The earliest Todd McFarlane Spawn art ever sold is currently up for auction. McFarlane has famously kept almost all of his Spawn art, so finding original Spawn art from the year of Spawn's debut is a first. But Heritage Auctions has found a tricky way. With a piece of pin-up art from Spawn #6 which was only inked by McFarlane. It features a full-page pinup features huge image of Spawn, with his nemesis Malebolgia brooding in the background. Now, it is not pencilled by McFarlane, but by Marat Mychaels, however McFarlane finished with inks which give the piece its familiar McFarlane flavour. This shot of Spawn with the image of Malebolgia in the skyline (drawn by Mychaels) is the first time McFarlane collaborated with another artist on the character.
This is the only piece of original McFarlane Spawn art ever to be sold from 1992, the year of its debut. The next closest such art on the market was from issue 20 from 1994. The piece is signed by McFarlane in his famous "scroll" signature, and also signed by Mychaels, twice. The piece is ink over pencil on Bristol board with an image size of 10.25" x 15.5".
Spawn is a fictional superhero created by Todd McFarlane, and who first appeared in Spawn #1 in May 1992. The series has spun-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, an 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 planned reboot film starring Jamie Foxx and Jeremy Renner. The character also appears in annual compilations, mini-series specials written by guest authors and artists, and numerous crossover storylines in other comic books.