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Cover to Spawn/Batman by Todd McFarlane, in homage to Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns
Publication information
PublisherImage Comics
Publication date1994
No. of issues1
Main character(s)Batman
Creative team
Written byFrank Miller
Artist(s)Todd McFarlane

Spawn/Batman is a 1994 one-shot comic book written by Frank Miller with art by Todd McFarlane and published by Image Comics.[1] The comic is an intercompany crossover between Batman and Spawn.[2] The book, along with Batman/Spawn: War Devil, will be repirinted as Batman/Spawn: The Classic Collection on November 15, 2022.[3]

Plot summary

Batman comes to New York City in his search for an arsenal of high-tech weapons and robots that use decapitated human heads as their brains. Antagonistic, confrontational and suspicious of each other, Spawn and Batman engage in violent battles before realizing they are both after the same villain. Grudgingly, they decide to work together. The person they seek has been kidnapping and decapitating the homeless for use in the robots, but that is only part of the plan: There is also a nuclear arsenal ready to be deployed.


A note inside the front cover states that the one-shot is "a companion piece to DC Comics' The Dark Knight Returns. It does not represent current DC Comics continuity" and so on. Though the crossover has never been a part of the ongoing Spawn continuity either, it is a commonly held belief that the scar appearing on Spawn's face at the beginning of Spawn #21 is the same wound inflicted by Batman with a carefully thrown Batarang at the closing of the crossover, which is upheld by Spawn's remark in that very same issue that the scar was a result of his run-in with "some bozo in black". However, through some slight retcon, specifically with the non-chronological release of Spawn #19 and 20, the "bozo in black" in question is actually revealed/changed to be Harry Houdini, and the scar in question is the result of gunfire that Spawn suffered while protecting Terry Fitzgerald.

Frank Miller revealed that the crossover took place in his Batman shared universe alongside The Dark Knight Returns and its various sequels and prequels.

In the game Mortal Kombat 11, Raiden remarked that Spawn reminded him of another "Dark Knight". Spawn remarks that the "billion dollar crusader" is a friend.

Batman/Spawn: War Devil

Main article: Batman/Spawn: War Devil

Another meeting of the two characters was Batman/Spawn: War Devil published by DC. It was written by Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon, and Alan Grant and drawn by Klaus Janson.[4][5]


  1. ^ Spawn-Batman at the Grand Comics Database
  2. ^ Manning, Matthew K. (2010). "1990s". In Dolan, Hannah (ed.). DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 267. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. This prestige one-shot marked Frank Miller's return to Batman, and was labeled as a companion piece to his classic 1986 work The Dark Knight Returns. The issue was drawn by Todd McFarlane, one of the most popular artists in comic book history.
  3. ^ "DC Rewinds to the 90s in November". DC. 2022-08-18. Retrieved 2022-08-18.
  4. ^ Batman/Spawn: War Devil at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 267: "Fans were also treated to a companion special entitled writers Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon, and Alan Grant, and artist Klaus Janson.