collection is great because it encompasses so many of the original books as compared to the more recent collections. Of course, issues 9 and 10 are left out because McFarlane contracted Neil Gaiman to write Spawn #9 and Dave Sim's #10 which introduced the characters Cogliostro, Angela, Medieval Spawn, and Cerebus. All four characters continued to be featured prominently in the series after their involvement, and had many tie-ins with McFarlane's toy company. After a few years Mcfarlane ceased the payment of royalties and gave them notices that he owned all rights to the characters, citing the copyright notices and claimed that their work had been work-for-hire and that McFarlane was the sole owner which turned into more lawsuits. Gaiman and Sims were eventually given soul rights so we'll never see those issues in any collections of Spawn, but if you look for the original issues online they aren't hard to find and aren't that expensive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. McBrearty on May 9, 2007
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Very good buy, that is if you're into Spawn Comics and what not. Sadly enough it's missing a few issues for licensing problems. But all in all pretty good deal and I highly enjoyed it.
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By Adam Stoneman on December 29, 2013
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I always liked the idea of a bad protagonist and McFarlane does a good job of it. I started reading it as a teen and came into the series about 21 issues in so I'm glad for this to fill in the gaps.
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