Have you ever bought a Humble Bundle before? If not, you should absolutely keep an eye on that site, subscribe to the newsletter, etc. They regularly have digital comic bundles, some of which are great. I think it might’ve been for the Spawn 25th anniversary they featured a bundle. I scooped the first 20(!) volumes of this origins collection + series like Spawn: The Dark Ages by donating 25 or 30 bucks, mostly to charity. You can’t beat it! I’ve snagged some sweet Kirby and Eisner bundles too and many more.
I agree with most everything you mention here! Although I do think at that early stage even the concept of Spawn was a bit lacking. Neil Gaiman kind of delivered the beginnings of a whole mythology when he guest wrote issue #9... which unfortunately led to all those court battles down the line!
But Spawn holds a special place in my heart for the excitement and sheer cool factor it brought as a kid. And my first published work was a childhood fan drawing printed in the letters column!