TEMPE, Ariz. 09/30/2019 — A few weeks ago with the publishing of SPAWN 301, Todd McFarlane stepped into uncharted territory in the comic world! McFarlane has officially earned the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the longest-running creator-owned superhero comic book series for his creation of SPAWN. 

"Any record that is based on longevity, is made on the backs of dozens of people," said McFarlane. "As much as I am proud to be receiving this award, I gratefully accept it on behalf of all those who helped me the past 27 years on this journey." Fans are invited to witness McFarlane receive his official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS certificate next week at New York Comic Con! The ceremony will be taking place on Saturday, October 5th prior to McFarlane's very own panel, "The Road to Historic SPAWN 300 and 301."  The panel will be taking place in Room #1A10 from 5:45- 6:45 P.M.  GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator, Claire Elise Stephens, will be presenting McFarlane with his award, and added: "I'm incredibly honored to be presenting this GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title to Todd McFarlane in honor of SPAWN 301 at an event that celebrates creators with such enthusiasm. Todd McFarlane displays immense passion, a key value of our mission and this achievement is a recognition of Todd's nearly three-decade career." 

Fans who have been following the series understand that this was no easy feat. The SPAWN comic book series was first published in 1992 by Image Comics and sold over 1.7 million copies. Following SPAWN'S initial success, the series was curated into a feature film in 1997. This means the story of SPAWN has been evolving for almost three-decades in order to achieve this goal. The fictional character SPAWN has been imbedded into the lives of many fans due to his natural timelessness. Fans need not worry, this is not the end of the road for SPAWN, there is more to come! For now, fans let us celebrate the success SPAWN has seen in becoming the longest-running creator-owned superhero comic book series! Media contact: To schedule an interview with Todd McFarlane at NYCC please contact: Carmen Bryant, 602.448.8667,

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit

ABOUT SPAWN Todd McFarlane’s Spawn is one of the world’s best-selling and longest-running monthly comic books, with hundreds of millions sold worldwide in more than 120 countries, and 15 different languages. That title’s hugely successful 1992 debut sold an amazing 1.7 million copies – an unprecedented feat in independent comics. A whirlwind of growth and expansion followed: more comics, action figures, film, and award-winning animation.

ABOUT GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS  What's the fastest game bird in Europe? This was the question that inspired the founding of Guinness World Records back in 1955. Starting with a single book published from a room above a gym, GWR has grown to become a global multi-media brand, with offices in London, New York, Miami, Beijing, Tokyo and Dubai. Today, we deliver world-class content, not just through Books, but via TV shows, Social Media, and Live Events. Our in-house consultancy works closely with brands and businesses around the world to harness the power of record-breaking and deliver award-winning campaigns and business solutions. Our ultimate purpose is to inspire people -individuals, families, schools, groups, companies, communities and even entire countries - to read about, watch, listen to and participate in record-breaking. To join this record-breaking community - and find out the answer to that original question  - visit

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