Todd McFarlane, creator of Spawn and a co-founder at Image Comics (The Walking Dead), recently took to Facebook to show off two 23-year-old pieces of art that represent the birth of Spawn and McFarlane’s life as an indie comic guru.
The art drop was focused around a message from McFarlane encouraging his fans to follow their dreams — even if they seem far-fetched at the time. McFarlane recaps the fact that he walked away from a deal at Marvel when he was one of the company’s top assets, all to go it alone. One heck of a risky move, but no one could argue that it didn’t pay off in the end.
Here’s McFarlane’s message:
It would have been EASIER to stick with Marvel Comics!!!!!!
LIFE would have been far easier to stick with drawing Spider-Man, collect a big check, fly to conventions and act like a big shot. But instead, I turned my back on a sure thing.... and perhaps for some, an UNATTAINABLE GOAL.
But I think that's the difference between entrepreneurs and employees. I think that entrepreneurs just JUMP OFF the cliff where employees usually ask the questions, "how high is the jump, will there be a soft landing...????" Neither is BETTER than the other- they're just DIFFERENT.
When I left Marvel... I JUMPED OFF THE CLIFF into the unknown to start Image Comics and then McFarlane Toys. But I knew in that by following my heart, I would be a better husband and father. No amount of money could be buy me that!!!
I drew this Spawn promo piece the very same day I quit Marvel. This was the FIRST full-fledged Spawn promo piece and the very FIRST piece that was ever printed for the PUBLIC with Spawn on it. It's also the ONLY image of Spawn drawn in 1991... all others were copyrighted in 1992.
Moral of the story....follow your passions, good people.
Check out the vintage Spawn art below and let us know what you think:
(Via Comic Book)