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‘Deadpool’ #27 sets Guinness record you didn’t know existed


Readers who have already stopped by their local comic store today may have noticed that the cover of Marvel’s Deadpool #27, the special wedding issue, includes a little something extra: a seal certifying it as a Guinness World Records record holder.

The wraparound cover by Scott Koblish and Val Staples, featuring 232 denizens of the Marvel Universe gathered for Wade Wilson’s wedding, has set the record for the most comic book characters on a single issue cover. Guinness found that 224 of those characters were publicly familiar enough to qualify for the recognition. Alas, there’s no mention of which eight didn’t make the cut.

If that seems like an awfully specific record, that’s because it is. Guinness long ago moved beyond world’s longest fingernails, oldest living person or hours spent sitting atop a flag pole. Now it will certify the size of your comic book, the number of people who contributed to it, the extent of your Smurf collection or how many people dressed up as Superman at your event. (For a price, Guinness will send an adjudicator to instantly verify the record and present the official certificate; that also gets you promotional support, including an article on the book’s website.)

“When artist Scott Koblish proposed this cover layout to me, I thought he was crazy … but it’s the kind of crazy you have to respect,” Deadpool editor Jordan White said in a statement. “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.”




“The wraparound cover by Scott Koblish and Val Staples, featuring 232 denizens of the Marvel Universe gathered for Slade Wilson’s wedding”

Wade Wilson, not Slade Wilson. But it’s an easy mistake to make.

If I were to guess, I’d speculate the (presumed) Marvel editors off in the bottom left corner might make up the eight that got cut.

What book held the record before Deadpool #27? Any covers out there that come pretty close to this record?

“What book held the record before Deadpool #27? Any covers out there that come pretty close to this record?”

Most likely a cover from George Perez, the previous master of this kind of art (craming as many characters in one panel as he could)

Why are all the asgardians at DEADPOOL’S wedding?

I would imagine JLA/Avengers 3 would have the previous record.

The Artist put himself in there as well.

capt usa (jim)

April 9, 2014 at 3:32 pm

I’m surprised that it was this few, I was thinking that a Perez cover for Crisis would have had it. or the Alex Ross cover for the collected edition.

capt usa (jim)

April 9, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Oops, overlooked the “single issue” part.

That mustache has GOTTA be worth a record or two.

Am I searching really bad, or is Kidpool nowhere in the picture?

Wow, really? I mean, good for the artist, but I’m surprised that there’s no tri- or quad-fold cover that hasn’t previously held this record.

I also wonder if Deadpool is the first comic to ever publish a (wink) 900th issue. I remember when they published it a few years ago, and I’m sure it was specifically done to get out before Action Comics #900 was released.


It’s only a record because Marvel submitted it. There are other comics that have more characters on the cover but the publishers never submitted them for a record. If they do, Deadpool would be bumped.

G.I. Joe America’s Elite # 25, 236 characters

Crisis on Infinite Earths Deluxe Edition, 562 characters

I want to buy this cover as a jigsaw puzzle.

Cori McCreery

April 9, 2014 at 5:04 pm

Obviously this does not count collected editions, or it wouldn’t even be close. The collected edition to Crisis on Infinite Earths has at least 500 characters.

There’s got to be some mistake. I think CoIE death of Supergirl or last ish must have more, or JLA/Avengers (was it #3 or 4?).

On second thought, that cover is pretty packed.

haha great cover–The Watcher is there!

I would have imagined the previous holder would have been Crisis on Infinite Earths #7

The death of Supergirl cover.

What?!? JLA/Avengers #3 had way more.

JLA/Avengers has just a little over 200 (206 I think) so wouldn’t have beat it. Guinness would not differentiate between a collected edition like Crisis and any other comic. To any non-comic person, a comic is a comic is a comic regardless of format. Where do you draw the line? Is a comic with a cardstock cover a comic? How thick does the cover have to be to not be a comic? It’s the contents, not the packaging, that makes it a comic. Guinness also only evaluates things like this if people bring it to them. They do not seek out records. Unless DC or IDW submits one of the two with higher counts, Guinness won’t consider them for the record.

Bill Williamson

April 10, 2014 at 9:54 am

@ Scott: Guinness would differentiate. A trade is not a single issue, it’s a collection of several comics. Guinness do like to be that technical. Take this for example. Eight of the 232 characters weren’t recognisable enough for Guinness to count them as part of the record.

OT: The first thing I thought when I saw this cover was ‘Oh shit, Devil Dinosaur’. They really brought out all the big guns for this issue.

Oh my God.

That man needs to win the “Raddest ‘Stache Award”!

Loving it! Plus, this Deadpool run is the true successor to the great Joe Kelly Deadpool run! This one for the books!

Is it a good thing or a bad thing when you can recognize so many of the characters?

i like the pic but has anyone tried naming everyone in the pic? i’m kinda lost on who some of the characters are. i thought i saw 2 wolverines.

Aries, the ‘Wolverine’ that you saw is a character named D-Man who wore a Wolverine style costume.

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