History ComicBook / Spawn

17th Oct '16 5:14:01 PM nombretomado
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** Speaking of Batman, he's has a few crossovers with the guy, with one written by FrankMiller and the other by all three main ''Batman'' writers of the '90s (that's to say, Alan Grant, Chuck Dixon ''and'' Doug Moench all chipped in.)

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** Speaking of Batman, he's has a few crossovers with the guy, with one written by FrankMiller Creator/FrankMiller and the other by all three main ''Batman'' writers of the '90s (that's to say, Alan Grant, Chuck Dixon ''and'' Doug Moench all chipped in.)



* ShoutOut: Early in the comics, Spawn is hanging out with two homeless men in an alley, one's named Frank, the other Alan. [[FrankMiller Frank's drinking Miller brand beer]], and [[Creator/AlanMoore Alan's drinking Moore brand beer.]] Alan also has an epic beard, like someone we know.

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* ShoutOut: Early in the comics, Spawn is hanging out with two homeless men in an alley, one's named Frank, the other Alan. [[FrankMiller [[Creator/FrankMiller Frank's drinking Miller brand beer]], and [[Creator/AlanMoore Alan's drinking Moore brand beer.]] Alan also has an epic beard, like someone we know.
2nd Oct '16 8:57:15 AM JamesAustin
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%%** BiggerBad: Malebolgia
29th Jul '16 10:22:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* MeaningfulName: Malebolgia. Named after the circle of fraud in [[TheDivineComedy Dante's Inferno]]. Fitting considering how well it turns out to make a deal with him.

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* MeaningfulName: Malebolgia. Named after the circle of fraud in [[TheDivineComedy [[Literature/TheDivineComedy Dante's Inferno]]. Fitting considering how well it turns out to make a deal with him.
2nd Jul '16 2:25:01 PM Morgenthaler
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After dying and going to Hell, Al meets a demon lord by the name of Malebolgia, and his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Violator (who goes disguised as a clown in the mortal realm). He makes a DealWithTheDevil in an attempt to go back to his "loving" wife Wanda Blake. He comes back as a NinetiesAntiHero with a living costume and Green Goo powers, powerful but finite, and must use those powers to increase the army of Hell and train as one of its lieutenants, called (Hell)Spawns, as Malebolgia, [[TheManBehindTheMan Mammon]], and [[BigBad Satan]] prepare for the Apocalypse. He finds a {{Mentor}} named Cogliostro, a retired Spawn who fills the role of TheObiWan and AllPowerfulBystander.

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After dying and going to Hell, Al meets a demon lord by the name of Malebolgia, and his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Violator (who goes disguised as a clown in the mortal realm). He makes a DealWithTheDevil in an attempt to go back to his "loving" wife Wanda Blake. He comes back as a NinetiesAntiHero with a living costume and Green Goo powers, powerful but finite, and must use those powers to increase the army of Hell and train as one of its lieutenants, called (Hell)Spawns, as Malebolgia, [[TheManBehindTheMan Mammon]], and [[BigBad Satan]] prepare for the Apocalypse. He finds a {{Mentor}} named Cogliostro, a retired Spawn who fills the role of TheObiWan and AllPowerfulBystander.



* TheObiWan: Cogliostro. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]]: "All right, [[StarWars Yoda]]."
7th Jun '16 5:12:13 PM Dravencour
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After his death, Al meets a devil named Malebolgia, and his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Violator (who goes disguised as a clown in the mortal realm). He makes a DealWithTheDevil in an attempt to go back to his "loving" wife Wanda Blake. He comes back as a NinetiesAntiHero with a living costume and Green Goo powers, powerful but finite, and must use those powers to increase the army of Hell and train as one of its lieutenants, called (Hell)Spawns, as Malebolgia, [[TheManBehindTheMan Mammon]], and [[BigBad Satan]] prepare for the Apocalypse. He finds a {{Mentor}} named Cogliostro, a retired Spawn who fills the role of TheObiWan and AllPowerfulBystander.

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After his death, dying and going to Hell, Al meets a devil named demon lord by the name of Malebolgia, and his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Violator (who goes disguised as a clown in the mortal realm). He makes a DealWithTheDevil in an attempt to go back to his "loving" wife Wanda Blake. He comes back as a NinetiesAntiHero with a living costume and Green Goo powers, powerful but finite, and must use those powers to increase the army of Hell and train as one of its lieutenants, called (Hell)Spawns, as Malebolgia, [[TheManBehindTheMan Mammon]], and [[BigBad Satan]] prepare for the Apocalypse. He finds a {{Mentor}} named Cogliostro, a retired Spawn who fills the role of TheObiWan and AllPowerfulBystander.
31st May '16 1:05:46 AM Arawn999
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Furthermore, the heavily-publicized idea of creator rights surrounding {{Image}} in the early [[TheNineties nineties]] was, unfortunately, muddled when creator Todd [=McFarlane=] stopped writing and drawing the comic himself, and even had legal problems for using characters created by Creator/NeilGaiman (Angela - who eventually was sent to the MarvelUniverse because of this - and Cogliostro). However, he has since announced his intention to return to the main series, and is in the credits as co-writer and inks for the next few currently-unreleased issues.

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Furthermore, the heavily-publicized idea of creator rights surrounding {{Image}} in the early [[TheNineties nineties]] was, unfortunately, muddled when creator Todd [=McFarlane=] stopped writing and drawing the comic himself, and even had legal problems for using characters created by Creator/NeilGaiman (Angela - who eventually was sent to the MarvelUniverse because of this - Cogliostro, and Cogliostro).Medieval Spawn). However, he has since announced his intention to return to the main series, and is in the credits as co-writer and inks for the next few currently-unreleased issues.



* BadassBiker

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* %%* BadassBiker



* DarkIsNotEvil: Spawn.

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* DarkIsNotEvil: Spawn.Spawn is a demon who fights crime.



* DeadToBeginWith

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* %%* DeadToBeginWith



* EatMe: "[[VerbThis EAT THIS!]]" *[[AudibleSharpness SHINK]]*

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* %%* EatMe: "[[VerbThis EAT THIS!]]" *[[AudibleSharpness SHINK]]*



* EvilTwin: Inverted, ''{{Heaven}}'' creates a good-infused anti-Spawn with The Redeemer.
** [[LightIsNotGood "Good" being a highly subjective term here...]]
* {{Expy}}: Spawn is more or less ComicBook/{{Venom}} (another [=McFarlane=] creation) with Comicbook/GhostRider's [[ChainPain chains]] and supernatural powers, topped off with a [[BadassCape big scary cape]].
** Even though [=McFarlane=] has claimed to be Venom's creator in the past, the character was the result of many writers, editors, and at least one other artist (Mike Zeck, the designer of the black costume that Venom would later wear). [=McFarlane=]'s influence was limited to Venom's famous grin and the name only. Interestingly enough, the third incarnation of Venom, Mac Gargan, was drawn as having glowing green eyes inside the symbiote's white eye-patches, making ''him'' an expy of Spawn.
*** Spawn also bears not-insignificant resemblance to the Prowler, another black anti-hero that [=McFarlane=] had previously drawn when he was still pencilling Spider-Man comics. [[http://www.headinjurytheater.com/article75.htm This hasn't gone unnoticed by some of the fans.]]

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* EvilTwin: Inverted, ''{{Heaven}}'' creates a good-infused anti-Spawn with The Redeemer.
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Redeemer. [[LightIsNotGood "Good" being a highly subjective term here...]]
* {{Expy}}: {{Expy}}:
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Spawn is more or less a demonic version of ComicBook/{{Venom}} (another [=McFarlane=] creation) co-creation) with Comicbook/GhostRider's [[ChainPain chains]] and supernatural powers, topped off with a [[BadassCape big scary cape]].
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cape]]. Even though [=McFarlane=] has claimed to be Venom's creator in the past, the character was the result of many writers, editors, and at least one other artist (Mike Zeck, the designer of the black costume that Venom would later wear). [=McFarlane=]'s influence was limited to Venom's monstrous appearance - his claws and famous grin - and the name only. Interestingly enough, the third incarnation of Venom, Mac Gargan, was drawn as having glowing green eyes inside the symbiote's white eye-patches, making ''him'' an expy of Spawn.
*** ** Spawn also bears not-insignificant resemblance to the Prowler, another black anti-hero that [=McFarlane=] had previously drawn when he was still pencilling Spider-Man comics. [[http://www.headinjurytheater.com/article75.htm This hasn't gone unnoticed by some of the fans.]]



* FiveBadBand: Violator and his brothers, prior to Violator's banishent anyway.
** BigBad: Violator
** TheDragon: Vandalizer
** TheBrute: Vaporizer
** TheEvilGenius: Vindicator
** TheDarkChick: Vacillator
** BiggerBad: Malebolgia
* [[GodIsEvil God Is A]] [[JerkassGods Jerkass]]
* GodAndSatanAreBothJerks: Oh yeah. Even The Creator of All is disappointed with their petty rivalry, and both of them are absolute monsters. Even when they're reincarnated as humans, forgetting their true memories, they show their true colors by violently attacking each other, torturing Wanda's hamster and otherwise causing all manner of havoc.
** Arguably averted given the nature of the Mother of Existence who is pretty much an over deity who is actively trying to help humanity.
* GothicPunk

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* %%* FiveBadBand: Violator and his brothers, prior to Violator's banishent anyway.
** %%** BigBad: Violator
** %%** TheDragon: Vandalizer
** %%** TheBrute: Vaporizer
** %%** TheEvilGenius: Vindicator
** %%** TheDarkChick: Vacillator
** %%** BiggerBad: Malebolgia
* [[GodIsEvil GodIsEvil: Prior to the retcon, God Is A]] [[JerkassGods Jerkass]]
was just as bad as Satan.
* GodAndSatanAreBothJerks: Oh yeah. Even The Creator of All is disappointed with their petty rivalry, and both of them are absolute monsters. Even when they're reincarnated as humans, forgetting their true memories, they show their true colors by violently attacking each other, torturing Wanda's hamster and otherwise causing all manner of havoc.
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havoc. Arguably averted given the nature of the Mother of Existence who is pretty much an over deity who is actively trying to help humanity.
* %%* GothicPunk



* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Subverted, and got [=McFarlane=] into deep shit later on.
** To elaborate, one of Spawn's primary antagonists was a {{Mafia}} boss named Tony Twist, whom [=McFarlane=] named after a real-life NHL player. The player was not amused.

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* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Subverted, and got [=McFarlane=] into deep shit later on.
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on. To elaborate, one of Spawn's primary antagonists was a {{Mafia}} boss named Tony Twist, whom [=McFarlane=] named after a real-life NHL player. The player was not amused.



* LightIsNotGood: The demons of Hell are ObviouslyEvil, but {{God}} and the angels aren't exactly nice guys, either.

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* LightIsNotGood: LightIsNotGood:
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The demons of Hell are ObviouslyEvil, but {{God}} and the angels aren't exactly nice guys, either.



* MonsterClown: [[CaptainObvious Clown/Violator]]
* MoreDakka

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* MonsterClown: [[CaptainObvious Clown/Violator]]
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Clown/Violator]] is a demon trapped in the form of a monstrous clown.
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MoreDakka



* OhCrap

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* OhCrapOhCrap: In the animated series, Chapel has one.



* OurAngelsAreDifferent
* OurDemonsAreDifferent

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* %%* OurAngelsAreDifferent
* %%* OurDemonsAreDifferent



* [[KingOfAllCosmos Queen Of All Cosmos]]: Mother of Existence.

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* [[KingOfAllCosmos Queen Of All Cosmos]]: KingOfAllCosmos: Mother of Existence.Existence, [=McFarlane=]'s take on ComicBook/{{Miracleman}}.



* {{Retcon}}: ''Spawn: Resurrection'' is a ContinuityReboot of sorts that undoes most of what went on between Al becoming a Hellspawn and his suicide: [[spoiler:God is now a good guy, the Man of Miracles arc never happened, and Al Simmons had a son who was stillborn rather than a daughter he aborted himself.]]
** Al being a wife beater probably counts too, considering it hadn't even been hinted at early on. It just got shoved into continuity at some point.

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* {{Retcon}}: ''Spawn: Resurrection'' is a ContinuityReboot of sorts that undoes most of what went on between Al becoming a Hellspawn and his suicide: [[spoiler:God God is now a good guy, good, the Man of Miracles arc never happened, and Al Simmons had a son who was stillborn rather than a daughter he aborted himself.]]
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himself. Al being a wife beater probably counts too, considering it hadn't even been hinted at early on. It just got shoved into continuity at some point.



* TheSymbiote: Spawn's outfit. It acts on its own to save Spawn ''several times''. [[ClingyCostume And boy is it]] ''[[ClingyCostume pissed]]'' [[ClingyCostume when Spawn tries to get rid of it]] due to having been convinced it's killing people vampire-style while he's asleep.

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* TheSymbiote: Spawn's outfit.outfit is essentially a demonic version of Venom, and is even called a symbiote. It acts on its own to save Spawn ''several times''. [[ClingyCostume And boy is it]] ''[[ClingyCostume pissed]]'' [[ClingyCostume when Spawn tries to get rid of it]] due to having been convinced it's killing people vampire-style while he's asleep.
31st May '16 12:42:12 AM whateveryousay21
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* {{Bowdlerise}}: The action figure packages referred to Hell as "The Draklands", for obvious marketing reasons.

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* {{Bowdlerise}}: The action figure packages referred to Hell as "The Draklands", Darklands", for obvious marketing reasons.reasons. ShadowHawk's action figure bio also excludes any mention of the character having HIV. Despite the amount of gore the toys DID get away with, the bio notes do tend to pull their punches when necessary
27th May '16 11:27:08 PM whateveryousay21
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* CanonForeigner: The tie-in action figure line often had free reign to create characters meant to be action figures that never appeared in the fiction. This was rather common until the focus shifted to doing scene-specific statues, giving us toys such as Interlink 6, Top Gun & Bottom Line and a slew of other characters.
18th May '16 3:20:27 PM whateveryousay21
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* CanonImmigrant:
** Jessica Priest went from the movie to the comics, in part due to rights issues with Chapel
** Cy-Gor was created for the toy line, but proved popular enough to become part of the comics.
17th May '16 11:17:53 PM whateveryousay21
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** The toy line had Quartz, a giant orange rock monster that was essentially The Thing with long quartz spikes poking out of him.
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