From The Vault #3: Spider-Man #1

Periodically I pull a comic from my personal collection and share it here.  So you, dear reader can enjoy the classics from cover to cover, old ads included!

Everyone is talking about Spider-Man and no wonder, the new film was just released and it looks awesome!  I still haven’t seen it, but I definitely plan to.  In the mean time, I dug through my old Spider-Man collection and came across Spider-Man #1!  This comic brings back memories!  This is THE Spider-Man I grew to love.  Written and drawn by Todd McFarlane, this series was dark, bloody and intense.  And similar to the new film, Spider-Man goes up against The Lizard!  This comic has a beat…you can almost feel the “DOOM” vibrating off the pages.  What are you waiting for?!  Read it already!

Also just for fun, I included a four minute sneak peek of the new Spider-Man film below.  Is it just me or does the character at 0:37 yell “Somebody help me, my kid is DRUNK!”?  And then you see the kid sitting behind the wheel of the car…ROTFLOL!



3 thoughts on “From The Vault #3: Spider-Man #1

  1. Among the first Image series, McFarlane’s Spawn is the only one that really made it. All the others – Youngblood, WildC.A.T.S., Cyberforce and so on – closed or have been published by fits and starts. In fact, WildC.A.T.S. is gone for good, Youngblood counts about 70 issues, Cyberforce has been relaunched innumerous times… and Spawn never ceased to be published, counts more than 200 issues, had his own movie and is one of the most successful comic books ever. A deeply deserved success.
    Also, Todd McFarlane created an economic empire, based not only on Spawn, but also on his incredibly well done action figures. All the other founders made the worst choice of their life leaving major publishers (in fact, some of them retraced their steps); McFarlane, on the contrary, couldn’t have made a better choice.
    McFarlane had more success than the other Image founders not only because he created a better series, but also because he is very much smarter. Spawn wouldn’t have been so successful, if the idea had come to Rob Liefeld, or even to Jim Lee.
    A thing that saddens me about McFarlane is the fact that he’s been drawing less frequently, since Capullo started drawing Spawn. A man having all that artistic talent has the moral duty to exploit it as much as he can. But I understand that he doesn’t have the time to draw on a regular basis: as I wrote, he runs an economic empire.
    Another thing that disappoints me about him is an interview he made years ago. More or less, the cut and thrust was:
    Todd McFarlane: “When I started writing Spawn, I had already in mind every single aspect of his life, from the beginning to the end.”
    Journalist: “So, when will you make it end?”
    Todd McFarlane: “Spawn will live as long as he’s merchandisable.”
    I didn’t like this reply, because essentially he said “I’m making Spawn for the money, not because I love him, or because of my artistic passion.”
    Anyway, I admire him for his artistic talent, for his intelligence and for realizing his dream of making millions of dollars out of his love for comic books.

    • It’s very disappointing to hear that McFarlane only sees Spawn as just something to be merchandised. It greatly neglects the importance of Spawn and its influence on a generation of comic book nerds. Maybe all these years working in the comic industry has finally got to him and he’d rather stick with doing awesome action figures. But yes cheers to him for being a success! Regardless I’ll pick up almost anything McFarlane and enjoy it.

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