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The Devil You Know: Inside the Mind of Todd McFarlane (2001)

A film about the life and career of the famed Canadian comic book talent.


Kenton Vaughan

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Todd McFarlane ... Himself
Jim Salicrup Jim Salicrup ... Himself


This covers the life and career of one of Canada's most successful comic book talents, Todd McFarlane. We follow his youth where he acquired his artistic skill that allowed him to become a rising star in the comic book field working on such characters like The Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man. Furthermore, we learn about his equally successful career as the head of Image Comics which made breakthroughs in creator rights as well as his own success with original characters like Spawn. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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23 January 2001 (Canada) See more »

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Was first released in Canada on CBC's "Life and Times". This version was edited by approximately 35 minutes. See more »


References Risky Business (1983) See more »

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Meet the madman
18 October 2000 | by Smile-11See all my reviews

This documentary debuted recently here in Todd McFarlane's hometown of Calgary, where I caught it.

It's pretty good.

It gets remarkably deep into a man with a tremendously extroverted personality, and manages to get behind that facade and see what's crawling around on the inside.

Although the film starts out on a high note, the ending is somewhat melancholy. "The Devil You Know" builds through Todd's staggering rise through the ranks until he can afford to drop nearly three million on a baseball, then somberly comments that comic books, where Todd got his start, are in a dry phase. We see Todd's dream of playing pro baseball slip finally away, and meet some of Todd's rabidly obsessive fans. The Fans, unfortunately, are monomaniacal and seem to cast a shadow on Todd's achievements.

All in all, quite well done. It presents an entertaining peek into the life of a millionaire who made his money on a zombie superhero. What more can you ask for?

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