The character Spawn is the anti-hero of the original comic series by the same name created by writer and artist, Todd McFarlane. Spawn's first appearance was in Spawn #1 (May 1992). Upon his death, Lieutenant
Colonel Al Simmons made a pact with the devil in order to return to the
world of the living. But the resurrection the dark lord Malebolgia bequeathed
was far different from anything Simmons had envisioned. His body, his memories,
and even time were taken from him. His fate was to exist as a hellspawn.
He was then sent to the 16th century on a mission to bring back the Soul
Edge. Spawn had to obey his master, for it was his only chance of returning
to his time.