Deadpool is a character that has featured in comic books since 1991.
He is an extrovert character often referred to as the Merc with a Mouth, because of his incessant talking.
Deadpool is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Fabian Nicieza and artist/writer Rob Liefeld. The character first appeared in The New Mutants #98 (cover-dated February 1991). His actual name, Wade Wilson, also known as Deadpool.
There are two main comic groups that dominate the market.
These two companies have been in competition for many years.
The companies are Marvel and DC.
Now when we know that Deadpool belongs to Marvel let’s check out more about Marvel and specifically Marvel relation to Deadpool.
Timely comics were created in 1939 by Martin Goodman (a publisher).
Goodman, known for publishing pulp fiction titles in the westerns genre, had traded since 1933.
In 1939 he added a new line of comic books.
Comic books were fairly new and were increasingly popular.
Timely publications published “Marvel Comics” 31, in October 1939.
This comic saw the first appearance of the “Human Torch.”
The Human Torch was an android character created by Carl Burgos. these early Timely comics used material from a third party but after one year Timely had its own editorial staff in place.
The first real editor of Timely was Joe Simon, who teamed up with artist Joe Kirby to create “Captain Marvel.”
The first appearance of Captain America was in Captain America Comics #1, dated March 1941.
When the war was on everyone’s minds, a patriotic comic hero seemed like a good idea.
After the war superheroes dropped out of fashion and Goodman dropped most of them and moved into a variety of genres, such as horror, Westerns, humor, funny animal, men’s adventure-drama, giant monster, crime, and war comics.
He later added even more genres with Jungle stories, romance titles, espionage, medieval adventures, and Bible stories.
With this change, Goodman used the globe logo of another company he owned, Atlas news Company.
Atlas were not innovators and their business plan was to see what trends were emerging and being taken up by rivals and then copying them. They also tried to revive Captain America, The Torch.
Atlas didn’t get any genuine success with this tactic and according to Stan Lee, they survived because they were good and rushing products out at passable quality.
In 1968 Goodman sold Marvel Comics and the magazine distribution company to Perfect Film and Chemical Corporation.
In the 1960s they started branding the comics under the Marvel Brant and started adding an “MC” box on the covers.
Their chief rival DC comics had revived superheroes they had published in the past, so Marvel simply copied this tactic and did the same.
The big switch came in 1961 when Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created comics that appealed to a new adult market.
Their comics developed characters more and referenced adult issues.
In earlier times comic heroes had all been perfect, handsome, and with no flaws.
The new Marvel comics created characters that had recognizable flaws.
These new characters bickered and complained about things.
They no longer had a permanently fixed smile.
This new strategy worked well and Marvel was on a roll, growing in success.
Cadence Industries ownership
The success of Marvel Comics allowed it to pull ahead of DC comics, no longer trailing behind as a poor imitation.
They gained a new newsstand distributor, and they experimented with prices until they were undercutting DC.
It was in this time of positivity and growth that Perfect film and chemical rename itself Cadence Industries.
It also renamed the distribution company Magazine Management as Marvel Comics Group.
In the mid-1970s there was a slump in the newsstand distribution network which hit Marvel.
Many titles reported slow sales, but in reality, the first comic book stores were appearing and they sold the same titles at a later date.
In 1975 Marvel made its first venture into the audio market with both a Radio Series and a Record.
They employed Stan Lee as narrator for the audio series of Fantastic Four.
The record was a totally new direction: “Spider-Man Rock Reflections of a Superhero.”
Marvel Entertainment Group
Marvel’s parent company, Marvel Entertainment Group, was sold to New World Entertainment in 1986.
It did not take them very long to resell the group to MacAndrews and Forbes, who was owned by Ronald Perelman.
Having purchased Marvel Entertainment group in 1989 he hastened to take the company public and in 1991 MEG (Marvel Entertainment group) went public.
Ronald Perelman used the proceeds of this sale to go on a spending spree gaining other media companies, issuing Junk Bonds that were backed by Marvels’ income.
The company expanded its range of products into collector cards and published several crossover publications which caused havoc in the continuity of the Marvel Universe.
In 1992 Marvel had a setback when many leading artists left to form image comics. Malibu Comics brokered this deal.
Three years later Marvel hit back by buying out Malibu Comics, and as a by-product gained control of the leading standard for computer coloring of comics.
They also integrated the multiverse into Marvel’s Multiverse, together with ownership of the Genesis Universe.
In 1994 Marvel bought Heroes World Distribution, a comic book distributor, which shook up the industry and resulted in just two distributors surviving: Heroes World distribution, and Diamond Comic Distributors.
In 1996 Marvel used the Image Comics artists to launch “Heroes Reborn” where they transported several leading characters to a new parallel universe separate from the Marvel universe.
This experiment only lasted for twelve months, and then they returned.
In the late 1990s, the comic collector’s bubble suddenly burst.
Comics were going out of popularity and the demand suddenly plummeted.
Ronald Perelman who had issued loads of junk bonds backed by Marvel took a tremendous hit and it brought Marvel down with it.
It hit harder marvel who had invested in producing a lot of comics than most and in order to reorganize the company the Management of MEG filed for Chapter 11 in 1996 so they could reorganize the company without the interference of the shareholders.
In 1997 Toy Biz came along and purchased the MEG and ended the bankruptcy.
They formed a new corporation, Marvel Enterprises, which helped to stabilize the comics business.
Ultimately Toy Biz became a division of Marvel Enterprises and had exclusive rights to sell Marvel merchandise.
They introduced new imprints and reorganized the comics adding Ultimate Marvel, which allowed the company to update its comic titles and bring order into the timelines.
The Walt Disney Company
In 2009 Walt Disney announced it was purchasing the parent corporation of Marvel, Marvel Entertainment.
Disney made more changes to Marvel, expanding its range of products, and in 2013 Marvel cooperated with other Disney-owned businesses.
The Deadpool Concept
Deadpool is a Marvel character who originally appeared as a supervillain in “The New Mutants #98”, however in subsequent appearances, he changed into more of an antihero.
That is a major character in a story who lacks all the traditional heroic features but occasionally performs like a good-guy.
Deadpool, whose actual name is Wade Wilson, is a character with a big personality, an extrovert, with mental health issues.
He is also challenged physically by having scar tissue all over his face.
An interesting part of the way they wrote the character is his ability to converse with the readers.
He knows he is a comic book character and will often pause the action to have a chat to the readers.
The fourth wall is an invisible wall that separates the readers/audience from the action.
The readers can see through it but typically the characters cannot, being unaware of the presence of the readers.
Breaking through this fourth wall is an instance of where this fourth wall concept is breached. In comic books, there are very few instances of this happening, but in Deadpool, the principal character frequently uses this literary device to communicate with the audience, often as a comic device where he makes witty remarks about the situation.
Woody Allen used the same theatrical device in Annie Hall where he would stop and explain his thinking to the audience.
This narrative often directly conflicted with what the audience saw happening.
Deadpool Writers & Artists
Let’s take a closer look at who is behind making Deadpool character.
An Argentine-American comic book writer who is famous for his contributions to several Marvel comic book characters, including Deadpool.
An American Comic Book writer worked for both DC and Marvel during his career.
One regular writer of Deadpool, which was his first monthly assignment in 1997.
The first African American editor in mainstream comics and a writer of the Deadpool comic.
Daniel Way, a comic book writer, was part of the team that launched Deadpool (vol. 2) in September 2008.
Brian Posehn & Gerry Duggan
Posehn and Gerry Duggan co-wrote the Deadpool ongoing comic book series launched in 2012 and lasting 45 issues.
He has drawn many covers for Deadpool over the years.
No doubt that Deadpool is a popular Marvel character but he is also somewhat controversial for many fans out there.
Fans usually love him or hate him – nothing between.