Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Marvel Lampoons DC with Deadpool 3D Comic Book

DC Comics is making a big deal of their month long FUTURES END-themed comic books with lenticular 3-D covers hitting stores in September. Now Marvel is taking a friendly swipe at their comic book competitor with their own 3-D covered comic book that will also be available in September that has the popular Deadpool character lampooning DC's promotion.

Marvel's Deadpool #34 limited edition 3-D variant cover will be provided to retailers for every 52 copies of the standard issue they order (catch the 52 connection with DC's current product lineup?)  Marvel notes that 3-D stands for "Dashingly Dancing Deadpool." This looks to be a fun collectible to get your hands on but may not be so easy to get as retailers will probably provide as a reward to their most loyal customers or jack up the price for resale based upon the limited quantities being distributed.  If you really want one, you may want to talk to your local comic book specialty store this month because they are placing their September orders to publishers now.

September's lampoon isn't the first time Marvel has poked fun at DC.  Going back to the 1990s, Deadpool #17 mocked the DC Comics promotion "Faces of DC Month".  A Marvel press release hints back to that Deadpool #17 lampoon:
Flashback to an earlier time – the 1990s – covers were flashier, pouches were really in style, and every comics  tied into an event or crossover. Have we mentioned this latest issue ties in to Original Sin yet? Thanks to the events of Original Sin, S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents Adsit & Preston have learned the dark secrets in Deadpool’s past. 
Now, witness the events they uncovered about Deadpool first-hand as what really happened is finally revealed!  Plus, don’t miss guest appearances from some of the biggest comic stars of the 1990s – 90s Sabretooth, 90s Alpha Flight and 90s artwork!
More recently, Marvel lampooned DC with a Deadpool 53 state birds variant cover for "Uncanny X-Men" which was released at the same time "Justice League #1" which featured 52 state flag variant covers was out.  Also in 2010, Marvel offered retailers a special Deadpool themed variant cover for Siege #3 for every 50 stripped covers of DC's most popular titles returned to the publisher.

Deadpool by the way is a disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary that originally appeared as a villain in Marvel Comic's in a 1991 issue of the New Mutants and has evolved into somewhat of a quasi hero with appearance in multiple other titles and his own series.

So what do you think? Is Marvel's poke at DC funny and amusing or do you think it is kinda tacky?

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