Spawn #301 will hit shops on Oct. 9, with McFarlane receiving his award a few days before that on Saturday, Oct. 5, at New York Comic Con. According to a press release from Image Comics, McFarlane will get his award at his own spotlight panel, The Road to Historic Spawn 300 and 301, which is slated to take place at 5:45 p.m. in Room 1A10.
“Any record that is based on longevity, is made on the backs of dozens of people,” McFarlane in the press release. “As much as I am proud to be receiving this award, I gratefully accept it on behalf of all those who helped me the past 27 years on this journey.”
The lofty award will be presented to McFarlane by Guinness World Records adjudicator, Claire Elise Stephens.
Spawn was first published in 1992 as part of the launch of Image Comics, selling a whopping 1.7 million copies (as was the fashion at the time). A feature film hit theaters in 1997, and there has been talk of a revival, though nothing official on the horizon as of yet (McFarlane had some ideas about ways to fund a new Spawn movie at San Diego Comic Con).
The creator has assured fans that there will be many more post-Spawn #301 adventures for the character.