It Came from the Long Boxes

Yes gentle reader, it is time once again to eschew the current books and reviews in favor of a look a yesteryear. Today’s fare is probably my favorite comic book that I do not personally own: technically speaking it is my brother’s, but since he’s in Colorado and the book is under my bed in a long box, well…

After two mini-series, one of which was written by Mark Waid, 1997 saw Deadpool get his first ongoing. This lasted 69 issues, but only the first 20 or 30 were readable or enjoyable. More than John Byrne’s Sensational She-Hulk, those readable issues managed to capture the Bwa-hahahaha! spirit nicely in a Marvel comic. It’s also where Deadpool’s reputation as the “Merc with a mouth” blossomed into what we know and have been over exposed to today.

Most astonishing for me, in retrospect, is that it’s a Joe Kelly book. So little do I think of Joe Kelly nowadays that I can’t really tell the difference between him and Joe Casey. Nor do I really care to try; I see either name on a book and I avoid it…except the early Deadpool.

That’s an awful lot of back ground for a single book. The individual issue for tonight is Kelly’s brilliant Deadpool #11. Art by Pete Woods and John Romita Sr… about which more will be explained.

So why do I love this book?

First and foremost, it is a time-travel story. Deadpool and his handler/ hostage/ twisted conscience, Blind Al, are thrown back in time after an altercation with the Great Lakes Avengers…seriously. They end up trapped in Queens in what can only be honestly described as Amazing Spider-Man #44. Dp is somehow inhabiting the body/ life of Peter Parker: complete with bff Harry Osborn, gal pals Gwen Stacy and MJ Watson, and nemesis Kraven. Blind Al inhabits her own body, but she is posing as Aunt May… the real Aunt May having fainted when the two appeared. Deadpool, not realizing the PP is actually Spider-Man mucks around with Peter’s friends while trying to find a way back home. Hilarity ensues. For me, what makes this so brilliant is that it is done with minor adjustments to the art and near complete rewriting of the text bubbles in the original ASM #44. Deadpool’s comments and reactions to the way Harry talks and the ditzy acts/ poses of MJ sell this story. Well, see for yourself.

Like I said before, this is probably my favorite comic book that I do not own. I looked not long ago at Mile High Comics to see if I could get a copy. Little did I realize that since it had Deadpool in it… and apparently Deadpool is something of a hot commodity right now… that it would be cheaper to spend the night with a high class Vegas escort. Ah…inflated prices…

Still, if you find a copy for cheaper than a quickie, pick it up. In fact, pick up any of the early books in this series that you can find. I can remember laughing out loud at this book 12 years ago; I still chuckled mightily upon this revisit.