Spawn-Master McFarlane Hooks Up With Korn, Kiss

Todd McFarlane, the comic book titan behind "Spawn," has lent his artistic vision to upcoming projects from Korn and Kiss.

McFarlane's work will be seen on the cover of Korn's upcoming album, "Follow The Leader," when the release hits stores on August 18. The artist will also turn up with Korn at a comic book convention in San Diego on the weekend of August 14, and autographed lithographs of the cover art will be given away as part of a local radio and retail push.

McFarlane has also hooked up with his old friends in Kiss once again. He designed and marketed an updated line of Kiss action figures last year, and the two entities have joined once again for a new line tying in with the band's upcoming album. In keeping with the theme of "Psycho Circus" (the band's first album with its original line-up in 18 years), the four original Kiss members have been made over to resemble characters from some dark big top attraction, and each has been teamed with a sidekick. The

New King of the Beasts Peter Criss comes with his own animal wrangler; The Celestial Ace Frehley travels with a Stiltman; The Demon Gene Simmons is now joined by the Ring Master; and The Starbearer Paul Stanley comes complete with his own Jester.

The figures are the latest stage in the McFarlane/Kiss partnership that has already spawned last year's Kiss line, and a monthly comic book series, synergistically titled "Psycho Circus."

Those figures should arrive by the end of this week, and you can learn more about the McFarlane universe at his official website at www.spawn.com.