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In life, Spawn was Albert Francis Simmons, who was born in Detroit, Michigan, as the second eldest of three children born to Bernard Simmons – a traveling salesman – and Esther Simmons, a devil worshipper. Simmons was once a very intelligent and physically strong, highly decorated officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel while serving with Force Recon. He later joined the Secret Service, where he became a highly decorated member who was recruited into the Central Intelligence Agency. Once in the CIA, Simmons joined the U.S. Security Group – an umbrella agency encompassing the CIA, the NSA, and the NSC commanded by Director Jason Wynn, and becomes a capable assassin.
During a mission in Botswana, Director Wynn grew tired of Simmons’ increasing morality and secretly hired Simmons’ friend and partner Bruce Stinson (codename Chapel), to kill him. Simmons was burned to death and sent to Hell. Making a deal with the devil Malebolgia, Simmons agreed to become a Hellspawn and served Malebolgia if he was allowed to see his wife Wanda one last time. Malebolgia agreed and returned Simmons to the living realm but without most of his memories, a severely burned body and a demonic guardian named the Violator.
After his death and rebirth, Simmons – now called Spawn – arrives on Earth in a daze, off-balance and disoriented. With only vague recollections of his past, he only knows his name and that he died. Spawn occasionally experiences painful flashbacks and eventually remembers his deal with Malebolgia but not his wife’s name. Using CIA files, he tracks down his wife and finds her married to his former best friend Terry, with whom she has a daughter named Cyan, and realizes five years have passed since his death.
Spawn soon runs into a fellow Hellspawn, who informs him his powers are fueled by Necroplasm and that once they are depleted, he will return to Hell. Not wanting to return to Hell, Spawn attempts to find a new purpose in life while using as little power as possible. Spawn is thrust into several antihero adventures, taking down street gangs and organized crime in New York City. Battling against Italian mobsters and later eventually killing a serial murderer and pedophile Billy Kincaid, Spawn finds a new purpose in stopping evil.
In his early battles, Spawn faces street thugs and gangs, becoming a dark, sadistic antihero, and brutally murders the pedophile and child murderer Billy Kincaid. Spawn gains the attention of police detectives Sam Burke and Twitch Williams, and becomes “King of Rat City”, a gathering of alleys populated by the city’s homeless. There he meets Cogliostro, who seems to know much about Spawn and becomes his mentor.
Spawn is hunted by the warrior angel Angela, who hunts Hellspawns for sport, and battles the cyborg mob enforcer Overt-Kill. He also fights the angelic warrior Anti-Spawn, also known as the Redeemer, who is really Jason Wynn.
After a confrontation with the Redeemer, Spawn’s suit becomes more advanced, with a new cape and chains that can shapeshift to confuse his opponents. Spawn’s boots and gloves are replaced with spikes. Since the metamorphosis, the suit will feed off souls.
After this, Tony Twist sends a reprogrammed Overt-Kill after Terry, and Spawn is forced to reveal his identity while saving his friend. However, a well-placed shot from Twitch Williams brings down Overt-Kill. Spawn is part of Angela’s trial and later travels to the South and encounters the KKK and an abusive father of two boys. When he returns to New York, he is attacked by a new Redeemer, causing his costume to evolve once more. After another encounter with the Curse, the suit sends him to Hell but Malebolgia sends him back with full control of the suit.
Spawn wears a living symbiotic costume, Leetha of the 7th House of K (also known as K7-Leetha). While wearing it, the host assumes a dominant role over his suit. His shroud, spikes, chains and skulls are all part of an organism bonded to his central nervous system that will protect Spawn even if he is unconscious.