Todd McFarlane Finally Returns Joyce Chin's Angela Original Artwork

Joyce Chin has set up shop at the Lake Como Comic Art Festival with all of the great and good in comic book artists from the USA, the UK and mainland Europe. In spitting distance of her husband Arthur Adams' booth, she has been grabbing all sorts of attention this morning for a very special piece of artwork – and an accompanying letter.

Joyce Chin at Lake Comic Comic Art Festival
Joyce Chin at Lake Comic Comic Art Festival (Arthur Adams in the back) , photo by Rich Johnston

Used as a pin-up for Spawn #48, but also as a cover for Spawn Classics issues, this Angela cover was drawn by Joyce Chin when she was working for Malibu and Malibu were still publishing Image Comics titles. And for reasons unknown, the original artwork was not returned. Joyce Chin told me, between Vampirella commissions (she is a busy woman at the show) that she didn't know it hadn't been returned, she just didn't know where it was. And Spawn publisher Todd McFarlane didn't know he hadn't returned it and only came across it last year, in a box in his garage. As he explains, tongue in cheek, in his letter.

Angela by Joyce Chin
Angela by Joyce Chin, photo by Rich Johnston

"Dear Joyce – I'm so sorry for the delay in getting this artwork back to you. I had originally intended to return it after 10 years… not 25 years! Though you drew this during the Reagan administration, I hope this will not happen again if you decide to do more pages for me. T. McFarlane."

Todd McFarlane Finally Returns Joyce Chin's Angela Original Artwork
Angela by Joyce Chin

She did point out though, if she had sold it back then, it would have been for a couple of hundred dollars max. Now, it might go for significantly more. So she's rather grateful for Todd for keeping it safe and secure and unsold for so long.

Todd McFarlane Finally Returns Joyce Chin's Angela Original Artwork
Spawn Classics #2

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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