Is a Canadian artist, writer,cartoonist and toy designer and entrepreneur, best known for his work in comic books, such as the fantasy series Spawn.In the late 1980s and early 1990s, McFarlane became a comic book superstar due to his work on Marvel Comic's Spiderman Marv franchise, on which he was the artist to draw the first full appearances of the supervillain Venom In 1992, he helped form Image Comics, pulling the character Spawn from his high school portfolio and updating him for the 1990s. Spawn was a popular hero in the 1990s and encouraged a trend in creator owned comic book properties.
Since leaving inking duties on Spawn with issue No. 70 (February 1998), McFarlane has illustrated comic books less often, focusing on entrepreneurial efforts, such as McFarlane Toys and Todd McFarlane Entertainment, a film and animation studio. In September 2006, it was announced that McFarlane would be the Art Director of the newly created 38 Studios, formerly Green Monster Games.
In the early 1980s, McFarlane went to college on a baseball scholarship, and studied graphic art.
Seeking to find work drawing comics, McFarlane sent out dozens of submissions each month to editors, totaling over 700 submissions in total, most of which were in the form of pinups. Half resulted in no response, while the other half resulted in rejection letters, though he received some constructive criticism from a few editors. One of them,DC, gave McFarlane a dummy script in order to gauge McFarlane's page-to-page storytelling ability. Amendola's advice that McFarlane's submissions needed to focus page-to-page stories rather than pinups led McFarlane to create a five-page sample that he initially sent to Marvel Comics.They passed it along to the editors of the Marvel imprint Epic Comics, which published it. He soon began drawing for both DC and Marvel. McFarlane illustrated the latter three issues for Detective Comics, Batman: Year Two storyline. He moved to Marvel's The Incredible Hulk, which he drew from 1987 to 1988.