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The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, #45, Deadpool
The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, Deadpool

AKA: WADE WILSON

When he first appeared on the scene in 1991, Deadpool was a minor character, hailed as the mutant answer to Spider-Man. Or, rather, the mutant rip-off of Spider-Man, right down to the red costume with coloured rings around the eyes, the extraordinary agility and a propensity for delivering one-liners in the middle of a fight. But the Rob Liefeld/Fabian Nicieza creation quickly became a fan favourite and established a demented identity of his own. The constant regeneration of his brain cells has turned the former Weapon X subject certifiably insane � so much so that he realises he�s in a comic book, and frequently refers to the fact. Although he began life as a villain, the Merc With A Mouth was given his own title in 1997 (although cancelled in 2002, Marvel�s having another crack later this year) and is now officially a hero. Well, an anti-hero. And one of the most entertaining ones around.

FIRST APPEARED IN THE NEW MUTANTS #98 (1991)
CREATED BY ROB LIEFELD AND WRITER FABIAN NICIEZA

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Mutant with a healing factor (which constantly regenerates his cancer-ridden body), enhanced strength and agility, a variety of swords and daggers and the ability to wisecrack like no-one else.
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Ryan Reynolds will play Deadpool, with a view to his own spin-off, in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, due next May. Let�s hope it works out better for him than Blade: Trinity...
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He once had his head cut off - and survived. His healing factor kicking in once the errant noggin was reattached.
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