As it hit stands Wednesday, Marvel's Deadpool #27 issue set a new world record for the most comic book characters on a single issue cover.
The instantly iconic, record-breaking issue features Wade Wilson tying the knot in front of hundreds of friends and family. The oversized cover includes an amazing 232 total characters, a feat never accomplished before on a single comic book cover.
Of those 232, 224 were deemed publicly familiar enough by Guinness World Records to qualify for the mark, establishing a true comics first. Here's the cover in full.
The "Merc with a Mouth" is now the Merc in Matrimony in the super-sized pages of the issue. Deadpool #27 was put together by current Deadpool writers Gerry Duggan & Brian Posehn, along with a collection of nine previous Deadpool scribes, including Fabian Nicieza, Mark Waid, Joe Kelly, Christopher Priest, Jimmy Palmiotti, Frank Tieri, Gail Simone, Daniel Way and Victor Gischler.
“When artist Scott Koblish proposed this cover layout to me, I thought he was crazy," said Deadpool editor Jordan White, below left. "But it’s the kind of crazy you have to respect. I think there’s no better testament to both his insanity and the amazing cover he and colorist Val Staples produced than an officially recognized world record.”
As Marvel claims, a day many never dreamed would come has finally arrived – and the issue promises to be anything but traditional. For starters, Deadpool’s bride Shiklah is an ancient and royal succubus, sure to make the ceremony one for the ages.
It's not the only time Marvel found itself in the news for record-breaking this week. With its release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the legendary comics again landed on a number of front pages. But in addition to that, Guinness World Records also certified comic illustration legend Ken Bald - whose career included work on Captain America - as the oldest comic book artist. Check out a full Q-and-A with Bald here.
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