With 2012 marking the 20th anniversary of Image Comics and 20 years of one of their flagship characters, Spawn, the company will be releasing a series of posters throughout the year to commemorate this avenger from hell. The first one up: the image above by former Spawn artists and current Batman artist Greg Capullo. Spanning 24 by 36 inches, the digitally-painted image depicts Spawn mixing it up with longtime iconic nemesis, Violator. It'll be available February 15th from Image with announcements about other posters to follow soon.
This is actually one of the most interesting pieces of art I've ever seen from Capullo, whose style seems to benefit a lot from the digital medium, lending it extra depth and texture. It's also a lot cleaner and more refined piece of work, if that's your thing (and yeah, it's mine), so I really dig what he's done here with the two characters.
The poster announcement also accompanies the news that in January, Image will be releasing a line of Compendium TPBs collecting Spawn from the beginning. Similar the big softcover Walking Dead compendiums, this 984 black and white volume will collect the first 49 issues of Spawn while December sees the release of the fifth volume of the Spawn: Origins hardcover, this one collecting issues 51-62.
Here's the full roster of Spawn collections hitting in the next couple of months:
SPAWN COMPENDIUM, VOL. 1 TP
story TODD McFARLANE
art TODD McFARLANE, GREG CAPULLO & TONY DANIEL
984 PAGES / BW / T+ TEEN PLUS
TODD McFARLANE unleashed his signature creation, Spawn, in 1992. In doing so, he created the most successful independent comic book in history. Add in collaborations with industry giants ALAN MOORE, FRANK MILLER, TONY DANIEL and GRANT MORRISON and Spawn’s future as a legend was sealed.
Collected for the first time in black and white format, McFARLANE’s
hyper-detailed artwork comes to life like never before. Relive all the
excitement of everyone’s favorite anti-hero with this new collection.
Collects SPAWN #1-49
SPAWN: NEW BEGINNINGS, VOL. 2 TP
story WILL CARLTON & JON GOFF
art & cover SZYMON KUDRANSKI
152 PAGES / FC / T+
Jim Downing's re-birth as the newest Hellspawn continues! No one is safe from the 'Curse of the Spawn,' as the darkness surrounding Jim's life beings to spread, pulling Twitch and Detective Rowand deeper into a shadowy world of intrigue and horror. A crash course on the origins of Jim's new powers and the man known as Al Simmons leads to a violent confrontation with the one person Jim thought he could trust... Clown.
Collects SPAWN #207-212
SPAWN: ORIGINS BOOK FIVE HC
story TODD MCFARLANE
art GREG CAPULLO, TODD MCFARLANE, DANNY MIKI & CHANCE WOLF
cover CLAYTON CRAIN
325 PAGES / FC / T+
CLASSIC SPAWN REPRINTED IN OVERSIZED HARDCOVER – BOOK 5!
With SPAWN, legendary writer and artist TODD MCFARLANE unleashed his iconic antihero on the world, and launched the most successful independent comic book in history. SPAWN: ORIGINS BOOK FIVE HC includes classic SPAWN stories written by TODD MCFARLANE. Revisit stories of deception and betrayal, with Al's former boss, Jason Wynn, in the center of it all. Includes the epic clash between Spawn and the Savage Dragon! Extra features include color and b/w cover gallery and behind-the-scenes art. All this and more in an oversized, hardcover format complete with a wraparound painted cover by renowned artist, Clayton Crain. Grow your family of SPAWN: ORIGINS collection of books with this latest stellar addition.
Collects Spawn #51-62
SPAWN: ORIGINS, VOL. 13 TP
story TODD McFARLANE & BRIAN HOLGUIN
art GREG CAPULLO, DWAYNE TURNER & DANNY MIKI
cover CLAYTON CRAIN
152 PAGES / FC / T+
SPAWN: ORIGINS, VOL. 13 is the latest addition to the ever-expanding classic SPAWN trade paperback program. Collecting classic issues written by Spawn creator TODD McFARLANE with legendary artist GREG CAPULLO providing stellar pencil work. Spawn visits Greenworld to help restore the earth's splendor. When he returns, he helps Sam and Twitch solve a series of senseless murders.
Relive the excitement of one of the best-selling independent comics of all time and grow your SPAWN: ORIGINS TP collection!
Collects SPAWN #75-80