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'I still have the bag of rejection letters': Todd McFarlane looks back on his own comic book origin story

Every great comic book hero needs an origin story. Todd McFarlane doesn't wear a cape or fight crime, but he is an undisputed giant in the world of comic books.
Todd McFarlane is a comic book artist, writer and an entrepreneur. (Submitted)

Whether it's an alien crash landing or a science experiment gone wrong, every great comic book hero needs an origin story. Todd McFarlane doesn't wear a cape or fight crime, but he is an undisputed giant in the world of comic books.

In the late '80s and early '90s, McFarlane reinvented Spider-Man, co-created Venom and gave life to one of the darkest and most enduring cult characters in the history of comics: Spawn. Yet his success story began with more than 300 rejection letters and was punctuated, along the way, by near-constant adversity.

McFarlane joined q guest host Ali Hassan to dig into the nitty-gritty of building a comic book empire and to explore his famously unflinching appetite for disruption.

If you're in Toronto, you can catch McFarlane at Fan Expo this weekend.   

Click 'Listen' at the top of the page to hear the full conversation.

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