Was Someone Asking For This?

Got this in my in-box today:

With Spawn, legendary writer and artist Todd McFarlane unleashed his iconic antihero to the world, and launched the most successful independent comic book in history. Now for the first time ever, fans will be able to read Spawn in black and white format!

Spawn: Compendium 1 presents the stories and artwork that helped create the Spawn legacy. Comprised of 50 issues with over 1100 pages, Spawn Compendium 1 strips away all the color and puts focus on the hyper-detailed art Spawn is known for.

This soft cover collection is perfect for fans wanting to once again experience the raw awesomeness the interior pages of Spawn provide. This is also the perfect gift for those wanting to see why Spawn has been dominating comic book stores for decades!

in addition to Todd McFarlane’s legendary art and stories, the book includes collaborations with industry giants Greg Capullo (Batman), Alan Moore (Watchmen), Dave Sim, (Cerebus), Marc Silvestri (Uncanny X-Men, Cyberforce), Frank Miller (Sin City), and Grant Morrison (Batman).

It’s time to see Spawn like you have never seen it before! The Spawn Compendium 1 is priced at $59.99 – Less than $1.25 per issue – and will be available in comic stores nationwide Wednesday, May 30th.

Time for me to hitch up my suspenders and explain something to all the whippersnappers out there. What really separated Spawn and the rest of the early Image books from the pack was not the art. It was the coloring and printing. The Image books looked like nothing else on the stands because they were colored and printed better than anything else out there.

Mcfarlane, Lee, Valentino, Larsen, Liefield – all of them were already famous for their art. For the past two years they had been lighting it up at Marvel. And it was not like they changed their style any when they started Image. The only thing that changed (other than the character designs and the fact that they were working without editors) was the coloring and printing. The early Image books were colored by Malibu (as well as released through a partnership with Malibu) using state of the art computer coloring and were printed on high quality paper which showed off that coloring work. Marvel and DC (along with all the other publishers) were using cheap newsprint which soaked up all the ink and left everything dull and flat. The Image books were bright and shiny.

So why would Image tout the fact that they have gotten rid of the color, the one thing that really set Spawn (and the rest of the Image books) ahead of everyone else? Don’t believe the hype. The only way to truly enjoy the early Image comics is in all their colorful glory. If Image wants the world to “see why Spawn has been dominating comic book stores for decades” they should publish a full-color omnibus edition in the same way that Aspen has published full-color editions of Michael Turner’s Fathom, and Top Cow released full-color Witchblade editions.

Take it from someone who was there. It wasn’t the art. It certainly wasn’t the writing. It was the color that set Image apart. So before all you go rushing out to spend your money on this book, rummage around in the bargain bins and see if you can’t come up with the original issues. I bet you’ll like them a lot more.

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