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EXCLUSIVE: Annie Wu Channels ’60s Romance in Deadpool Anniversary Variant

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EXCLUSIVE: Annie Wu Channels ’60s Romance in Deadpool Anniversary Variant

Marvel has celebrated its 75th anniversary all year, and in October 2014 the publisher is paying tribute to its vast history by lightly poking fun at it through a series of “photobomb” variants featuring Deadpool inserting himself into multiple famous covers.

CBR can exclusively reveal the latest, illustrated by Annie Wu: It’s Deadpool departing from the superhero genre to insert himself into the world of romance for a “Black Widow” #11 variant cover, based on the cover of 1965’s “Patsy Walker” #121. While most of the Deadpool 75th Anniversary variants reference superhero imagery — like the iconic “Amazing Spider-Man” #33 cover — this one takes on teen-humor/romance character Patsy Walker, “the prettiest gal in town” who debuted in 1944 in the days of Marvel precursor Timely Comics. In 1976, though, Patsy received a distinct new identity — as costumed Marvel crimefighter Hellcat.

Wu’s art can next be seen in “Hawkeye” #20, on sale next Wednesday, Sept. 10. Check out both Wu’s “Black Widow” #11 variant cover and its inspiration, by Sol Brodsky, below.