Welcome to the five hundred and eighty-second 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, learn the secret origin of Deadpool’s fascination with chimichangas, discover whether Grant Morrison forgot the ending of Son of Demon or not and learn if there was a Superman comic made just in Europe!
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’s fascination with chimichangas went back to a Marvel in-joke a decade old at the time.
The other day, I answered a reader question about Deadpool’s fascination with chimichangas, a relationship that has only gotten bigger and bigger now that chimichangas were featured extensively in the Deadpool film and in the marketing for the Deadpool film.
Like a Deadpool toy…
Chimichangas were used as part of Deadpool’s IMAX trailer…
Here's the cover of a Deadpool Kills Deadpool comic with chimichangas worked in....
So it became this big ol’ thing.
I noted at the time that it was funny to see Deadpool SO associated with chimichangas since when Fabian Nicieza first introduced the chimichanga shtick in Cable and Deadpool #13 (art by Patrick Zircher and a bunch of inkers), the joke was that Deadpool only really liked the NAME (not that he DISliked the food, of course, just that it wasn’t his big favorite or anything like that)…
Even that, though, had a secret origin. Fabian Nicieza explained to Germain Lussier of io9 that the whole “Chimichanga, chimichanga, chimichanga” bit:
was based completely on an in-joke between myself and the late Mark Gruenwald. Years earlier we’d seen a Saturday Night Live skit where Jimmy Smits was over-pronouncing Spanish words, one of those, I think, was ‘chimichanga.’ Mark and I spent most of that Monday in the office over-pronouncing words with a bad Spanish accent, and cracking each other up.
Here’s the skit, from a 1990 episode of Saturday Night Live…
That’s awesome. I love the idea of an in-joke lasting over a decade before it becoming such a major part of the characterization of such a major character.
Thanks to Fabian Nicieza and Germain Lussier for the information!
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On the next page, did Damian Wayne’s debut come about from Grant Morrison forgetting how the Son of Demon went?
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