744a72b3-e7ad-479a-9ead-96d7c29e4835Fans of digital comics and Image co-founder Todd McFarlane’s Spawn series have a new reason to be happy today, with the debut of all 250 issues of this long-running series now available. Released to coincide with Spawn’s 250th issue you can now get the adventures of Al Simmons and co, on ComiXology, iBooks, Google Play and the Image Comics Digital Store.

While everyone loves to see their favorite comic book characters up on the silver screen, some of these movies either didn’t do our heroes the justice they deserved the last time around, or the aging technology used to make them leaves us with something more to be desired today. Lucky for us, there’s always a new company looking to make some money off the reboots of our beloved stories. Even if they didn’t start out as comic characters, their adventures in graphic novels over the years have us excited to check out their remakes expected to hit theatres soon.

It’s been a milestone week this week as Image Comics celebrated their 20th anniversary. As a comics fan growing up in the early 1990s, I was a massive fan of all things Image and so it fills me with a great sense of pride and nostalgia to look back on what they meant to the comics industry and to me personally. As a kid my heroes weren’t sportsmen or movie stars, they were comic artists. I worshipped every pen and ink stroke of Todd McFarlane, Erik Larsen and Rob Liefeld. I knew every panel of early issues of Spawn, Savage Dragon and Youngblood and still do to this day.

So when these three super-artists left Marvel in 1992 to form a new company alongside Jim Lee, Jim Valentino and While Portacio I had no idea what the significance was, or why there were doing it, just so long as I could get new and exciting books from my heroes – and what could better than them writing and drawing their own titles? I didn’t understand that they had left Marvel to pursue creative autonomy and would shape the future of modern comics by putting the emphasis on the creator rather than the corporation, I was more interested in searching high and low for every new Image release I could get my hands on.