Part One: Todd McFarlane's Early Years
Before delving into the many trials of Todd McFarlane, it’s worth looking at a quick overview of his early career. Much of what McFarlane would do, and how he would act, was dictated by the views he formed in the earlier part of his career. McFarlane appeared to be an overnight sensation, but the reality, like most careers, is far from the truth.
“I attended Spokane Falls Community College starting in, I think, the beginning of 1980, spent about a year and a half there and then transferred over to Eastern Washington University and stayed there until graduation in 1984. Graduation about May of '84, started working for Marvel Comics, sort of a subdivision called Epic Comics, had a short stint, probably for four or five months; and then from there jumped over to DC.” (McFarlane Deposition, 1 March 2006)
His early days, pencilling Coyote (Epic Comics, a Marvel Comics imprint) and Infinity Inc (DC Comics) allowed him ti…