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Welcome to the five hundred and sixty-second in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to update it in a while). This week, is Marvel sitting on a “Deadpool Almost Destroys the Marvel Universe” one-shot? Did Marvel do a Green Goblin comic book about Rob Liefeld leaving Image? And did Mike Grell intentionally create a lame superhero for DC’s Bloodlines Annual?
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COMIC LEGEND: Marvel has a finished and unpublished Deadpool Almost Destroys the Marvel Universe one-shot.
Deadpool the film is smashing all sorts of movie box office records, even as we speak. The character is a sales bonanza right now. So it is interesting to note that Marvel is actually sitting on a completed Deadpool story where he almost destroys the Marvel Universe!
A few years back, Marvel put out a well-received Deadpool mini-series by Cullen Bunn and Dalibor Talajic (with stunning Kaare Andrews’ covers) about Deadpool killing the Marvel Universe…
However, over a decade earlier, artist Jim Calafiore (who drew a number of Deadpool comics between 2000-2002, including the amusing parody of the G.I. Joe “Silent Interlude” issue…
almost did his own variation of that theme, with a fill-in story he wrote and drew called Deadpool Almost Destroys the Marvel Universe.
Here’s Calafiore on the issue at his website:
This is the filler story that actually made it all the way to finished inks before being “killed” (they cancelled his title and re-launched him with a new look).
To be honest, the impetus for the story was a notion I had to cram in every Marvel character I could in to one story. So I came up with an alien invasion scenario. The twist is that the story is told in reverse, starting with the end of the battle first, and progressing backwards in snippets to the end, which is the beginning. There we see how the whole thing is Deadpool’s fault. I had a lot of fun with the character, throwing in as many little gags as I could (facing Captain America, Deadpool says “Say Captain, ain’t you like WAY overdue for a promotion”), some of which are very dated by now (I had the new Captain Marvel in there, who’d just been introduced, but everyone thought he was the original, and wondered “Aren’t you dead?”).
The idea behind the story is that Deadpool has a cold and he accidentally gives it to an alien ambassador, killing the alien instantly. This leads to the alien race declaring war on Earth and all of the heroes of Earth must prevent the destruction of Earth, all due to Deadpool’s sniffles.
Here are some pages (this would be around 2000, hence the outfits for some of the characters). I’ll post them in reverse order (so chronological order)…
Deadpool killing the alien through a sneeze…
All the heroes getting together because of Deadpool….
Captain Marvel irked at Deadpool continuing to ask, “Aren’t you dead?”
A beautiful double-page splash of the climactic battle…
Captain America telling Deadpool not to kill any more alien ambassadors…
Come on, Marvel, there’s still time to do this as a one-shot! Everyone loves Deadpool comics! Even “set in 2000″ continuity stories! Heck, you know how Deadpool occasionally has “Flashback” issues? This could be one of them!
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