That Alley the universe has a series of scoundrels, created by the demon Malebolgia. There have been a few different iterations of the comic book protagonist and hell, including Medieval Spawn, Gunslinger Spawnand Raven Spawn. Lately, Gunslinger Spawn – a fan favorite – has been getting extra attention, but who is he really and what do fans need to know about him?
Gunslinger Spawn first appeared in Alley # 119 in 2002 in a very short cameo without dialogue. In 2008, his backstory was revealed within Alley # 174 and # 175. This hell was named Jeremy Winston, but became known as “ol ‘Job”. He was a former preacher in Bane, Colorado in 1881, before being framed for the murder of his own family. A rich man named Ed Kemper was after silver on Winston’s land. He wanted it so bad that he tried to force a deal that quickly went south, as Winston’s wife was not the kind who went back to intimidation. As a result, Kemper and his men killed her as well as Winston’s children. Their power allowed them to put the former preacher in jail for being hanged.
At the same time, Henry Simmons (formerly Francis Parker) had fallen over the murder scene and was also thrown in jail for a fight and murder in another city. Simmons is the ancestor of Al Simmons – the original and current Spawn. He was a buffalo soldier whose regiment was harassed with one of their fellow soldiers killed – forcing Simmons’ hand. Both Simmons and Winston were offered by Mammon, a fallen angel, to sell their souls to Malebolgia. Winston accepted the deal in exchange for taking his revenge on the city that killed his family. Simmons did not take the deal, but he was spared as his relative would eventually result in Al Simmons’ birth – and he took over the name Henry Simmons to partially start his life all over again.
Image Comics’ Gunslinger Spawn is easily recognizable thanks to its appearance. While his face appears in the style of many of the other hell money with glowing green eyes, he is separated by his western attire. He wears a ten-gallon hat and a red vacuum cleaner. He also swings a gun on his band oils and appropriately gives him his name. He’s been a hell of a long time ago, though he’s also had a few minor cameo appearances throughout Alley series.
Gunslinger Spawn is not the most powerful in hell, but he is certainly one of the most interesting and recognizable. Despite that, he has had very few Alley appearances over the years. That has changed lately. IN Alley # 308 and 309, Gunslinger’s journey into the future was revealed. His life and ability to return to his own time is now associated with Spawn himself as a result of a war Spawn is currently fighting. Gunslinger will soon star in his own ongoing comic book bearing his name as the title. Most recently, he appeared in Spawn’s Universe # 1, and one-shot cartoon starts a new era of Alley stories, as well King Spawn – a series that still focused on Al Simmons’ Spawn, which began in August. King Spawn # 1 revealed that he too has lost a sister whom he will avenge, woke up from death in 1865, leaving a peculiar gap between this appearance and his previous history of origin. Gunslinger’s self-titled series will focus on his quest to return to his own time. Fans can follow Gunslinger Spawn’s new independent adventures when Gunslinger Spawn # 1 will be published on 20 October.