Comics Should Be Good Top 50 Countdown! – #11
Here’s #11! Click here for the master list!
This is a tough one, because it’s not exactly like Deadpool is some great classic comic book title, and it certainly is not in the same realm of quality of Lee/Ditko Spider-Man or Lee/Kirby Fantastic Four (or any number of other titles), but Deadpool #11 not only stands out as a strong individual issue, I think it, well, stands out overall.
People seem to know this issue offhand – and that really is what this list is about – the most memorable comic book numbers, and when I toss out the number “11,” this issue is what usually comes back to me.
Deadpool #11 is the famous issue of Joe Kelly’s Deadpool run (with artwork by a young Pete Woods) where Deadpool gets trapped in the past. But the past, in this instance, is in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man #47!! Deadpool uses his image inducer to pretend to be Peter Parker, while his friend, Bilnd Alfred (an old blind woman) pretends to be Aunt May.
The whole issue mixes in real dialogue and plotlines from the original issue, but all the time teasing the original issue for some of the peculiarities of the time, like why Mary Jane enters a room and just starts dancing (Alfred thinks she must be on drugs). Plus, how can you not like a comic book that actually makes fun of the Osborn boys’ haircuts?
This story was a brilliantly funny one by Joe Kelly, and the cleverness of the plot make it a truly memorable issue.
Amazing Spider-Man #11 was a great issue where Doctor Octopus beats the heck out of Spider-Man, making Spider-Man, for the first time, truly fear for his safety. Fantastic Four #11 saw the introduction of the Impossible Man. Any other great #11s that you folks can think of (besides Brett Gardner, of course)?
Okay, two BIG honorable mentions!
The Superman Annual by Alan Moore “For the Man Who Has Everything” was Superman Annual #11 and Beast turned furry in Amazing Adventures #11! Either one of those would be worthy replacements for Deadpool #11.