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Conversations with Todd McFarlane

Conversations with Todd McFarlane

Edited by Jake Zawlacki
Series: Conversations with Comic Artists Series

Hardcover : 9781496853509, 256 pages, 18 b&w illustrations, October 2024
Paperback : 9781496853516, 256 pages, 18 b&w illustrations, October 2024
Expected to ship: 2024-10-15
Expected to ship: 2024-10-15

Table of contents

Todd McFarlane
Jim Salicrup and Dwight Jon Zimmerman / 1990
Spider-Man Artist: Todd McFarlane
Len Wong / 1990
Comic Shop News Spotlight: Todd McFarlane
Cliff Biggers / 1992
One Hell of a Ride: Part One
John Riley / 1993
One Hell of a Ride: Part Two
John Riley / 1993
Todd McFarlane
Jim Salicrup / 1993
The Peter David-Todd McFarlane Debate
Gary St. Lawrence / 1993
McFarlane Speaks Out
Robert J. Sodaro / 1993
Todd McFarlane
Mark Lucas / 1994
The Last Todd McFarlane Interview . . .
Greg Hyland / 1995
The Man Who Would Kill Image: Todd McFarlane Meets Hart Fisher
Hart D. Fisher / 1995
The Man Who Wouldn’t Give In . . . : A Combo Interview with Todd McFarlane
Buddy Scalera / 1995
Dossier: Jeffrey Goldsmith Interviews Todd McFarlane
Jeffrey Goldsmith / 1997
Hellbent for Action
Jim Riccioli / 1997
Virtuoso: Todd McFarlane
Jason Santa Maria / 1999
The Writin’ Side of Me: The Todd McFarlane Interview
Danny Fingeroth / 2007

A nuanced portrait of McFarlane’s polarizing character shown through collected interviews with the renowned comics creator


Over thirty years after his initial ascent to super stardom, Todd McFarlane (b. 1961) remains one of the most popular and contentious comic artists ever. The interviews compiled in this volume offer a nuanced portrait of McFarlane’s polarizing character. Beginning with his earliest days on Spider-Man to the months before the hotly anticipated release of Spawn and ending with his writing ventures decades later, the interviews offer compelling perspectives from the renowned creator.

As the most vocal representative of Image Comics, McFarlane, alongside Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Erik Larsen, Jim Valentino, Marc Silvestri, and Whilce Portacio, was a veritable rock star. Eager fans swarmed into lengthy lines around comic book stores and conventions, waiting for their chance at a thirty-second autograph. The book offers a glimpse into the comic book world of the early 1990s, a world rampant with variant covers, impossibly exaggerated bodies, and wild speculation about what would be the next comic to explode in value. The volume also includes the momentous public debate between McFarlane and Peter David, former collaborator on The Incredible Hulk, moderated by the late George Pérez at a standing-room-only event at ComicsFest in 1993. While this world sounds almost inconceivable to the comic book fan of today, it was the milieu in which McFarlane rose to stardom and excelled like no other, leaving his mark on the medium forever.