Spawn is one of the longest continually-running creator-owned series in history, and is soon to hit the landmark 250th issue. Todd McFarlane isn’t going to let such a thing pass him by, of course.
Spawn #250 will “reset the machinery,” McFarlane tells USA Today’s Brian Truitt. The special anniversary issue will have a cover by Greg Capullo, who while no known for his three year (so far) Batman run, drew nearly a quarter of the issues of Spawn, clocking 80 single issues over 7 years. McFarlane feels “like a proud Papa” seeing Capullo’s work now, saying the artist is “rocking the comic world right now,” and says he’s the definitive artist of Spawn - despite McFarlane creating the character.
The issue also sees the return of Al Simmons in the Spawn suit, with the man in full control of the demon for the first time. The series will also see a special one-shot relaunch for Al in February’s Spawn Resurrection #1 with Brian Wood writing and Jonboy Meyers drawing. Mcfarlane’s primary direction for Wood? “Make me the dumbest guy who’s ever written the book.”
After the one-shot, the team will pick up with Spawn #251 in March and continue the numbering - it’s not a relaunch of the series, just a special to properly welcome Al back. McFarlane said he can’t “just throw it away,” and “if Marvel and DC want to renumber all their books and make me the highest-numbered book in the country, dude, I don't see that as a detriment. I see it as a badge of honor."
The series will also go digital with Spawn #250 (alongside the standard print runs), and McFarlane plans to add the full back catalog to the digital format. The 250th issue will also include fan pinups of Spawn, as voted for on McFarlane’s site, which will sit next to pinups from artists as varied as Skottie Young and Sean Murphy.