The Art Of Todd McFarlane: The Devil’s In The Details Coming Soon From Image Comics

There is a new book from Image Comics on the horizon and it looks to be extremely good. The Art Of Todd McFarlane: The Devil’s In The Details is a visual biography celebrating almost 30 years of artwork from one of the comic industry’s most popular and iconic artist personalities, Todd McFarlane.

Stan Lee and Todd McFarlane

It follows McFarlane’s journey from a young comic book fan mimicking his favorite artists to his subsequent rise to comic book stardom. McFarlane himself provides hundreds of anecdotes throughout the 400-page book, walking the fans through his groundbreaking career.

I broke into this industry when I was 23 years old. The only way to put a book like this together is to have actually spent more than two decades creating the art within it,” said McFarlane. “The passage of time allows you to build up a body of work that, as you step back, has meaning and can be an inspiration for other artists along the way. I’m happy to be able to collect my autobiography in both a written and visual format. I hope the wait has been worth it!

Fans will receive an up-close and personal look at McFarlane’s creative take on beloved characters from both DC and Marvel Comics and learn more about his history-making move in helping to form Image Comics, where he published his brainchild, Spawn.

With copious amounts of rarely seen black and white original pieces of his most famous work and numerous drawings of the comic book industry’s most popular characters, this is a book that can’t be missed. In addition, fans get an exclusive peek at McFarlane’s first forays into various media (toys, film, animation, music videos, video games), where he put his creative stamp on everything through his signature eye-catching imagery.

Available just in time for Black Friday, The Art of Todd McFarlane: The Devil’s in the Details will be released nationwide by Image Comics on Wednesday, November 21st. The over-sized hardcover book (9×12) is limited to 5,000 copies, with 700 signed and numbered editions available. Each book retails at $64.99 and $100, respectively.

Watch below as McFarlane talks about the book’s release and reveals some of the art that can be found within its pages.


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5 Responses to The Art Of Todd McFarlane: The Devil’s In The Details Coming Soon From Image Comics

  1. wwayne says:

    Among the first Image series, Spawn is the only one that really made it. All the others – Youngblood, WildC.A.T.S., Cyberforce and so on – closed or have been published by fits and starts. In fact, WildC.A.T.S. is gone for good, Youngblood counts about 70 issues, Cyberforce has been relaunched innumerous times… and Spawn never ceased to be published, counts more than 200 issues, had his own movie and is one of the most successful comic books ever. A deeply deserved success.
    Also, Todd McFarlane created an economic empire, based not only on Spawn, but also on his incredibly well done action figures. All the other founders made the worst choice of their life leaving major publishers (in fact, some of them retraced their steps); McFarlane, on the contrary, couldn’t have made a better choice.
    McFarlane had more success than the other Image founders not only because he created a better series, but also because he is very much smarter. Spawn wouldn’t have been so successful, if the idea had come to Rob Liefeld, or even to Jim Lee.
    A thing that saddens me about him is the fact that he’s been drawing less frequently, since Capullo started drawing Spawn. A man having all that artistic talent has the moral duty to exploit it as much as he can. But I understand that he doesn’t have the time to draw on a regular basis: as I wrote, he runs an economic empire.
    Another thing that disappoints me about McFarlane is an interview he made years ago. More or less, the cut and thrust was:
    Todd McFarlane: “When I started writing Spawn, I had already in mind every single aspect of his life, from the beginning to the end.”
    Journalist: “So, when will you make it end?”
    Todd McFarlane: “Spawn will live as long as he’s merchandisable.”
    I didn’t like this reply, because essentially he said “I’m making Spawn for the money, not because I love him, or because of my artistic passion.”
    Anyway, I admire him for his artistic talent, for his intelligence and for realizing his dream of making millions of dollars out of his love for comic books.


    • Todd McFarlane says:

      Wayne: I think you may have misread what I was saying in those earlier interviews. What I was saying is that I do have the ending to the SPAWN character, but I am hoping that I don’t ever have to write it. If enough people think the character is worth reading then he will continue to exists, but if in, let’s say, another 23 years no one care anything about the character then I will simply write the end of his story and be done with it (to continue to work on something that no one else but yourself cares is not a great way to feed your children). I won’t ever lose my artistic passion, but the form in which it appears doesn’t have to be based around the same idea all the time. But if you asked me…I hope I never have to write the ending and that my character will live long past my own lifetime.

      Todd McFarlane


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