Spawn is a fictional superhero appearing in a monthly comic book of the same name published by American company Image Comics. Created by Todd McFarlane, the character first appeared in Spawn #1 (May 1992).
The series has spin off several other comics, including Angela, Curse of the Spawn, Sam & Twitch, and the Japanese manga Shadows of Spawn. Spawn was adapted into a 1997 feature film and portrayed by Michael Jai White, a HBO animated series lasting from 1997 until 1999, a series of action figures whose high level of detail made McFarlane Toys known in the toy industry, and a reboot film starring Jamie Foxx and Jeremy Renner. The character also appears in annual compilations, miniseries specials written by guest authors and artists, and numerous crossover storylines in other comic books.
Origin of Spawn
Albert Francis Simmons was born in Detroit, Michigan. He is the second eldest of three children (Marc, Albert, and Richard) born to Bernard Simmons – a traveling salesman – and Esther Simmons – a devil worshipper. Simmons is a highly intelligent and physically strong Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps. He later joins the United States Secret Service and becomes a highly decorated member. This leads to his recruitment to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Once in the CIA, Simmons joins the US Security Group – an umbrella agency encompassing the CIA, the NSA, and the NSC – commanded by Director Jason Wynn, and becomes a highly capable assassin.
After being murdered during a mission in Botswana when Director Wynn hires Simmons’ friend and partner, Bruce Stinson (codename Chapel), to kill him, Simmons is sent to Hell due to his life as an assassin. Making a deal with the devil, known as Malebolgia, Simmons agrees to become a Hellspawn and serve Malebolgia if he is allowed to see his wife, Wanda, one last time. Malebolgia agrees, and returns Simmons to the living realm, but stripped of nearly all his memories, with a badly burned body, and a demonic guardian, named the Violator.
After his death and subsequent rebirth, Simmons – now Spawn – arrives on Earth in a daze, off-balance and disorientated. With only vague recollections of his past and how he came to be, he only knew his name, ‘Al Simmons,’ and that he died, but nothing else.
Occasionally experiencing painful flashbacks, he eventually remembers his deal with Malebolgia, but cannot remember his wife’s name in order to return to her.
Using CIA files, he tracks down his wife to find her married to his former best friend, Terry, with a daughter named Cyan, and realises that five years have passed since his death.
Spawn soon runs into a fellow Hellspawn who informs him that his powers are fuelled by Necroplasm, and once they are fully depleted, he will return to Hell.
Not wanting to return to Hell, Spawn attempts to find a new purpose in life, while using as little power as possible. Spawn is thrust into several antihero adventures where he takes down street gangs and organised crime in New York City in a brutal fashion. Battling against Italian mobsters and later (eventually) killing a serial murderer and paedophile, Billy Kincaid, Spawn finds a new purpose in stopping evil.
- Spawn (comics), a fictional character in the comic series of the same name and in the associated franchise.
- Spawn: Armageddon, a 2003 video game based on the comic series for sixth generation consoles.
- Spawn: In the Demon’s Hand, a 1999 arcade game based on the comic series.
- Spawn (1997 film), a cinema adaptation of the comic series.
- Spawn (1999 video game), a video game for the Game Boy Colour.
- Spawn (upcoming film), an upcoming American superhero film.
- Spawn: Godslayer, a spin-off comic series.
- Todd McFarlane’s Spawn (also known as Spawn: The Animated Series), an American adult animation television series which aired on HBO from 1997 through 1999.
- Spawn: The Animation, an upcoming American animated series; the sequel to Todd McFarlane’s Spawn.
Production & Filming Details
- Creator(s): Todd McFarlane.
- Release Date: May 1992 to Present.
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- Rating: TV-MA/12-18 (Film/TV episode dependent).
- Country: US.
- Language: English.