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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Spawn Comic Book Key Issues Part 4

Welcome to Part 4, and as promised, we have more Spawn comic book key issues. When it comes to issues past the first 20, keys get harder to uncover and a lot more digging is involved to find them. So that takes a bit of time to do so.

Thanks for your patience. I do know some of the characters, but not all and definitely not every 1st appearance also. Anyways, some pretty good ones here so let's get to them. If you missed Part 3, just click that blue link. Here's more Spawn key issues.

Low distribution

Overstreet has recently noted Spawn #21 as a low distributed comic as well. Not really sure how low of a print number it actually is. This issue does see the brief return of Todd McFarlane taking up the writing, pencils and cover artwork again.

Nothing else really significant about Spawn #21 in terms of key issue status, and it was published May, 1994.

eBay - For a comic with low distribution, there seems to be quite a bit of them on eBay. Four CGC copies and three are 9.8s. Lowest is a 9.0 VF/NM.

mycomicshop - Four raw copies here starting off with a NM and two VFs. The last option is a FN, and all copies are in stock.

NewKadia - Only one NM minus copy here for now.

1st appearance of Vandalizer & Vindicator
1st appearance of Vaporizer and Vacillator
1st appearance of Admonisher

The Violator actually has brothers and he is part of the Phlebiac brothers. Vaporizer is the tallest of the five brothers. Vindicator often tests and guides hellspawns through the bowels of hell.

Vacillator is the smartest of the five but yet is the most indecisive. Vandalizer is the most heavily built of the five brothers and makes a deadly foe of both Spawn and Violator. Vandalizer despises Violator and believes he is the strongest of the five. Vandalizer often fails to prove his superiority over Violator.

All the four brothers are fist introduced in Violator #1. Admonisher's first appearance is also in this spin-off comic written by legendary Alan Moore. Violator #1 was published May, 1994. 

eBay - No problem finding this one on eBay currently. Quite a few in comic lots also. Only one slabbed copy at this time and it's a 9.8 with a Best Offer.

mycomicshop - Only one VF raw copy in stock here for now.

NewKadia - Four high grade copies here so far. Highest is a NM+ followed by a NM and NM minus. Last option is a VF+.

1st appearance of Tremor

The mob taking a cue from Captain America comic books and trying to make mafia Super Soldiers? Only in the world of Spawn, and in the world of Spawn, the first to undergo this experiment was Richard Masullo.

This is what happens when you want out of the mob, and Tony Twist sends Masullo to Germany where the TREMOR project was in full swing. I'm sure you know where the character got the name from.

The TREMOR project was the predecessor of the OvertKill project, and TREMOR was considered a failure as Richard Masullo was in disgust of what he became. This self-hatred overlapped any loyalty to Tony Twist or the mafia, especially when Twist had Masullo's family killed except for his brother David.

Tony Twist also convinced David that it was Tremor who actually killed his family. Some pretty wicked stuff there, and Spawn #25 sees the first appearance of Tremor. This comic was published October, 1994.

eBay - Quite a few copies and did see one newsstand edition with the UPC. No CGC or slabbed copies at the time of this writing.

mycomicshop - One VF and two FN copies in stock for now at mycomicshop. All are direct editions.

NewKadia - Three copies here with the highest being a NM minus. Other two are a VF and VF minus.

First appearance of The Curse

What comic book story basically rooted in religion would be complete without a religious zealot? Not a very good one of course.

Enter billionaire Phillip Krahn, and this dude removed his right arm in order to show his complete devotion and dedication to God. Not surprisingly wanting to seek a place in Heaven, Phillip Krahn tried to steal Spawn's powers so he could be a soldier of Heaven. Of course, Spawn has his way with him.

Spawn #27 sees the first appearance of The Curse and was published January, 1995.

eBay - Quite a few copies of this one on the mighty eBay as well. Located a few newsstand editions in the eBay search results if interested. No CGC for this one currently either.

mycomicshop - Only two copies here, both are raw, and they are a VF and FN.

NewKadia - Only one VF+ copy in stock at the moment.

1st brief appearance of new Redeemer
New costume
The new Redeemer is Phil Timper in Spawn #31, and Overstreet notes this as the 1st brief appearance of the Redeemer. In Spawn mythology, Redeemer is a reincarnation of Anti-Spawn.

Redeemers are Heaven's versions of Hellspawns, and in the world of Spawn, Angels aren't always a force that's on the side of humanity. Redeemer is naturally an enemy of Spawn and a very powerful one at that. Phil Temper is the 2nd character to become the Redeemer in the Spawn comics.

Spawn #31 was published May, 1995.

eBay - Pretty limited amount of copies here, and mostly direct editions. I did spot one newsstand edition but it's ending in like a day or something. No CGC or slabbed copies at the time of this writing.

mycomicshop - VF, FN and VG raw copies for direct editions. Only one FN for newsstand edition. All are in stock currently.

NewKadia - One NM copy here but that's all.

1st full appearance of new Redeemer

Overstreet notes Spawn #32 as the first full appearance of new Redeemer. Not quite sure how much the new Redeemer, Phil Timper, shows up in Spawn #31 or if it's enough to count as a first full appearance.

Then again, when it comes to first appearances and full appearances, who knows by what standards they're going by? Both Spawn #31 and #32 are still pretty cheap anyways. June, 1995 was when this comic was published.

eBay - Plenty of copies and plenty of direct editions in the market. Only one slabbed copy and it's a 9.2 NM minus.

mycomicshop - Two raw copies in stock currently and they are a VF and FN. Both are direct editions and there are no newsstand editions here yet.

NewKadia - NM and a NM minus in stock at the time of this writing.

Some pretty amazing covers in Part 4 to this Spawn key issues list and series. Just the detail of the cape on the cover of issue #32 is amazing and classic McFarlane. He did the same for Batman and the look of the tattered and torn cape always made a lasting impression.

Also some first appearances of characters in the Spawn universe as well. Some minor and some definitely worth mentioning like the Redeemer.

The world that Todd McFarlane created for Spawn is actually really impressive. I didn't realize it was that vast, but then again, I only read issues #1 through #20 religiously. After that, it was an issue here and there until I started thinking, What the hell is this?

Pun fully intended on that one, and I'm still extremely interested in this so called horror version Spawn reboot that McFarlane keeps dropping here and there for the past few years.

Anyways, if you missed Part 3, just click the PREVIOUS link below. If you're ready to go, Part 5 is ready so just click the appropriate link below to continue with more Spawn key issues.


  1. Man, some character names are strange... Tremor, Redeemer, Vindicator, Vaporizer - wanna know my new favourite? "Executrix"! This lady saw the light of day in World' s Finest Comics 314 - never heard of her again ;-)
    Macwood Fleet