Liefeld, who announced in 2019 that he wasn’t going to do any more work for Marvel in the foreseeable future, is returning to celebrate Deadpool’s 30th anniversary.
So, this will be my last original cover for Marvel for the foreseeable future. After doing 100 covers the last few years, I’m taking a pause. I’m also not continuing any interiors as I’ve put those on hold as well. G.I. JOE:SNAKE EYES and creator owned are on the desk! pic.twitter.com/YbV7HZtHfj
— robliefeld (@robertliefeld) October 15, 2019
Plans for the Deadpool 30th anniversary celebration include a Deadpool Nerdy 30 one-shot and 30 variant covers all drawn by Liefeld, featuring Deadpool alongside other Marvel characters, including some of Liefeld’s other creations and co-creations.
Additionally, starting in January, Liefeld’s podcast Robservations will feature a five-part ‘Making of Deadpool’ series that Liefeld’s announcement states will “offer insight into how the character was developed from initial discussions with Marvel to character design and beyond.”
Deadpool was created by Rob Liefeld with Fabian Nicieza and debuted in New Mutants #98. That team later went on to become X-Force, and Deadpool would become a breakout star in throughout the 1990s and 2000s under a variety of writers.
Liefeld had a major issue with Disney over the Deadpool movies, and took then CEO Bob Iger to task publicly. He even seemed to be threatening legal action over Disney’s handling of the character.
Could it be that Liefeld has had a change of heart since Iger stepped down as CEO earlier this year?
Disney is currently planning a third Deadpool movie, and it’s reportedly going to be R-rated like the previous two films.
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