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Friday, May 29, 2015

Deadpool Key Issues Part 2

Part 2 to this Deadpool key issues series, and it's an extremely important one as well. This part will reveal some important aspects of the character that popularized him.

It will also reveal the writer responsible for them as well. Many hardcore fans of the Merc With A Mouth already know who I'll be talking about, but for those of you who don't, it could be a bit of useful knowledge in snagging up Deadpool key comics.

After all, some of these are considered classics by fans of the character. You'll find out soon enough, and I did write in-length commentaries about certain issues here.

So, if you just happened to miss Part 1 of this series, that's no problem whatsoever. Just click that blue link you passed up. If you're good to go with the next batch, let's dive right on in.

1st appearance of Copycat as herself

Since Copycat is in the Deadpool movie and is played by Morena Baccarin, here's her first actual appearance as herself in comics. She also fell in love with Deadpool during her early comic career but was with Kane at one point also.

Copycat or Vanessa Carlysle made her first appearance in New Mutants #98 as Domino in order to infiltrate X-Force.

CGC 9.8s have broke past the $100 mark, and this comic has seen a smudge of heat since confirmation of her character being in the upcoming Deadpool movie. Raw copies have seen a slight bump in demand in value as well.

Probably best to raid your collection to see if you have any copies of these and either dump 'em or wait for another peak to happen. I'm actually gonna look through my junk boxes after I whip this part up. X-Force #19 was published February, 1993.

1st appearance of Weasel

In the past, the character of Weasel was first thought to have been introduced in Deadpool The Circle Chase #1. This has recently proven to be false. 

Cable #3 actually has the first appearance of Weasel and it came out a month prior. Some are saying that this is no cameo, but who knows what dictates an actual cameo as opposed to a 1st appearance? As far as I know, nobody has made a 1st appearance guideline.

I'm interested to see if industry notes this as the 1st appearance or not, but in the past, who really cared all that much? Weasel will be in the new Deadpool movie and he does become an important supporting character for Wade Wilson in his on-going series.

Weasel's real name is Jack Hammer and he is very much like the character of Microchip for the Punisher. Like Microchip, Weasel also deals in arms and technology. Weasel would become Deadpool's sidekick Wildcard for a while later. Cable #3 was published July, 1993.

1st self-titled series
1st appearance of Slayback

Noted as the first solo Deadpool comic, this 4 issue mini-series sees the 1st appearance of several minor characters. Slayback is the only semi-important one.

Gregory Terraerton was supposedly killed by Deadpool but came back as Slayback and used stolen Weapon X files to kidnap Copycat. Slayback would use her as bait to kill Deadpool.

Slayback is also a former member of Department K. He is often killed but somehow comes back. Deadpool The Circle Chase #1 use to be considered the first appearance of Weasel, but his first appearance is now being noted in Cable #3.

August, 1993 is the publishing date for this comic.

1st appearance Dr. Killebrew
Appearance revealed

When it comes to important characters that link to Deadpool's origin in the early years, Dr. Killbrew is pretty important. While working for the Weapon X program, Dr. Killbrew was the commander of Ajax and ran a hospice that was suppose to take care of failed experiments of the program until they died.

Instead, he tortured and experimented on countless of people who were deemed "failures". Of course, Wade Wilson was among these and was considered by Dr. Killbrew his favorite test subject due to Deadpool's superb healing factor.

This is not revealed in this issue but later revealed and I believe this happens long after Wade Wilson had gotten terminal cancer, which is the source of his disfigurement, and willingly went into the Department K program to undergo experiments that would give him his healing factor.

All of this would be revealed later on down the road, but Deadpool Sins of the Past #1 holds the first appearance of Dr. Killbrew. Also, it's in this issue where we first see Deadpool's disfigured appearance underneath the mask. 

Ian Churchill is the artist for this series and does some amazing work. At first glance, I thought Todd McFarlane had done the artwork.

This comic was published August, 1994, and this key issue is currently over-looked in the market.

1st battle between Deadpool & Wolverine

Wolverine has never fought Deadpool before until this issue. Wolverine #88 volume 2 sees the two first battle it out.

Of course, this is the first published battle between the two. I have no idea if a writer retconned their first duel in a later issue or not. This is a highly over-looked key issue for both Wolverine and Deadpool and not very well-known just yet in the market.

Both being from the Weapon X program and Deadpool actually having a part of Wolverine's healing factor within him, Wolverine is a character connected to Deadpool. This issue sees Wolverine realize just how hard it is to injure the Merc With A Mouth.

In later comics, Deadpool thinks his best friend is Wolverine, but this is far from the truth since most of the X-Men tend to not like Wade Wilson.

Wolverine #88 was published December, 1994.

1st appearance of T-Ray
1st appearance of Blind Al
1st appearance of Patch
Joe Kelly run starts

Way back when Total Comic Mayhem started, I recommended this one in a very short Deadpool list of keys to snag. Actually, there was only two on the list at first and this was one of them. This is the 1st issue to the 1st on-going Deadpool series and it has some pretty important supporting characters for the Merc With A Mouth.

T-Ray is an important villain for Deadpool, and he is connected to Deadpool's often convoluted origin that mimics Wolverine at times. In later stories, it was revealed that Deadpool had stolen T-Ray's identity of Wade Wilson, but then in the new series it was revealed that Deadpool is the real Wade Winston Wilson.

Blind Al and Patch are other supporting characters established in this comic series. Patch owns Hellhouse, a place where mercenaries socialize and find work.

Real name Bob Stirrat, this character brokered all sorts of savory and shady assignments to the likes of Deadpool, Domino, and T-Ray. Quite surprised this character is not yet in the Deadpool movie cast.

Blind Al is major supporting character for Deadpool in this series. She is blind like her name suggests and has a bizarre relationship with Deadpool.

In the origin of how the two met, Deadpool was assigned to exterminate Blind Al when she was working for British Intelligence. Instead, Wade Wilson killed everyone around except her and allowed her to flee.

After he had gotten cancer and was given a healing factor and went insane, Deadpool captured Blind Al again and held her captive. She is a prisoner of Deadpool and often is forced to cook and clean. She is one of the few characters that is not afraid to stand up to the Merc With A Mouth, so she is a subtle authority figure in the series.

Deadpool is often cruel to Blind Al and takes advantage of her blindness by playing pranks. However, Blind Al is extremely smart and is able to outwit his insults and play pranks on him herself. She often puts laxatives in his food.

Joe Kelly is instrumental in the character of Deadpool's evolution. He is a fan-favorite writer and was the first writer to give him a solid supporting cast.

It was under his run that saw this character break into cult popularity. Modeled off of Spider-Man, Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza just had Deadpool a wise-crackin' smart ass. Rob Liefeld was also a fan of Teen Titans and the character is a rip-off of Deathstroke as well.

Even Fabian used the name of Wade Wilson as an inside joke since Slade Wilson is Deathstroke's real name. However, Joe Kelly would be the first writer for Deadpool that would have the character break the 4th wall and actually talk to comic readers.

So, yes, very important comic in terms of Deadpool key issues, and it was published January, 1997.

1st recap 4th wall break?

Recaps are pretty common in comics. They are just like TV show recaps. You know, how a TV show usually has a "Previously on" little segment that recaps what happened in the previous episode before the new episode starts.

Same thing for comics, but instead of showing images from the previous issue, recaps in comic are usually in text. However, before the actual story begins, this recap has some of the characters, including Deadpool, address the actual reader of what went down in the previous issue.

I'm not quite sure if this is the first time this device was ever used in comics or if it's the first time Deadpool does this in his own comic series. However, it's an interesting example of what Joe Kelly brought to this character and this element of 4th wall breaking would be iconic to the comic character.

This 4th wall breaking was a gradual process, and since it doesn't happen within the actual story, it's not considered the first 4th wall break. Anyways, I included a picture of the recap page so you know what the hell I'm talking about, and you can click it to see the larger image.

Deadpool #4 from the 1st series was published April, 1997.

1st Deadpool 4th wall break in story

Quite a few out there don't regard this issue as Deadpool's 1st time breaking the 4th wall. The argument is that this is a promotional free comic book give away and it's not in actual continuity.

Free or promotional or not in continuity, it is the 1st time comic readers see Deadpool breaking the 4th wall in an actual story. Let's talk about this 4th wall concept.

It was first used in theater and plays and is in itself an imaginary wall between actors and the audience. The movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off sees the main character break the 4th wall repeatedly by addressing the audience.

In comic book terms, the 4th wall is an invisible barrier between reality and imagination. Characters are keen to the fact that they know they are characters in a comic and speak directly to the reader.

Deadpool #0 sees this 4th wall break and actually acknowledges that he is aware he is in a comic book story. It is the first time the character is seen doing this in a comic story, but this comic story is not in actual canon if that should or should not make a difference. Once again, I'll let you decide.

Usually, I don't put in other pics besides the cover, but this panel from the comic illustrates him breaking the 4th wall and acknowledging to the reader that he is aware he's actually in a comic book. You can click the image to get see the larger version.

It's on here just to illustrate the debate, and I'll let you decide for yourself. Deadpool #0 volume 1 was published January, 1998.

1st appearance of Ajax

Ajax is another important Deadpool villain or supporting character within the Deadpool mythos. Ed Skrein has been cast to play the role. In the history of Deadpool, Ajax, also known as Francis, A-Man, and the Attending was an enforcer at Dr. Killbrew's hospice or the Workshop for failed super soldiers.

Needless to say with Wade Wilson's big mouth, Ajax and him did not get a long quite so well during this time when he was known as A-Man or the Attending. This character would occur quite frequently in the series, and he is a fan-favorite Deadpool villain.

This comic has already heated up in the market, so if you got it, may be a good time to get primed for a sellin'. Well, that's if you're not a fan of the character or have multiple copies. 

Deadpool #14 was published March, 1998 and was created by Joe Kelly and Walter McDaniel.

Origin of Deadpool
1st and death of Worm

Although Deadpool #17 leads up and hints at some of Deadpool's origin, this one-shot Marvel Comics 1998 Annual: Deadpool and Death explains Wade Wilson's origins at the hospice and explains the roles Dr. Killbrew and Ajax have in turning Wade Wilson into the Merc With A Mouth.

Worm is Wade Wilson's best friend at the hospice and out of spite against Wilson's constant teasing, Ajax kills Worm. Thanos isn't the only Marvel character to have a crush on Death. Wilson grew obsessed with the character during his time at Killbrew's Workshop.

This origin is told in flashback after Deadpool is killed, and details how Wade Wilson becomes Deadpool and assumes the identity. He is resurrected by Death at the end after his life flashes before his eyes.

Undervalued in terms of Deadpool key issues but it's getting recognized and heating up, this comic was published July, 1998.

In Deadpool #1 of the 1st on-going series, I forgot to note that the Merc With A Mouth makes a jab or joke about narration. He's not actually addressing the audience however, but it shows how an early example of how this quirk for the character gradually evolves into doing so.

I've said it quite often in Part 2, and I'll say it again: Joe Kelly is the main force in bringing the quirkiness to the character that we now know today. He laid the groundwork for the Merc With A Mouth in becoming an action comic parody.

As Joe Kelly stated in an interview, "With Deadpool, we could do anything we wanted because everybody just expected the book to be cancelled every five seconds, so nobody was paying attention. And we could get away with it."

Christopher Priest, who took up the character after Kelly left the series, has admitted that "it was okay to make Deadpool look stupid."

The additional pics in this part are courtesy of and was where I found most of the information about Deadpool's 4th wall evolution in comics. Hit that link to take a gander if you want. It's good stuff, and I'm just giving credit where credit is due.

There are many Deadpool key comics in this part that are heating up due to the movie. Whether you wanna hunt or dump, time is closing in. Ryan Reynold's has just announced that they've finished filming the movie. 

Either way, good luck on your hunt or dump. Click the PART 3 to continue onward with more Deadpool key comics! If you missed Part 1, the PREVIOUS link will teleport you back that way.


  1. Man o Man Mayhem - I thought I knew everything about that character, but you sure dropped some news. From now on I will call you Dr. TCM ;-) Seriously though, just have a few things to add. Another early and scarce appearance of Mr. D. can be found in Silver Sable 23 (April 1994). And there' s also a battle between Cable and Deadpool in the X-Force comics. When I remember right, it is also the first penciled issue by Greg Capullo! At least it has a nice cover from him.

    Speculation Jones

    1. lol@Dr. Mayhem...sounds like a comic villain. Probably already is a comic villain with that name. Some great suggestions there. I'll have to check them out and hell Greg Capullo? Score!

  2. Just flipped through my box - it' s X-Force 15. And the Capullo part can be confirmed. Not bad since he showed his talents in Spawn and Batman 52...

    S. J.

  3. Greetings Mayhem,

    do yo have any kind of information what the story of the Deadpool film is going to be about? Somwhere I heard that the oneshot X-men origins Deadpool would be a base of some kind. If so, it should pop up in your list, I guess...


    1. Nope, don't know of any plot details. X-Men Origins: Deadpool is a newer comic and will most likely be listed in the one of the later parts.

  4. Hi Mayhem,

    talking about Wolverine vs Deadpool? The Wolverine Annual 1999 has another great matchup of these two. Just for info. Prices on ebay have been climbing up a bit, probably due to short print runs of these oversized and more expensive annuals. There' s a website which lists all of Deadpools appearances. Gonna name it if you like. Nearly impossible to get are his appearances in Black Panther.

    Max Rebo

    1. Sure Mr. Rebo. Will definitely help Deadpool fans who want to collect complete runs. Go for it!

    2. Allright, here it comes:

      Every Deadpool appearance can be found on

      This guy has made quite some guest appearances...


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  6. Hey mayhem awesome article! Wanted to see if you can confirm if cable and deadpool 24 is the first meeting of spiderman and deadpool?


    1. Cable & Deadpool #24 is the first published meeting between Spidey and Deadpool. Hard to believe, but it is the first time they crossed paths, but not in continuity.