IMAGE UNITED Shelved Due to TODD McFARLANE, According to ROB LIEFELD

The epic-but-unfinished Image United crossover event was canceled midway through due to company co-founder and Spawn owner Todd McFarlane, at least according to fellow co-founder Rob Liefeld.

"Todd stopped working on it entirely, informed the rest of us he wasn’t going to contribute further. And it died," Liefeld tweeted, in response to a fan question about the project. "No chance whatsoever now that Youngblood is no longer with me or Image."

Launched in 2009, Image United was planned as a six-issue series featuring art from six of the seven Image Founders - Liefeld, McFarlane, Jim Valentino, Erik Larsen, Whilce Portacio, and Marc Silvestri - providing art, with the seventh founder, Jim Lee, creating covers. The story, written by Robert Kirkman, brought together characters created by each of the founders.

In addition to McFarlane's Spawn appearing as one of the book's main characters, the previous Spawn, Al Simmons, was the series' main villain.

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