Spawn's Universe #1 is Already Image Comics' Best Selling First Issue of the 21st Century

Scheduled to be published later this month, Image Comics has announced that Spawn's Universe #1 [...]

Scheduled to be published later this month, Image Comics has announced that Spawn's Universe #1 has already broken a publishing record for the company. According to a press release from Image, the super sized one shot (which will set up several new Spawn comics) has already sold over 200k unites, making it "Image Comics' top selling, first issue comic book of the 21st century." The publisher also says that King Spawn #1, the first new ongoing Spawn comic since the original series debuted back in 1992 which will be published in August, is already projected to have higher sales than Spawn's Universe #1.

That's not all though, as McFarlane's publishing company claims both Gunslinger Spawn and The Scorched, the other all-new ongoing comics that will be part of Spawn's Universe, are also "on track to sell more than 200K units each." Should these numbers hold for all four #1 issues that would mean the multi-hyphenate comic talent will have sold over 200K units on four different titles in less than six months. McFarlane's historic Spawn #300 sold over 275k units back in 2019 with the record setting Spawn #301 selling over 190k copies afterward.

"I should have done something like this years ago," McFarlane said in an interview that appears in the back pages of last month's Spawn #318. "Once I was nearing issue #300 of the SPAWN comic, I thought it might make a perfect catalyst to actually put something together. So, this is what I am calling the Spawn Universe (which will get a name change down the line so it will be a more encompassing of a brand not centered exclusively around Spawn-type characters)."

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Spawn's Universe #1 launches on June 23rd. The official solicitation information follow:

  • Spawn's Universe #1
  • APR210108
  • (W) Todd McFarlane (A) Jim Cheung, Todd McFarlane, Stephen Segovia, Marcio Takara (CA) J. Scott Campbell
    • IT'S HERE: THE OFFICIAL INTRODUCTION TO THE LONG-AWAITED SPAWN'S UNIVERSE!A double-sized issue that begins a storyline so huge that three NEW SPAWN-related monthly titles will spill out from it, including...
    • A new SPAWN title.
    • GUNSLINGER SPAWN monthly.
    • And a new TEAM book bringing a handful of these characters together in their own book.
    • With this one-shot...the world of SPAWN changes forever! New heroes. New villains, and more importantly, new titles coming to a comic shop near you. Join this list of artists as we unveil a historic moment in the mythology of SPAWN'S UNIVERSE:
      • JIM CHEUNG
  • In Shops: Jun 23 2021
  • SRP: $5.99