Opeña pencilled the cover with Mr. Spawn himself, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, inking it. The final piece was colored by FCO Plascencia. For those keeping score, this is the second of these cover announcements for the forthcoming landmark comic this week. Earlier, we also got our first glimpse at covers from McFarlane and Greg Capullo, who did some fantastic work with the character in the late ’90s and early ’00s. You can see those covers here.
Opeña’s artwork, as you can see above, features a bevy of Spawns soaring into battle.
The book is slated to hit stores on September 4, ending what I’m surely not the only one referring to as the Summer of Spawn. I mean, after all, Image did plaster its booth with Spawn this year at San Diego, standing out more than usual with DC Comics having vacated the space in front of it.
Anyway, the official PR from Image Comics for this cover announcement follows:
Image Comics is pleased to reveal the breathtaking Jerome Opeña cover—with pencils by Jerome Opeña, inks by Todd McFarlane, colors by Fco Plascencia—for the upcoming milestone issue by Todd McFarlane, President at Image Comics and creator of SPAWN. This is just one of many exciting cover reveals to come on the #Roadto300!
The record-setting SPAWN comic hits stores on Wednesday, September 4. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, August 12.
SPAWN #300 CVR A MCFARLANE – Diamond Code JUN190014
SPAWN #300 CVR B B&W MCFARLANE – Diamond Code JUN190015
SPAWN #300 CVR C CAPULLO – Diamond Code JUN190016
SPAWN #300 CVR D CAPULLO VIRGIN – Diamond Code JUN190017
SPAWN #300 CVR E CAPULLO & MCFARLANE – Diamond Code JUN190018
SPAWN #300 CVR F B&W CAPULLO & MCFARLANE – Diamond Code JUN190019
SPAWN #300 CVR G CAMPBELL – Diamond Code JUN190020
SPAWN #300 CVR H OPEÑA – Diamond Code JUN190021
SPAWN #300 CVR I ALEXANDER – Diamond Code JUN190022
Momentum and frenzied buzz surrounding the classic antihero series continues to build leading into record-breaking SPAWN #301 when SPAWN becomes the longest running creator-owned comic in the world.
The celebration of SPAWN’s 300th and 301st issues is just beginning. More art and cover reveals will be shared over the coming weeks as the road to comic book history nears its destination.
SPAWN is currently being adapted for film—a gritty, R-rated reimagining—which will mark Image President, co-founder and SPAWN creator, Todd McFarlane’s film directorial debut. McFarlane, an Emmy/Grammy-winning producer/director is also on board as screenwriter and producer.
SPAWN sold an unprecedented 1.7 million copies at the time it was released and is one of the world’s best-selling and longest-running monthly comic books, with hundreds of millions sold worldwide in more than 120 countries, and 15 different languages.
The comic became an Emmy Award-winning animated series on HBO and a New Line Cinema feature film that grossed more than $100 million. McFarlane went on to direct and produce award-winning and critically acclaimed projects for top movie studios and record labels.