Posted on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 by Angie Han
Marvel illustrator Arthur Suydam is no stranger to homage covers — his Wikipedia page is basically one long list of such covers for the Marvel Zombies series and others. But the ones that really piqued our interest are these tongue-in-cheek covers for Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth, which reference well-known movie posters. The comic series ran for thirteen issues between June 2009 and July 2010, and has since been collected into a hardcover that was released last fall. Check out the covers after the jump.
We’ll give you a moment to see how many of the homages you can identify. (Hint: Not all of them are film-inspired.) Once you’re done, scroll past the gallery for answers.
[images via Geek Tyrant, Marvel, BSC Review and Super Punch]
Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #1: Army of Darkness
Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #2: Jaws
Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #3: Dawn of the Dead
Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #4: Scarface
Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #5: Pretty Woman
Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #6: Alien
Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #7: Trainspotting
Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #8: One Million Years B.C.
Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #9: The Graduate
Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #10: Frank Miller’s Wolverine #1 (comic book)
Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #11: Lone Wolf and Cub (manga)
Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #12: Nirvana’s Nevermind (album)
Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth #13: The Silence of the Lambs
Deadpool (aka Wade Wilson) first appeared in the Marvelverse way back in 1991, in New Mutants #98. He’s since become popular for his dark, wisecracking sense of humor. Like every major Marvel character, Deadpool has an insanely convoluted backstory, which you can read about here.
Deadpool’s first live-action cinematic appearance was in 2009′s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where he was played by official Sexiest Man Alive Ryan Reynolds. A Deadpool-centric spinoff directed by Swedish music video maven Adam Berg and written by Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick is in the works. However, with Reynolds’ packed schedule it’s difficult to say when we can actually expect to see the film.
If the covers have you curious about the actual books behind them, here’s Marvel’s official description of the Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth hardcover:
It’s the Merc with two mouths! Deadpool travels to the Savage Land to retrieve what might be the deadliest bioweapon the universe has ever seen. What is this deadly object? Well, Deadpool’s employer is being a little vague about that. Let’s just say when the secret is finally revealed, it’s enough to throw even the Merc with two Mouths for a loop…Oh hell, we can’t keep a secret, it’s the severed-but-still-hungry head of the Marvel Zombies Deadpool! To save the universe, Deadpool must team up with himself to dodge Hydra operatives, dinosaurs, cavemen and zombie cavemen as he attempts to take his not-so-precious cargo back where it came from: the Marvel Zombies Universe.