publication date: Monday, October 2, 2000 (part of Round X)
clue: This guy sure spawned some popular comic books.
explanation: McFarlane was, at the time this goo went online, the best-selling comic book artist in history, and thus arguably the most popular. He initially gained fame for drawing Spider-Man for Marvel Comics, but it was his own creation, Spawn ("spawned"), that brought him closest to mainstream consciousness. more…
solved by: Matthew Preston, Denise Sawicki, David Mitzman, Aaron Fischer, Anna Gregoline, and Edward Tegge
trivia: Though McFarlane was a giant figure in the comics industry, he arguably became better known to mainstream culture through his toy company, Todd McFarlane Toys.