How many Marvel characters can you recognise in this Guinness World Record-breaking comic cover for Deadpool #27?
The cover of Deadpool #27 sets Guinness World Record for most comic characters in a single-issue cover.
Rejoice, all you fans of Wade Wilson aka Deadpool, for your favourite neighbourhood Merc With The Mouth is now a married man!
Wait, what? Deadpool the Regeneratin’ Degenerate is married? Yes, you better believe it, true believers – in the latest issue of Marvel’s ongoing Deadpool series (Deadpool #27) released yesterday, the hugely popular comic character ties the knot with Shiklah, Queen of the Undead!
And that’s not all, not content with shocking us with perhaps the most unlikely comic book wedding ever (ok, besides that ill-advised Doc Ock-Aunt May union Marvel tried to shove down our throats in 1974’s The Amazing Spider-Man #131), Deadpool #27 also set a Guinness World Record for having the most comic characters ever in a single-issue cover.
Among the characters shown on the cover were popular heroes like Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Spider-man, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, as well as some lesser known ones like Doop and er.. Squirrel Girl.
According to a report on Comic Book Resources (comicbookresources.com), Deadpool #27’s wraparound cover by Scott Koblish and Val Staples features 232 Marvel characters, with Guinness determining that 224 of those characters were “publicly familiar enough to qualify for the recognition”.
“When artist Scott Koblish proposed this cover layout to me, I thought he was crazy … but it’s the kind of crazy you have to respect,” Deadpool editor Jordan White said in a statement on the website.
Cheekily billed as “the most important issue #27 in the history of comics”, Deadpool #27 also includes 12 other stories from former Deadpool writers such as Fabian Nicieza, Mark Waid, Joe Kelly, Frank Tieri, Gail Simone, and others.
Created by artist Rob Liefeld and writer Fabian Nicieza, the physically disfigured and slightly insane Deadpool was originally depicted as a villain when he made his debut in 1991’s New Mutants #98, but has since gone on to become one of Marvel’s most popular characters, thanks to his comically unstable nature and a tendency to “break the fourth wall” by talking directly to the reader.
Ryan Reynolds played the character in the live-action X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie in 2009.