todd mcfarlane: c/d

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The Spawn movie is one of the most unpleasantly cynical films ever made.

chap who would dare to violate the least amount of laws of physics (chap), Sunday, 16 October 2005 19:20 (sixteen years ago) link

The special effects in "Hell" look straight out of a first-generation CD-ROM game.

adam (adam), Sunday, 16 October 2005 19:36 (sixteen years ago) link

i guess probably one of the main reasons i started this topic was because for all his seeming importance in the '90s he's barely mentioned here

Would I be too wrong if I rephrased that sentence and say "he's barely mentioned ANYWhere"? I mean, the last five years have seen Spawn going from being a highlight of the mainstream to something closer to a lurker.

I'd say he had great ideas for augmenting Spidey's visual impact and, graphically, the character was never the same after him. Then again, for all his great ideas in the design department, he became very limited in the plain-comic-book-artist department.

iodine (iodine), Sunday, 16 October 2005 20:45 (sixteen years ago) link

(plain-comic-book-artist = everything that's outside of design ideas, in McFarlane's case)

iodine (iodine), Sunday, 16 October 2005 20:51 (sixteen years ago) link

I've just seen the ad for that Spidey game on TV, and it looks most like Romita Jr's version to me.

chap who would dare to violate the least amount of laws of physics (chap), Sunday, 16 October 2005 21:08 (sixteen years ago) link

His company makes good action figures. I don't have much time for his comics.

William Paper Scissors (Rock Hardy), Sunday, 16 October 2005 21:10 (sixteen years ago) link

Chap OTM about C when your'e 14, D when you grow up.

For such a popular - he was THE Big Gun for a while when he hopped off Amazing and onto his own Spidey title - artist his stuff was remarkeably weird. Especially on Amazing, when he was inking himself. His characters are all caricatures, bulbous-nosed, long-chinned, either spindly or ball-like, his inking is a hideous mess of lines that somehow works and looks alright. His re-imagining of how Spiderman could look was interesting, though.
He did one great cover - that Hulk cover with the Hulk reflected in Wolverine's claws. Again, I thought that was amazing as a 14 year old.
But once he became a businessman, he seemed to stop trying and his art got worse. From interviews I've read with him, apart from seeming to be an asshole, he seems to have never really loved comics.

His writing is terrible. Those issues of Spawn written by Gaiman, Sim etc - while undoubtedly hack-work - make his stuff seem like the adolescent rubbish it is.

David N (David N.), Sunday, 16 October 2005 23:24 (sixteen years ago) link

ooh is that game fun?

it was pretty good!! my chums & i rented that, ultimate hulk and the new katamari... spidey was enjoyable and kind of interesting in that they don't really make web-swinging as easy as pie... there seemed to be a bit of a learning curve. but god the voices got annoying fast!

hulk on the other hand was pretty wild! totally destructible city--knock over skyscrapers, throw trucks at helicopters, jump on everything... HULK SMASH!

s1ocki (slutsky), Monday, 17 October 2005 01:11 (sixteen years ago) link

When was the last time McFarlane drew an entire comic? It must be over a decade now. That would explain most of it, really. He's put all his energy into the far more lucrative toy industry. The dude's always been about making money and blowing loads of it on lame baseball memorobilia.

Matthew C Perpetua (inca), Monday, 17 October 2005 10:37 (sixteen years ago) link

The Image Comics 10th Anniversary hardcover has not yet appeared, 13 years after Image started, because of having to wait for McFarlane's story.

kit brash (kit brash), Monday, 17 October 2005 10:45 (sixteen years ago) link

Hmm, the H@rl@n Ell1son of comics? A lot of flash, occasional talent, desperately interested in what everybody thinks of him, unable to get the big projects out the door?

William Paper Scissors (Rock Hardy), Monday, 17 October 2005 11:11 (sixteen years ago) link

And what would those big projects be, apart from Miracleman?

iodine (iodine), Monday, 17 October 2005 11:53 (sixteen years ago) link

Suing for the rights to Miracleman? And grapping legally w/ hockey goons? And learning how to drawr feet?

David R. (popshots75`), Monday, 17 October 2005 11:55 (sixteen years ago) link

An artist's ability to draw feet seems to have quite a correlation with how they're percieved by the ILC massive.

chap who would dare to violate the least amount of laws of physics (chap), Monday, 17 October 2005 12:10 (sixteen years ago) link

FEET!

feet (Austin, Still), Monday, 17 October 2005 12:15 (sixteen years ago) link

Seriously, it's really only an issue to me as a symptom of a more general disregard for anatomy, especially the boring (ie: non-tit) parts. It's very weird and distracting for me to look at drawings where everything is deeply and meticulously rendered on the thorax, and even sometimes the legs, but the feet resemble a pair of pancakes. It's even more weird and distracting when compositions are consistently and awkwardly constructed to avoid showing feet at all.

Austin Still (Austin, Still), Monday, 17 October 2005 12:45 (sixteen years ago) link

All D, all ages, all the time. Responsible for one of the most ugly, boring, hackworthy, quick-buck grabbing phases in comics history. End.

Great on Hulk, though. Shame he had to start writing.

Chuck_Tatum (Chuck_Tatum), Monday, 17 October 2005 21:25 (sixteen years ago) link

His character designs are amazing and I really, really liked the backstory/vision behind Spawn. There was a fifth person involved with Image, yes? (Liefeld, Lee, McFarlane, Silvestri, ???) I always thought that McFarlane was the best splash artist of the Image bunch (though with Lee and Silvestri in there, not by much).

The Ghost of Black Elegance (Dan Perry), Monday, 17 October 2005 21:33 (sixteen years ago) link

Ha, I was thinking of Jim Valentino! I forgot about Erik Larsen, oops.

The Ghost of Black Elegance (Dan Perry), Monday, 17 October 2005 21:44 (sixteen years ago) link

I just got back from my pub quiz, and one of the questions was "What comic character is former US goverment mercenary Al Simmons better known as?" We won by one question! First time my supreme geekiness has reaped actual financial reward.

chap who would dare to violate the least amount of laws of physics (chap), Monday, 17 October 2005 22:34 (sixteen years ago) link

You forgot Whilce Portacio too, Dan.

kit brash (kit brash), Tuesday, 18 October 2005 05:42 (sixteen years ago) link

Clamps obnoxious little ex-pat brother.

droid, Tuesday, 18 October 2005 09:02 (sixteen years ago) link

I think everyone's forgotten Whilce Portacio by now!

The Ghost of Black Elegance (Dan Perry), Tuesday, 18 October 2005 11:00 (sixteen years ago) link

Tom's point abt 'storytelling' is well made and spot on. Although i've always found McFarlane's drawings to be hideously ugly, his comics are not especially difficult to follow - even if they were, what's wrong w/ a little visual overload/sensualism at the expense of narrative clarity - it never did Dario Argento any harm!

Ward Fowler (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, 18 October 2005 11:44 (sixteen years ago) link

I've never been interested in reading his Image stuff but when he was on X-Men I was kind of in love with Mark Silvestri's art.

The Ghost of Black Elegance (Dan Perry), Tuesday, 18 October 2005 12:36 (sixteen years ago) link

fourteen years pass...

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spawnmasterworks/original-spawn-comic-and-toy-remastered-2020
total grampa energy off todd these days

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 9 April 2020 16:12 (two years ago) link

£614,862 pledged of £80,668


what the fuck

force ghost bg (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 9 April 2020 16:21 (two years ago) link

Spawn Head Possibilities will be my new username.

(If i we’re into such things, I imagine I would find that “remastered” figure to be pretty cool)

morrisp, Thursday, 9 April 2020 17:49 (two years ago) link

now at 1.8 million after two weeks. everyone's priorities totally straight, yes?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 18:48 (two years ago) link


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