Spawn has been in the Top 10 Comics Preorder List since 1992. But in February 2001, it was knocked out from his lofty position and finished the year out of the Top 20. 2002 sadly continued the trend, by end of the year, it was out of the Top 30. For future research on Spawn figures however, this is a very good year indeed.

Spawn 114
January 2002

Ben Nakadai learned that his samurai ancestor is Isanagi Nakadai the Hellspawn.

Isanagi on his steed.

Spawn #115
February 2002

The future 2-Pack of "Simmons the Spawn vs Nakadai the Spawn".

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Cerebus #276
March 2002

A parody of Spawn by Dave Sim. Cerebus is dressed up as Spore, King of all demons and there is a mention of a Todd McSpawn. In writing this issue, Dave Sims was supposedly hoping for a response from Todd McFarlane. The reviewer in theaxis.com thought that the joke is pointless and that if any joke is to be made about Spawn, it should be made before 1996.

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Spawn: Book of the Dead
Originally scheduled for May 2002 along with a pewter edition of the Series 21 Raven Spawn. It was eventually released in December 2008.

Spawn #118
June 2002

In this issue, Simmons envision the lives of his predecessors, including two completely new characters. The one above is however not new, he is Lord Covenant from Spawn the Dark Ages and he kindly agree to a guest appearance in the main spawn series after his own ended in 2001.

The new characters are Ulrich Ulfson, a Viking Spawn.

and the first Arab Spawn, Harun al Majnun the Spawn.

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Spawn #119
August 2002

The 'Spawn Convention' featuring the Legion of the Most Damned. There are many interesting varieties of Spawns and the one that gets promoted to the world of collectible figures is the Gunslinger Spawn. See Series 27 of March 2005. He would also starred in his own two-issue storyarc in 2008.

I like this conventioneer squatting like a Spiderman, all luminous and bright, a kind of Electro Spawn.

Two attentive participants with shiny armour mask.

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This should be the same Harun that appeared in #118.

She-Spawn before Nyx.

Crab? Spider?

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Spawn #120
October 2002

Cogliostro revealed he is Cain, the first murderer and the first Hellspawn. And yes he is also Malcus, Merlin and Faustus among others.

Photobucket During the battle in hell, there is a particularly unsettling image of the demise of one of the Spawns. Click here for larger image. Not Suitable for Spawn Fans.

Spawn #121
December 2002

Cain usurped the throne of hell. Simmons the Spawn become two entities - Simmons and Spawn. Click here for a larger image of this beautiful all-black Spawn.