For the last year over at my blog I have been counting down the 50 best Deadpool appearances you actually have a shot finding. Whether it’s by sifting through the long boxes of your LCS, flea markets, yard sales and those smelly comic shows at your local Knights of Columbus or by getting the jump on your favorite online retailer, these are the ones that might help you break through the fourth wall!
Prior to the famed Joe Kelly/Ed McGuinness series, Deadpool did not enjoy the popularity he holds today. In fact he was hardly used by Marvel, making limited and small appearances in titles such as Silver Sable, Secret Defenders and Nomad. Because he was just another guy in a suite with a lot of pockets and didn’t have the sense of humor fans have come to love, many of these appearances were forgotten. Enjoy the hunting…
50. Over Power Card Game Deadly Foes
49. The New Warriors 53
The New Warriors suffered from the same fate as many Marvel titles during this time period. Poor sales lead to low print runs. Deadpool appearing making it one of the only New Warriors comics worth owning.
48. The Marvel X-Men Collection: Jim Lee #2
A pin-up book by Jim is as good a reason to buy a comic as any. Throw in Jim drawing the merc with a mouth and you’ve got collector’s gold.
47. Spider-Man Webspinners 7
This is one of the more obscure Deadpool appearances. Anyone subscribe to Merc Monthly?
46-42. Identity Disc 1-5
This mini bombed when it came out but it’s got a pretty cool concept despite being blatantly ripped from the plot of The Usual Suspects! One book also holds the only appearance to date of Deadpool’s wife Gretchen Wilson.
41. Nomad 15
40. White Tiger 5
39-37. Wizard 87
Wizard Magazine loved tossing inserts and promos into their magazine to convince collectors to buy. In this case fans were treated to three bagged covers each will a Deadpool 0 comic inside! My favorite was this Spawn/Batman cover. There is also an awful Punisher cover and one that features Kiss!
36. What The?! 25
Deadpool is in this one? What the &$*%#?
35-33 Secret Defenders 15,16,17
32. X-Men Ultra Collection 5
Here we have another Deadpool pin-up in a dollar-bin gem.
31. Heroes Reborn Remnants
30-28. Wolverine Volume 2. issue 73, 70th Anniversary Variant & 2nd print
27. Marvel Holiday Magazine
I can’t think of anyone who actually collects holiday specials ( unless you count that one where Gamora spends time with Thanos during Christmas! ), this one is the exception to the rule thanks to a Deadpool appearance.
26. X-Force Megazine
As far as reprints go this one has slowly become important to Deadpool collectors. It flew under the radar for some time but when fans found out that it reprinted NM 98 they started to get scooped everywhere. A healthy enough print run means they are still out there.
25-15 Exiles 5,6,11,12,13,45,59,66,67,68,86
14. What if… 79
15. Black Panther Volume 3, issue 22
Issues from the Cat Trap crossover between Deadpool and this volume of the Black Panther usually sell at a premium. But Deadpool appeared one issue earlier. He’s not on the cover so fans simply forgot.
14. Silver Sable 30
One of Deadpool’s earliest appearances was on the cover of issue 23 of this poor series. In this issue he appears in one panel.
13. Deadpool -1
12. X-Force Annual 1
There are a ton of these out there.
11. The Avengers 366
10. Cerebro’s Guide to the X-MEN
Another Wizard supplement that once was a throw away should be more highly sought after thanks to Deadpool.
9. Marvel Year in Review 1993
8. J2 11
7. Gambit 17,18
I’m sorry but Gambit sucks. Fortunately for collectors Channing Tatum is going to make the mutant quite popular again which should increase the value of key Gambit comics including these two.
6. X-Force 71
5. Superman Batman Annual 1
4. X-Men Millennial Visions 2002
This one is here mostly due to its rarity in the wild. A lot of these types of books just don’t survive because they are not coveted by collectors.
3. The Official Handbook to Marvel Universe Master Edition 25
2. Titans 155
Ok so this one is a lot harder to come by than all the others on this list as it reprints NM 98. This is the only Foreign Deadpool appearance on my list because it’s probably easy to find if you live in France. It is an undervalued Deadpool collectible even at the current Ebay prices and Ultron is on the cover which doesn’t hurt the potential for value.
1. New Mutants 98
It should come to no one’s surprise that this comic is number one. It’s not that I don’t realize raw sales have hit for hundreds but the fact is this one can be found in any bin at any time thanks to a massive print run. It has become the Hulk 181 of the modern era and cemented Deadpool as one of the most popular characters in Marvel history.
When I find new ones I will add them here:
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