Todd McFarlane began drawing comic book heroes in high school. His big break came just a few weeks before he graduated from college in March 1984, with a B.A. in General Studies. Todd accepted a job offer from Marvel/Epic Comics penciling 'Scorpio Rose', an eleven-page back-up story in the comic book 'Coyote'. He then worked for DC for a while, pencilling titles like 'All-Star Squadron' and 'Infinity Inc' until 1987.
He eventually worked his way to the top of Marvel's artist roster with successful runs on 'The Incredible Hulk' and 'Amazing Spider-Man'. Marvel gave McFarlane a new title that he solely could write, pencil, and ink: 'Spider-Man'. The first issue appeared in September 1990, and became the best-selling comic book of all time, selling more than 2.5 million copies. Following this incredible success, McFarlane decided to leave both Spider-Man and Marvel in August, 1991 to form his own publishing company: Image Comics, together with his colleagues Erik Larsen, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valantino.
Here, he published the comic he had created nearly ten years before, 'Spawn'. Since its debut in May 1992, 'Spawn' has continued to be the #1 selling comic title in the U.S., as well as in several European and Latin American countries. Todd's unique art style and controversial storytelling contributed to Spawn's continued popularity. Soon after, Todd created several spin-off mini-series from Spawn, such as 'Violator', 'Sam and Twitch' and 'Hellspawn'.
'Spawn, the movie', opened August 1, 1997, at theaters nationwide. Released on video in August 1997, Todd McFarlane's animated 'Spawn, Season 1', became HBO Home Video's top-selling original programming video of all time. Todd McFarlane Productions Inc., was the proud recipient of two major awards: an Emmy and a Gold DiVi award for the HBO series and the 'Spawn' motion picture DVD.