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Professional History

McFarlane's first published work was a 1984 backup story in Epic Comics' Coyote. He soon began working for both DC and Marvel. He illustrated several issues of Marvel's Incredible Hulk.

In 1987, McFarlane joined writer David Michelinie on Marvel's The Amazing Spider-Man. McFarlane changed the character's appearance, making him more spider-like with wiry limbs and large eyes. His interpretation would influence those of many subsequent Spider-Man artists. McFarlane also helped to create Venom, a wildly popular villain.

McFarlane's work on The Amazing Spider-Man turned him into an industry superstar. In 1990, Marvel launched a new monthly Spider-Man series, simply called Spider-Man, which McFarlane both wrote and illustrated. Spider-Man #1 sold 2.5 million copies, partially thanks to the variant covers that were used to encourage collectors into buying more than one edition. Spider-Man #1 is seen by many as the beginning of the comic speculation boom that lasted through the first years of the 1990s.

After a 29-issue run of Amazing Spider-Man, McFarlane told editor Jim Salicrup he would be leaving the book with issue 328 to write his own work. He'd grown tired of drawing other peoples stories. Jim offered Todd a new Spider-Man book to both write and draw. It was a massive success in sales until Jim was replaced by editor Danny Fingeroth with issue 16.Danny_Fingeroth McFarlane quit over a creative dispute with that very issue.[1] McFarlane did issues 1-14, and 16. Most issues were crossovers with characters such as Wolverine, Ghost Rider, and X-Force.

Work History



  • Todd McFarlane's work has won him numerous awards over the years, including a 1992 National Cartoonists Society Award for Best Comic Book.

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