It would seem as if the life of “THE WALKING DEAD” creator Robert Kirkman couldn’t get much better these days. Not only has the television adaptation of his multiple Eisner Award winning series become the biggest hit of the year, gotten a nod for a Golden Globe, and shattered all expectations from critics everywhere, but now today it has been announced that he will be illustrating a 4 page sequence in the 56 page anniversary issue of “HAUNT” creative partner Todd McFarlane’s “SPAWN”. The writer turned illustrator will be donating a 4 page origin story for Omega Spawn inside the issue that will be available on January 5th from publisher Image Comics. Make the jump for all the details and an excerpt from the interview over at CBR. Read on for the skinny!
“Todd McFarlane realizes fans have been waiting a while for “Spawn” #200, but the creator of the Image Comics hellborn superhero is certain that readers will be happy once the final 56-page anniversary issue is in their hands on January 5 as it comes packed with pages by the likes of Greg Capullo, David Finch, Jim Lee, Marc Silvestri, Rob Liefeld, Ashley Wood…and a young newcomer to the art game named Robert Kirkman.
“He’s now joined the ranks of me and Frank Miller!” McFarlane laughed, referring the Image partner and “Walking Dead” creator’s move to the art boards. “We started as artists going, ‘I need to write my own damn stories’ and I guess he’s gone the other direction.”
Kirkman’s contribution will be a four-page sequence he also wrote that ties into the delayed “Image United” series. “This harkens back to when we were creating ‘Haunt’ and he’d go, ‘No, no, no, Todd. Like this!’” McFarlane said. “And then he’d sometimes just grab the pencil or even show me as I was drawing on the computer by doing these little drawings himself. He’s show me what was in his brain, and some of them I thought were pretty good, especially relative to what I’ve seen other writers draw. So I’ve been bugging him and saying, ‘Robert, you and I should do a couple of “Haunt” covers where if you give me a solid layout, I’ll finish it.’
The Complete interview can be found over at Comic Book Resources.
“SPAWN” Issue #200 Drops On January 5th From Image Comics! (MSRP-$3.99)