Cursed Hellspawn stars in special Spawn #1 25th Anniversary edition

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Spawn creator, avid sports nut and Image Comics co-founder Todd McFarlane promises that a new Spawn movie reboot is coming, and that he's diligently working on the screenplay. But we've been fooled before, so I'm not getting my hopes up. Until some official announcement is delivered down from above, and we can confidently forget all memories of the awful 1997 Hollywood adaptation, we can still cling to the silver anniversary of the first Spawn comic this year.

Image is marking the impressive milestone by releasing a special Director's Cut birthday issue of the horror title's premiere comic today. The Hellspawn's celebratory edition will be reprinted with rare, never-seen bonus content including McFarlane's original artboards, unpublished archival artwork and new commentary and notations from McFarlane on every page.

Here's the official synopsis:

The inaugural issue of SPAWN began the saga of Al Simmons who was once the U.S. government’s greatest soldier and most effective assassin. Mercilessly executed by his own men, Simmons was resurrected from the ashes of his own grave in a flawed agreement with the powers of darkness, he was reborn as a creature from the depths of Hell. Now Al Simmons is locked on Earth fighting the evil that is locked with him. Unable to save the love of his life, Wanda, he makes it his mission to save her daughter, Cyan.

Spawn #1 burst upon the exploding comics scene of the early Nineties as a bounty of artists and writers revolutionized the way comics were written, colored and printed -- with mini-majors, imprints and indie publishers sprouting up overnight. Fans and collectors clamored for the first few issues of Spawn in the summer of 1992, and near-mint copies quickly skyrocketed to more than ten times their face value. I know, because I was one of those fevered folks who grabbed my own copies from a comic shop in Santa Monica at such inflated prices.

Check out this first look at three covers displaying art by McFarlane, Ashley Wood and Clayton Crain, then tell us if you'll relive the hell-tinged, brimstone world of the former Al Simmons when this Spawn anniversary edition strikes comic stores starting May 17.

(Via Bloody Disgusting)

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