Sketch covers -- comic books sold with blank covers or at least big, blank spaces on the covers where fans can get original art drawn on them -- are some of the most popular variant covers in the comics market, but one of the longest-running comics of the modern era has never had one -- until now.
The series, launched in 1992 by Image co-founder and superstar artist Todd McFarlane, has been running continuously ever since, one of only two Image Comics titles to have run consecutively for more than 20 years.
That the other is Savage Dragon is particularly interesting in the case of these sketch covers, becuase Spawn #265 is the second-to-last issue of the series to be written by McFarlane and drawn by Larsen, who is also still working on Savage Dragon.
In October, Larsen is confirmed to attend New York Comic Con. While McFarlane isn't listed as a guest at that show, he has a history of showing up for impromptu signings at the Image Comics booth, so a lack of confirmed attendance isn't a guarantee of non-attendance.
Spawn #265 Gold Blank Variant Cover - This unique covers feature a gold Spawn logo, the traditional markings, borders and bleed lines of the Image Comics art board used by the artist and an extremely rare printing of only 666.
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Spawn #265 Red Blank Variant Cover - A classic sketch cover, perfect for your favorite's artist sketches or signatures. Features a red Spawn logo and a limited print run of only 1,500.