Todd McFarlane Spider-Man #1 Cover
Original Art (Marvel, 1990).
This issue was nothing less
than the single biggest-selling comic book of all time to that
point in terms of dollars generated. The initial press run was 2.35
million copies, a number not seen in comics since the 1950s, and
Marvel had to print hundreds of thousands more to meet demand. Five
different editions were produced, all featuring the cover art shown
In 1990, there was no bigger star in comic art than Todd McFarlane,
who was coming off a run on Amazing Spider-Man
that gave the
character an exciting new look. For this first issue, he took over
as the writer as well, and fans couldn't wait to see what he would
come up with next. One of his trademarks was Spider-Man's intricate
webbing, painstakingly drawn, and as impressive as that was on the
printed page it's even more so with the art in your hands.
Long held in a private collection, and fresh to the market, this is
without a doubt, one of the most famous covers we've had the
privilege to offer.
Bob Overstreet's commented that the excitement caused by this issue
"spilled over to the entire Marvel line and to DC and other
publishers as well." Very few comics in the history of the medium
have had that sort of impact.
This timeless Marvel masterwork has an image area of 9.75" x 15",
and is in Excellent condition. Boldly signed by Todd McFarlane in
its lower border.
From the Shamus Modern Masterworks Collection.
McFarlane, Todd:Todd McFarlane (Canadian, b. 1961): is a multi-talented cartoonist, writer, toy designer and entrepreneur, most celebrated for his work on Marvel’s Incredible Hulk, and Spider-Man, as well as on his own character, Spawn. In the early nineties, McFarlane became the first of a new breed of independent comic book superstars, thanks to the p[opularity of his work on Marvel’s titles. In 1992, he and several of the new wave of comics creators formed Image Comics. McFarlane based his hugely successful, occult, anti-hero Spawn on a character from his high school portfolio and updated the concept for the nineties. In recent years, McFarlane has focused most of his time on his entrepreneurial efforts, McFarlane Toys and Todd McFarlane Entertainment, a film and animation studio.
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