1st Appearance of Deadpool
There is no denying that Deadpool, Marvel’s "Merc with a mouth," is enjoying something of a renaissance in popularity these days with a popular comic book series and a movie adaptation in the works, but it still is a bit surprising that a mint copy (graded "10") of New Mutants #98, which features the first appearance of Deadpool, sold for nearly $16,000 at the recent Comiclink auction. The total is quite possibly a record for "Modern Age" books (1985-present) and definitely reflects the growing popularity of Deadpool.
Rob Liefeld, who both wrote and drew New Mutants #98 (Fabian Nicieza scripted), reported the sale on twiiter and posted a picture of the book itself on Instagram. The smart aleck anti-hero has certainly come a long way since his first comic book appearance in February of 1991. Deadpool recently reached as high as #31 on IGN’s list of the Top 100 Comic Book Heroes, not a bad showing for a character that was created during the presidency of the first George Bush.