Spawn did a Joseph - Spawn starts the new year by resurrecting a bum killed in the local gang war, weakening himself by draining his limited power...but spare some power to heal his face, NOOOOO, the shoelace stays!
In the second issue of the Angela mini-series, we get to see more of Angela's trophy room. We know that Malebolgia recruit Spawns from all dimensions, so aside from humans, there are robots, aliens and in this case, an anonymous Giant Spawn.
Spawn, Al Simmons the Spawn that is, also appeared as a Spiked Spawn and this is before the 1997 Movie when Spawn first appeared with spikes all over him!
Gaiman is quite circumspect about this scene in the final page of Angela #2. So, are they snuggling up to keep warm or is it a prelude to a sexual encounter of the most yucky kind! Angela, bless her, needs a very strong stomach to tolerate that face.
Second appearance of Spawn in a Supreme comics and unlike his first appearance in Supreme #15, this visit was brief and happens only in the final page.
Radioactive Man #1000
A parody of the comics industry, notably Image. Spawn did not appeared per se but there are a lot of oblique references of him. On the cover, Radioactive Man is tripping on his overly long cape ala Spawn and there is also a "Prawn" character who lives in an alley with homeless people.
As mentioned, Spawn appeared in all the three issues of the Angela mini-series. The end issue of this interesting tale of Angela and her guest star who found himself moving issue #29 of Spawn.
Badrock and Company #6
Spawn appeared in this issue on the final page...I lost count on the number of times Spawn appeared on the final page of a crossover...in this case, Badrock and Company #6 continues with Shadowhawk #17. I learned of Spawn appearance in this issue through 'Murch' from the Spawn Message Board.
Chapel Vol 1 #1
Brian Stinson aka Chapel reflect on his life, including his role in the death of his best friend - Al Simmons. As a keepsake of those memory, he kept a photograph of the Hellspawn with him in bed.
Angela-Spawn Continuity - The Angela mini-series is recognised as a continuity in the main series. In this issue, Spawn is now back on Earth after his foray in Heaven.
Shadowhawk Vol 3 #17
The second appearance of Spawn in the Shadowhawk Universe of Jim Valentino. This issue is a continuation from Badrock and Company #6. This issue is particularly Spawn-centric, never seen a crossover where Spawn plays such an important co-starring role, as a matter of fact Valentino dedicated this issue to Todd McFarlane, referring to him as his inspiration.
No Stitching Up? - In Spawn #30, Spawn got a bullet hole in his cranium courtesy of the KKK. In an illustration of selective surgery, the wound was somehow healed without the aid of shoelaces.
How Spawn survive - If you notice, more often than not, Spawn managed to survive purely through luck. In this issue, he is easily defeated by the Redeemer but instead of finishing him off, the Redeemer teleports himself away with Bobby, the bum that Spawn brought back to life! This reminds me of all those good guys vs bad guys movie where the bad guys just wouldn't killed the good guys off for good. You know, the classic "I am going to tie you to the sidings of the railway tracks...".
Operation: Knightstrike #1
The appearance in Operation: Knightstrike is that of the human form of Spawn - Al Simmons. He is part of a group of elite soldiers codenamed Knightstrike. The story, written by Brian Witten and illustrated by Richard Horie is about the recruitment of these bad boys and having them fought the Russians in Afghanistan. Simmons is able to appear because the storyline is set in 1986 and anyway, the story of Simmons is secondary as compared to that of Battlestone and Chapel. This series is not part of the official continuity, it would be ridiculous if it is since Simmons is such an insignificant character that he would fly under the radar of Malebolgia's watch.
Ka-mate Ka-mate Ka-ora Ka-ora - Spawn discard the gaudy colour of a red ribcage suit to that of an all-black suit.
Angela: Ocean of Evil. Vessel of the Doomed
A 16-page one-shot of Angela written by Beau Smith and illustrated by Brad Gorby appeared as a promotional item together with Spawn #32.
Two Spawns appeared in this short story. Aside from Al Simmons' Spawn, we are introduced to Cut Throat the Pirate Spawn. This Captain of the Damned is the inspiration for the Pirate Spawn's collectible figure of Series 21 (Feb 2002). Click here for larger images of Cut-Throat.
Operation: Knightstrike #2
The continued appearance of Al Simmons, very minor role.
Spawn: Blood Feud #1
A four-issue mini-series written by Alan Moore (yet again) and illustrated by Tony Daniel and Kevin Conrad. We learned that the symbiote suit of Spawn is called K7 Leetha and that there is a very powerful vampire called John Sansker who aims to put his Hong Kong masterplan in action in 2010.
This mini-series has been acknowledged as part of the main story's continuum. Hope they remember that in 2010.
The Deadly Duo Vol 2 #1
The duo here referred to Kill-Cat and Kid Avenger. Here, in the launch of Volume 2 Issue 1, the duo battled Fusion who tried to take out a bum from Spawn's alley. The image of the inside art is that of Kill-Cat dressed in Spawn costume w/o the chains. Check out those bug eyes, how spidermanesque can one get? This second series of Deadly Duo is written by Erik Larsen and Gary Carlson and illustrated by John Cleary. There are altogether four issues in this second volume.
Operation: Knightstrike #3
I am not sure if this is meant to be a mini-series or another botched monthly series but there are only three issues to date. #3 ended with the usual cliff-hanger but there is no #4. Simmons is a minor character in this team of elite soldiers...so minor that it makes you wonder why Malebolgia selects him and not let's said Battlestone.
Spawn: Blood Feud #2
Continuing the saga of Spawn by Alan Moore. Spawn decided to divorce K7 Leetha.
Spawn: Dead End
A 12-page one-shot written by Eldon Asp that is contained inside the boardgame manufactured by Pressman Toys called 'Spawn the Game'. There is no mention of the month of release so July 1995 is a guess. I wrote to Pressman Toys and they have no idea of the date of release too. Thanks to 'mikec8785' from the Spawn message board who clarified that the story contained here is exactly the same as that of the Dec 1994 toy comic found with Spawn Alley Action Playset. The only two differences being that, firstly the original toy comic contained 3 pages of preview to 'Spawnmobile' whilst this copy has 5 pages of rules on the boardgame and secondly, the cover is a 1995 art by John Cleary.
Spawn: Blood Feud #3
Spawn: Blood Feud #4
The conclusion to Spawn vs Sansker.
New Shadowhawk #3
Spawn is shown in one of the surveillance camera screens.
The cover said August but the printing detail in the inside page said December.
In the pin-up section by Brad Gorby, a female spawn appeared next to Al and at the bottom, it said that Deathnell is the property of TM.
Chapel Vol 2 #5
This is the second volume of Chapel produced by Extreme Studios (Image Comics) written by Robert Napton and Brian Witten and illustrated by Calvin Irving with Richard Horie and Dietrich Smith. The story continues from Youngblood where Chapel killed himself in order to gain the power of Spawn. If you need a reminder on unimaginative and regurgitated plots, check out this issue:
1. The Destroy Earth Scenario? Check.
Lord Chapel, a bad demon (that sounds so oxymoronic) wanted to destroy Planet Earth.
2. Team Up? Check.
Spawn and Chapel team up to confront Lord Chapel and save Earth.
3. Let's Fight Before We Become Good Buddy? Check.
Before any team up of superheroes (or wrestlers), it is absolutely crucial that there is a slugfest.
This second volume of Chapel lasted seven issues. The image of Spawn shown above is that of a back cover.
Marvel Riot #1
A one-shot issue by Marvel spoofing the Age of Apocalypse storyline. Spawn (no name mentioned of course and showing only his back) is seen standing in the queue with Marvel characters like Spider-Man and Captain America demanding an end to crossovers.
Psyco Duck #4
Yet another spoof of Spawn contained in Pysco Duck #4 published by Pocket Change Comics. And it is not a mispelling, it is deliberate - psycho is spelled as psyco. Have no idea of the date yet as this image is from eBay.
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