Spawn in a fictional character that appears in Image Comics. He was created by Todd McFarlane and debuted in Spawn #1 in 1992. Spawn is Al Simmons, a former CIA operative and assassin who was betrayed and murdered by his own agency. After making a deal with the devil, Simmons was resurrected as Spawn, a powerful creature from Hell with an array of supernatural abilities. As Spawn, he fights against both Heaven and Hell, as well as various villains on Earth. The character has been popular since the 1990s and has had several spin-offs, adaptations, and crossovers with other comic book characters.