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The Amazing Spider-Man #301

The Amazing Spider-Man #301, Todd McFarlane
The Amazing Spider-Man #301
Todd McFarlane

The first in our series of MARVEL CLASSIC COVERS -- TODD MCFARLANE'S cover of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 301 from 1988 -- reproduced in an edition of 500 on mylar -- with special, numbered plaque. Born in Canada in 1961, Todd McFarlane's road trip to creative autonomy began when he accepted an assignment pencilling for Marvel/Epic Comics in March 1984. From there, he worked his way to the top of the talent roster before leaving Marvel to help found Image Comics with six other artists. It was then that Todd introduced his own character, Spawn. The book's debut in 1992 sold an amazing 1.7 million copies, an unprecedented feat in independent comics. From there came a whirlwind of growth and expansion: more comics, action figures, film, animation and the Web. In 1994, Todd founded McFarlane Toys, because he wanted to maintain maximum creative control over his Spawn character. Over the years, the company has become one of the largest, most renowned toy manufacturers in the world. In addition to Spawn, McFarlane Toys has produced figures from such properties as KISS, Shrek, X-Files, Austin Powers, Metal Gear Solid, Clive Barker, Akira, the Beatles, Army of Darkness, Jaws, Rob Zombie, Alien, Predator, AC/DC and dozens of others. The Todd McFarlane iconic visualizations of Spider-Man are still among the most revered in comics today.