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Spawnometer 0:0:0:8: The Savage Dragon’s Baptism of Fire

Spawn #8 &
The Savage Dragon (1992 miniseries) #1-3


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Spawn #8

by Alan Moore & Todd McFarlane

“In Heaven”
Dedicated To: Don & Maggie Thompson

i mean, nobody deserves that! not even, say, somebody who did twenty-seven kids and kept the bodies in his ice cream truck. which i didn’t. and even if i did, isn’t there a constitutional rights issue here? hmmm?

what kind of afterlife is this?

There’s ten dead-lands. Like spheres, one inside another.

Now THIS, this place you’re gonna like! Some people call is the Eighth Sphere, some call it The Malebolge, but ME… I call it HOME!!

The Savage Dragon: Baptism of Fire (1992)

by Erik Larsen

Chicago, Illinois. Now.

I’m Lieutenant Frank Darling from the Chicago Police Department… You were found in a burning vacant lot. Do you have any idea how you got there? Do you remember anything about your life prior to waking up here? How come you have green skin?

Listen, Dragon. I need your help. We’re being slaughtered out there. Super-freaks have stopped us at every turn. Cops are dying, local super-heroes are being put out of commission… You’ve got power, Dragon– we need somebody like you on our side.

Cops sent a damn monster to get me.

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Spawnometer 0-0-0-7: Brigade

Spawn #7 &
Brigade (1992 miniseries) #1-4


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Spawn #7 by Todd McFarlane

“Payback” Part 2
Dedicated To: Rob Liefeld

Three weeks ago, Al Simmons returned from the grave.

Got enough firepower to level a small building… or a big cyborg.

I’LL SEE YA IN HELL, BRO’.

HA-HAheeHAR! You look like CRAP! Y’know, the oozy, smelly kind. Now I’m gonna stomp you– so I can scrape you off my boot– you piece of TURD!

Brigade #1-4 (1992)

by Rob Liefeld, Marat Mychaels & Extreme Studios

Battlestone… Seahawk… Coldsnap… Atlas… Thermal… Kayo… Stasis…

This new team is much more to my liking. With the proper guidance, this team could be everything Youngblood wasn’t… and never will be!

I am Genocide! The mere utterance of my name causes entire civilizations to quake with fear!

Hear me, Taraban dogs! You have dared challenge a member of the Imperial High Council— an act as foolhardy as it is unforgivable! As council magistrate, I find it impossible to let your blatant disrespect go unpunished. Know now that you have been found guilty of crimes against the crown prince J’nissyde and as a consequence– –You MUST DIE!

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Spawnometer 0-0-0-6: WildC.A.T.s Covert-Action-Teams

Spawn #6 &
WildCATs: Covert Action Teams #1-4


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Spawn #6 by Todd McFarlane

“Payback” Part 1
Dedicated To: Stan Lee

OVERT-KILL! In whispered voices, some call him “Overkill.” It has to do with his tendency to go beyond the necessary means.

Gino told me that Overt-Kill thinks it’s a Youngblood he’s after. He had a run-in with them a few years back, and hasn’t forgotten how they embarrassed him.

I’m not some drunk hobo that you can steamroll! Or are you afraid of someone who can fight back?!

A CYBORG! I fought them years ago, before I was killed. But they weren’t nearly as advanced. Nor as deadly.

WildCATs: Covert Action Teams #1-4 (1992)

by Jim Lee with Brandon Choi & Co.

I… witnessed my own death. The death of Major Adrianna Tereshkova.

Heavy collateral damage… Best guess? Two rogue C.A.T.s duked it out in the middle of D.C.

You were once Lord Emp– one of the four Lords of Power– the champion of mankind.

…We may begin the reunification. Soon our Daemonite brothers shall join us in conquering this misbegotten planet.

You’re all under arrest! Release the Vice-President! Now!

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Spawnometer 0-0-0-5: Youngblood

Spawn #5 & Youngblood (1992)


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Spawn #5 by Todd McFarlane

“Justice”
Dedicated To: Will Eisner

You are cured, Billy Kinkaid.

Multiple bodies. All kids. All so mutilated we never did get a final body count.

No more.

Youngblood #1-5 (1992) & Hardcover (2008)

by Rob Liefeld with Joe Casey & Co.

Dedicated To: Jack “The King” Kirby & Joe Shuster

Kussein’s Terror Ends in Suicide

Let’s go, Berzerkers! Turn it up! We’ve got to reach Kirby in time!

His name is Prophet.

Damn, stupid ninjas!

This is the planet D’khay. I am Darkthornn, it’s ruler. Your trespass here is not welcome!

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Spawn #4 & Shadowhawk


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Spawn #4 by Todd McFarlane

“Questions,” Part 4
Dedicated To: Joe Shuster

Who gave you such powers?! Since when do humans begin to rate? They’ve always been too fragile for this!

Spawn continues his silence, for what does a man say to an offspring of the pits of Hell?

You have failed miserably! It is incompetents like you that make my battle against GOD so laborious!

Shadowhawk #1-4 (1992) by Jim Valentino

Out of the Shadows

His spinal column snaps like a twig. You are SHADOWHAWK… and you’re taking back the night!

God, I love my job! The sweet fragrance of flickering flame! The bloom of the billowing smoke! The screams of the recently domestically displaced! All are like music to the ears of– ARSON!

I still hunger. I must eat. Please forgive me.

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Spawn #3 & The Dragon Archives

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Spawn #3 by Todd McFarlane

“Questions,” Part 3
Dedicated To: Jerry “The Joker” Robinson

Finally, I remember her name. Wanda Blake. I remember how her grandma had a fit at the wedding, when she found out Wanda wasn’t going to take my last name.

Oh, my. Simmons, you poor pathetic fool! Threaten away, you little maggot. It’ll do you no good, ’cause you’ve been locked into a deal I can’t lose.

We always wanted children, but something wasn’t right. Doctors said it was no use. But it was me!

The Dragon Archives (1982-1992) by Erik Larsen

Graphic Fantasy (1982) #1-2, Megaton (1983) #1-4

I’m The Dragon. The name may sound familiar… I’ve been playing the part of a super-guy for the last eight years.

…He called himself The Bronze Man. He killed my wife… With Sue gone… I’ve had to raise our daughter by myself.

Paul? Paul… what is it honey? What’s wrong?

…Thinking about how much things have changed since the days when I was head of the S.O.S.

DAMN! Man, I’m going to be glad when Reagan’s term is over with! I can’t take too much more of this!

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Spawn #2 & Spawning Ground

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Spawn #2 by Todd McFarlane

“Questions,” Part 2
Dedicated To: Steve Ditko

…I’M THE VIOLATOR!

My wife. I’ve got to find her… Let her know I’m back, I’m alive.

It breaks my heart to report another couple of mafia killings. It looks like our boy the “heart surgeon” is at it again.

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