Welcome to the five hundred and seventy-seventh in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to update it in a while). This week, in honor of the release of X-Men: Apocalypse this weekend, it’s an all-X-Men week! Did Deadpool nearly debut in an X-Men/G.I. Joe crossover comic? What was the shocking original ending of X-Men: Zero Tolerance? Was Banshee originally intended to be a woman?
NOTE: The column is on three pages, a page for each legend. There’s a little “next” button on the top of the page and the bottom of the page to take you to the next page (and you can navigate between each page by just clicking on the little 1, 2 and 3 on the top and the bottom, as well).
COMIC LEGEND: Deadpool was originally going to debut in an X-Men/G.I. Joe crossover comic.
STATUS: I’m Going With False
Reader Robert has been asking me about this legend for a few years now, but I’ve finally gotten around to giving him an answer! He asked about an old Lying in the Gutters column where Rich Johnston noted:
I hear that in the very early nineties when Larry Hama wrote a Wolverine/Snake Eyes proposal to be drawn by Herb Trimpe and Jim Lee. Then both Rob Liefeld and Todd McFarlane got involved – indeed the plan was to relaunch GI Joe from this mini-series, featuring work by Rob, Todd and Jim. Indeed, I understand a few familiar sounding characters such as Chapel, Al Simmons, Deadpool and Grifter would have appeared in the series, co-owned by Hasbro, Marvel and the creators.
The Marvel license fell though and the rest is Image history.
Rob Liefeld was a very big G.I. Joe fan, especially Snake-Eyes (who lent a lot to Liefeld’s design of Deadpool, even that shell thing around his arm)…
So I’m sure Liefeld would have loved to have worked on a project like this. However, I don’t think it ever existed. The dates just don’t work out. Deadpool debuted in December 1990. Image followed in early 1992. Marvel did not lose the G.I. Joe license until mid-1994.
Secondly, when I asked Larry Hama about the project, he said he had no recollection about this at all. He even noted that wow, someone must have a great imagination.
Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, in the original column where the rumor is reported, Rich specifically gave it a RED light, which is code for “Rich thinks it is probably BS.” He would say so at the top of every column – to be sure to look at the lights. That was always a bit of an annoying thing for his columns, where he’d say something with a red light on it, noting that he didn’t think it was probably true, but it would then be reported withOUT the red light qualification and then it was, “But Rich says it was true!” while that was not what he was saying at all!
Thanks to Robert for the question, and Rich Johnston and Larry Hama for the information behind the question and the answer to the question!
(Here’s an unrelated, but awesome J Scott Campbell drawing)
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On next page, how did did Operation: Zero Tolerance ORIGINALLY end? And how was Magneto involved?
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