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This page deals with Spawn, the comic book title and character. For other uses of the word "spawn," see spawning. Spawn is the main character of a comic book of the same title from Todd McFarlane Productions.
After being murdered in a foreign country, the US government agent Al Simmons makes a deal with the devil. After being sent to hell because of his life as an assassin, Simmons becomes a Hellspawn. He agrees to serve Malebolgia, if the devil will allow him to see his wife one last time. Malebolgia returns Al to the living realm, but with only the barest of memory, unaware that five years have passed, and that his wife, Wanda, has married his best friend, Terry Fitzgerald, and now they have a daughter, Cyan.
His life over (in more ways than one), Al has two choices before him: follow Malebolgia, or renounce the demon. The two choices come in the form of Clown, a diminutive, portly, disgusting minor demon (who can transform into the huge, fanged, clawed Violator ), and Cogliostro (Cog), an apparently homeless old man who knows more about Al (whom both call Spawn) and his situation than even he knows.
Spawn Eventually kills Malebogia but refuses the throne of Hell. Upon returning to Earth Spawn discovers he has new powers but soon must put them to use, engaging in battles against Clown, a dark God named Urizen and himself. In more recent issues a new charicter named Mammon has surfaced, and although he was previously thought to be a backround charicter it has become evident that Mammon will probably start to play a large role in the current plotline. 1
The series has spun off at least two other comic series (Angela and Sam & Twitch ), a feature film, an HBO animated series, several video games for various platforms, and hundreds of exquisitely-detailed action figures from McFarlane Toys. Spawn also appeared in the Xbox version of Soul Calibur II as a secret character. In 2003, Namco released an 3D action adventure game entitled Spawn Armageddon for the Xbox and Playstation 2 which has been poorly received.
Spawn is technically dead, and effects that normally work on living creatures have little or no effect on him. His necroplasmic armour grants him great resistance to injury and access to a reservoir of power that he can use to heal damage to his body, fly, teleport across distances, and project bolts of glowing green hellfire. This reservoir is limited, and if he drains it, he will be pulled back into Hell permanently.
As a former government-sponsored assassin, Spawn is a master of many forms of armed and unarmed combat and is well-versed in conventional and unconventional warfare. In his hands, any object can become a weapon, although the chains around his waist and his gigantic red cloak are his primary weapons.
- Spawn.com - Official source of info on everything related to Spawn and other characters and products from Image
- Image Comics official website
- Namco - Spawn® Armageddon
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