8 Facts About Todd McFarlane

1. In December 2002, Todd McFarlane directed the music video "Breathe" for Canadian hip-hop group Swollen Members that featured Nelly Furtado.

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2. In June 2003 Todd McFarlane paid about $517,500 at auction for San Francisco Giants left fielder Barry Bonds' October 2001, record-breaking 73rd home run ball.

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3. That year marked the point when Todd McFarlane ceased to be the regular writer and artist of Spawn.

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4. In 1988, Todd McFarlane joined writer David Michelinie on Marvel's The Amazing Spider-Man, beginning with issue 298, drawing the preliminary sketch for that cover's image on the back of one of his Incredible Hulk pages.

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5. In 1981 Todd McFarlane began attending Eastern Washington University on a baseball scholarship, studying as part of a self-designed program for graphics and art.

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6. In September 2006, it was announced that Todd McFarlane would be the Art Director of the newly formed 38 Studios, formerly Green Monster Games, founded by major league baseball pitcher Curt Schilling.

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7. With the comic book series' creator Todd McFarlane writing and directing, fans are hoping for a Spawn movie worthy of the source material.

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8. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Todd McFarlane became a comic book superstar due to his work on Marvel Comics' Spider-Man franchise, on which he was the artist to draw the first full appearances of the supervillain Venom.

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