It was 1997, Todd McFarlane was one of ( if not the) top creator going in comic books. Having previously rose to acclaim working on Amazing Spider-Man, and being considered the co-creator of Venom. One of 5 originators of Image Comics a brand that gave the creators ownership of the characters they made. The main character he created for the Image brand was Spawn. A story of a man that was not the greatest of people prior to his death. Coming back and wreaking vengeance as a hell spawn. While fighting the inner turmoil of correcting who he was prior. The comic was extremely popular, and so was everything Todd got involved with. A toy line, and HBO cartoon about the character where well received.