Ever notice how when something starts gaining popularity in society, all of the sudden people start jumping on the band wagon?
I love the Merc with a Mouth! Always have. Well sort of. I remember reading Marvel Comics, "New Mutants #98" when I was a kid. All of the sudden there is this guy in a red suit. Deadpool's 1st appearance in the Marvel Universe was rather minuscule and the issue wasn't all that riveting.
A while later, *POOF* He has his own series. I remember seeing the 1st issue of "DEADPOOL" on the shelf. I remember thinking, "...Oh yea, that's the guy who was in 'New Mutants' that one time..." I picked up the copy and began following the series for a few issues. The comedy was quirky and funny. Over the first ten issues you really start to see this character develop into the Pop Culture Icon he is today.
"I love how Deadpool breaks the fourth wall... he was the first character to do it in comics...." I hear these 2 comments all the time. Usually together as well. It's infuriating. It really is.
I love that Wade Wilson breaks the 4th wall too. It's always funny and allows for the writer to really be creative with the story line. "...Deadpool has always broken the 4th wall..." WRONG!
DP didn't start breaking the 4th wall until Deadpool #28. When he runs into Bullseye. However I have recently heard rumor that, he ACTUALLY first broke the 4th wall in Wizard #0. I have yet to see this. Also, other characters have broken the 4th, on his covers. Example #20 issue from the '97' run.
As for the statement that he was the first character to break the 4th wall, this is simply untrue. There have been others way before him. Evidence you say? Prove it you exclaim? Sure thing buckaroos!
Now, this article isn't to bash, slam or degrade anyone in any way. It's just to educate the new fans as to some history and fact in the comic book universe, that many of us have enjoyed our entire lives. So, go to your local comic book store. Pick up some back issues. Enjoy them, appreciate the art and wonderful storylines. Then on Friday, go see the Deadpool movie!
Oh, one more thing. PARENTS! Deadpool is NOT for your kids. He's perverted, crude, it's bloody, he swears a lot, talks inappropriately about women and is completely psychotic. Stop whining about it being rated R.
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