Deadpool 2 is coming out today. I’m excited. I’m not going to see it today. Maybe on Monday because I’ve got some time to kill or maybe whatever. I’ll figure it out. I’m so far behind on movies.
A friend and I had a great conversation. He asked, “What do you think about comic book stuff being so popular now?”
All in all, I think it’s pretty great. These characters have gotten exposure and changed movies, clothes, promotional stuff and entire other stuff. I think there are too many crappy comic book movies, but I’m happy with the good ones. I’m happiest that they’ve turned characters I’ve never cared about to characters I’ll pay attention to. I never once cared about the Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor or Doctor Strange. I’m happy they managed to change my mind about those guys. I wish they’d make Punisher not suck.
A decade ago, Deadpool was still mostly unknown. His comic would go in and out of print. Most people didn’t care. They even “killed him off” and made him Agent X for a while — which I thought was alright, but not as cool as Deadpool.
This is Deadpool’s first appearance ever. I remember New Mutants #98. I didn’t buy it because back then I only bought Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man and X-Men, but if you’ve got that in your collection, dang. That’s a big one. Deadpool looked cool but he had no personality – just Spider-Man with guns.
Some fans liked him, but not enough for much. I did search long and hard for X-Force #1 with the limited Deadpool baseball card. It was a complete waste of money, but I’m pretty sure I’ve got two of them.
Writers and artists molded this throwaway character into something that people just liked. Nobody up top seemed to care so people just did what they wanted. All the other X-Force and New Mutants don’t really matter. Looking at NM #98 and I don’t remember anything about Domino or Gideon. They look stupid. I barely remember anything about Cable. Deadpool was only in every five issues or so until he would get a miniseries or something.
Then a video game called “X-Men Legends 2” came out and he was a minor character. And he talked constantly. A new group of fans came about. DP popped into a few more games and his popularity took off. “Wolverine: Origins” came out and destroyed any fans’ hopes for a cool Deadpool movie. And they even cast Ryan Reynolds who everybody thought would be perfect. It was absolutely awful.
“Hulk vs. Wolverine” came out. It was a cartoon. Deadpool was in it, and stole the show. I don’t know how many fans watched this, but I thought, “Hey, maybe if a cartoon can manage not to screw this up, maybe they can do a full-length animation.”
Rumors of a solo Deadpool movie impressed mostly nobody. Who cares? They screwed up Deadpool in “Wolverine: Origins,” so why should we give a crap about spending ticket money for another disaster?
All of a sudden just about everybody knows about Deadpool. His movie may overshadow the last few giant movies. Who knew?
I think once Target and Wal-Mart start carrying clothes, that’s when your thing has hit mainstream. And those two stores actually carry some pretty cool shirts now. Back in my day (said in an old timey voice) I used to have to order clothes from www.stylinonline.com. They’re clothes are still the toppest of the top notch.
In some ways, the hipster in me wishes these things weren’t that easy. I searched long and hard and wide for my comics and fanboy stuff. I could tell you mountains of stuff about Deadpool, Punisher and Wolverine that people just don’t know. I’m not trying to be the annoying comic book guy, but…
I wish people would go to the source material. Let’s say a quarter of the people that see Deadpool later decide, “Hey, I want to know more about that world.” They go to their local comic book shop and decide to get some Deadpool stuff. Or Amazing Spider-Man, Batman, Avengers, Black Panther, Superman or Gwenpool.
Now that starts a chain reaction. Wow. Somebody’s buying comics again. Usually comic book stores are small businesses. Boom. Now you’re doing some good for your local nerds. You’re buying a product. Woohoo! Distributors see that people are interested in comics, so they start looking for writers. If people are looking for writers, they know where to find them. Me!
Do I like most of the Deadpool comics? Um, some of them are alright. I’ve seen a lot of cool ones come and go. The one where he gets Thom Cruz’s face is pretty funny. He gets interns in one great story arc. “Mission Improbable” was badass. I wrote one where he teams up with U.S. Agent and they try to get more popular than Spider-Man and Captain America.
Hell, I had a Deadpool tattoo on my back — which is the only tattoo I regret. It’s the only tattoo that doesn’t mean anything to me (yes, the dinosaur kicking a businessman in the nuts means something). I covered up Deadpool with something else, which I also regret. I kind of wish I just kept the damn Deadpool tattoo, but mostly I wish I didn’t get a Deadpool tattoo in the first place. I’m glad nobody sees it anymore. I still like Deadpool and consider him one of my favorite superpowered characters, but not enough for a tattoo.
In my closet, you’ll find two tees, two hoodies, a beanie and slip-on shoes featuring the Merc with a Mouth. I’m wearing a hoodie now.
But I’m not a poser that just saw the movie a few years ago and decided to buy some stuff with his logo. I’ve followed the Merc with a Mouth for more than 20 years. I liked him way before he was cool. And I’m glad he’s out there for the adoring public.
Are there any popular things that you liked before they got cool?