Todd McFarlane is an acclaimed artist whose work has stimulated the imaginations of comic readers for decades. Soon, he will be earning a Guinness World Record for his work with on his comic ‘Spawn.’ The series will soon publish its 301st issue, making it the “longest-running creator-owned superhero comic book series.” Spawn is an antihero who is killed and sent to hell for his life as an assassin. After cutting a deal with the Devil, he agrees to return to work as a hellspawn (hence the name). However, instead of doing the Devil’s work, he tends to fight crime with a great deal of violence.
In response to learning of the award, McFarlane commented:
“Any record that is based on longevity, is made on the backs of dozens of people. 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.”
McFarlane has opted to hold off on receiving the official certificate until October 5th, where it will be awarded to him during New York Comic Con. The ceremony will take place just before McFarlane’s “The Road to Historic Spawn #300 and #301″ panel, which is scheduled to start at 5:45 p.m. in Room #1A10 (in case any of you are lucky enough to be there).
Guinness adjudicator Claire Elise Stephens noted:
“I’m incredibly honored to be presenting this Guinness World Records title to Todd McFarlane in honor of Spawn 301 at an event that celebrates creators with such enthusiasm. Todd McFarlane displays immense passion, a key value of our mission and this achievement is a recognition of Todd’s nearly three-decade career.”
Source: SYFY Wire