Rob Liefeld Wants Everyone to Know that Deadpool is Not Deathstroke, Again.

Rob Liefeld, after quitting Twitter for Instagram, has been raising the important issues of the day. Such as whether or not Wade Wilson, Deadpool, was or was not based on Slade Wilson, Deathstroke.

It’s not the first time this alleged similarity between Slade Wilson and Wade Wilson has come up. Liefeld addressed it at Los Angeles Comic Con last year. Watch him be very emphatic about it.


Stating he hadn’t even heard about any Deathstroke comparisons until ten years after that most-stolen comic New Mutants #98 came out, and it was all down to not being able to use Spider-Man in New Mutants, and more importanly that he was easy to draw.

However, co-creator of Deadpool, Fabian Nicieza, may have had a different recollection at one point. It was reported in a Marvel-licensed Hachette Eaglemoss publication that after receiving designs for the new character Liefeld that had designed called Deadpool, called Liefeld back, saying “This is Deathstroke from the Teen Titans.”

Though that may be lost in the midst of time, it certainly sees that Fabian, cognisant of a similarity, named him Wade Wilson as a deliberate gag, in comparison to Deathstroke’s Slade Wilson. But that didn’t happen in New Mutants #98…

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