Nowadays Deadpool and Spider-Man are best buds, The two even star in their own team-up title. But what if Deadpool had invaded Spidey’s world in the 1960’s?
That’s what happened in 1997’s Deadpool #11 by Joe Kelly; Al Milgrom; Joe Sinnot; Pete Woods; and John Romita. After an accident with his portable teleporter (created by his pal Weasel) has thrown Deadpool and Blind Al through a dimensional portal to who knows where.
Deadpool and Blind Al emerge and scare the living crap out of May Parker, knocking her out cold. Wade and Al stash the unconscious Aunt May in the living room, as they try to figure out where they are. Meanwhile in the present (or future) the Great Lakes Avengers and Weasel try to figure out what happened to Deadpool and Al.
Deadpol #11 is ridiculously funny from start to finish. The idea of Deadpool using an image inducer to duplicate Peter Parker’s face is priceless. So is Mary Jane Watson’s aunt Anna not recognizing Blind Al is disguised as Aunt May. But one scene that had me crying with laughter was when Deadpool met Harry Osborne. I don’t know what confused Wade more: Harry’s sixties lingo, or his hair.
Joe Kelly tells a pretty hysterical story in this issue, and he gives Deadpool and Al some great one-liners and moments. Like when Deadpool gets invited to Gwen Stacy’s party, with Wade planning to get a young Weasel drunk enough to fix his teleporter. Meanwhile, Weasel plans to finally admit his love for Gwen. And did I mention Wade thinks he can score with Mary Jane? Or how about Blind Al’s reaction when MJ starts dancing for no apparent reason? How about the nipple lasers of Kraven The Hunter?
And that’s just some of what happens in Deadpool #11. Hard to believe it’s been 20 years since Deadpool #11 came out. This is one comic that is not considered a classic, but it should be. I’m sure this comic is available on ComiXology, but If you can find an actual copy of the comic, it’s well worth the money.
This is the issue that made me a Deadpool fan for life. Up until this point the Deadpool I knew from early X-Force issues was a more serious character working for Mr. Tolliver. I had no idea Joe Kelly had transformed him into one of comics funniest characters. But Deadpool #11 changed the way I looked at good old Wade.