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Spawn : 25 Years of Supernatural Antihero from Hell


Spawn is a fictional antihero, character Created by McFarlane that appears in a monthly comic book named after him published by Comics. The character made its first appearance in Spawn #1 (May 1992). Spawn has the 60th ranking on Wizard magazine’s list of the Top 200 Comic Book Characters of All Time, He ranks 50th on Empire magazine’s list of The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters and 36th on IGN’s 2011 Top 100 Comic Book Heroes.

The series inspired several other comics, including Angela, Curse of the Spawn, Sam and Twitch, and the Japanese manga Shadows of Spawn. Spawn was adapted into a feature film in 1997 and the character was portrayed by White. Another adaption includes the HBO animated series which lasted from 1997 until 1999.

Character’s action figures were also introduced into the market whose high level of detail earned McFarlane Toys great recognition in the toy industry. The character of Spawn also makes many appearances in annual compilations, mini-series specials written by guest authors and artists, and numerous cross-over story-lines in other comic books.

The beginning of Spawn story is one of sheer tragedy. His real name is Albert ‘AL’ Francis Simmons, he was born in Detroit, Michigan. Al was a very promising officer of the United States Marine Corps, he was later promoted and joined the States Secret Service from where he was transferred to the CIA. Simmons was then recruited into a top-secret division called the U.S. Security Group by Director Jason Wynn. It wasn’t long before Al started questioning the government’s motives which led to his murder by Bruce, a fellow officer on the orders of Wynn.

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Simmons ended up going to hell where he made a deal with Malebolgia to become a HellSpawn if he could see his dear wife Wanda again. After going back to earth Al realizes that a long time has passed and he also finds out that his wife is now married to his best friend, in a turn of events Wanda becomes pregnant with her and Al’s son, who as per prophecy is destined to decide the fate of reality. This embarks Simmons journey as a Spawn.

He takes up the role of an anti-hero and the story carries forward from here. The comic tells the story of an anti-hero constantly struggling to free himself from the control of hell, fighting crime and restoring order in the mean time. The story continues to take shifts and turns producing one of the finest comic series of all time.




A inspired short film called SPAWN: THE RECALL, is a work of fan-fiction. The film is approximately seven minutes long. The film shows a scene of a woman visiting a supermarket with her son however the child gets lost only to be found at the same place he was lost at night.

Upon being asked by his mother the child narrates his meeting with the Spawn and tells his mother that the Spawn wants to talk to her. The real plot twist is revealed after this. The short story reflects true talent it is very engaging even for its short length.