Deadpool is one of the most famous Marvel Comics characters today. After all, he’s ready to have a third movie set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which doesn’t even count his appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. In addition to this, Deadpool has appeared on a very wide range of merchandise that has served to make interested people know him even more. Of course, since comics are comic books, it should come as no surprise to learn that the familiar version of Deadpool was created piecemeal rather than in a single instant.
Today, Deadpool is a comedic antihero with a penchant for breaking the fourth wall, as well as a regeneration superpower that makes him exactly as immortal as he needs to be for the purpose of the story. However, while some of those items were included early on, others were introduced over time. For example, the character was not always an antihero. Instead, Deadpool was created by a team between Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza as a supervillain destined to fight Cable and the New Mutants. Something that changed when his recurring appearances, as well as a couple of miniseries, proved popular enough to get his own series. This series was what made him a parody of the antihero of the 90s at the same time that it provided him with a supporting cast, allowing him to transition from his initial role to someone much more ambiguous by nature. Speaking of which, this was around the same time that Deadpool took up his fourth wall breaking stunt, though that wasn’t incorporated into his main character until some time later.
That said, Deadpool’s appearance has been much more consistent. Supposedly, he ran out of weapons because Liefeld liked a couple of things, one of which was GI Joe and the other the various weapons wielded by the various Avengers. Interestingly, when he presented the design to Nicieza, the latter pointed out that the character was literally Deathstoke from DC Comics’ Teen Titans, which is how Deadpool ended up being called Wade Wilson in reference to Slade Wilson’s name Deathstroke. In addition to this, it’s also worth mentioning that Deadpool and Cable were always meant to be Liefeld’s versions of Spider-Man and Wolverine, although their stories are much more connected to the latter than to the former. Over time, Deadpool has acquired many characteristics and many stories. Unsurprisingly, this has led to some incompatibilities, which are the inevitable result of longtime characters engaging in story after story. However, where comic book makers make an effort to turn the stories of other comic book characters into something semi-coherent, they had instead chosen to embrace Deadpool’s incompatibilities. Something that makes perfect sense considering both the character and his narrative role.
What should people know about the Deadpool logo?
Superman was not the first superhero. However, he established a number of conventions that have become so widespread that they are now central to the superhero concept itself. An excellent example would be the famous S for Superman on the diamond-shaped shield, which has caused many other superheroes to use countless superhero logos.
As for how it came into being, well, one could speculate on the influence of heraldry in medieval Europe. In short, warriors weren’t standard enough to wear uniforms in most pre-modern societies, which could make it difficult for them to figure out who was who. Sometimes this was not a big problem. For example, if warriors from one culture were fighting warriors from a very different culture, that would surely be reflected in their weapons, armor, and often even the way they fought. Likewise, if warriors managed to hold their lines as they were supposed to, they would be able to find out who they were and weren’t supposed to fight just by looking in the direction they were looking. Unfortunately, battles weren’t always so convenient, which is why a wide range of cultures came up with a wide range of ways to make warriors more identifiable.
In medieval Europe, this eventually sparked the creation of the heraldry system, with the result that elite warriors would begin to use unique designs on their shields, as well as other pieces of equipment to make themselves easier to recognize. The Superman logo is very much a callback to this idea, although to some extent it was overlaid on the police badges. On…