Legendary Creator of Deadpool, X-Force, Cable
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Rob Liefeld is a Legendary Comicbook Creator, Writer and Author, best known as the creator of everyone's favorite Merc With A Mouth, Marvel's "Deadpool". His 30 year career spans work on many of the industry's top-tier comic franchises from both Marvel and DC including the X-Men, Captain America, The Avengers, Spiderman, X-Force, Teen Titans and Hawkman. His big break came in 1991 when Marvel handed him the reigns of the ailing New Mutants Franchise. He created dozens of new characters including Domino, Shatterstar, Stryfe, Wildside and Warpath to name just a few but it was his creation of Deadpool, first seen in New Mutants #98, that changed it all and reinvigorated the franchise. Deadpool, along with one of Liefeld's other popular creations, Cable, spun off when Liefeld created X-Force. X-Force #1 quickly became a runaway hit selling million copies in the US alone and still stands as the number #2 highest selling comic book issue of all time.
In 2016, Fox and Marvel Studios released Deadpool, the movie with Ryan Reynolds starring as the titular antihero. It quickly became the highest grossing R RATED movie in Worldwide History with over $780million. It was followed up in 2018 with Deadpool 2 which saw Josh Brolin star as Liefeld's Cable and quickly grossed a further $780million dollars meaning the franchise grossed over $1.5billion dollars in 3 years.
Liefeld not only helped Marvel back to the top of the sales charts, he forged a whole new path unseen before in the industry. In 1996, Liefeld left Marvel alongside 6 other notable comic book creators including Jim Lee and Todd Mcfarlane, creating IMAGE COMICS. They quickly became the number one independent label in comic book history. Liefeld's own IMAGE offshoot, Extreme Studios created many successful publications such as Avengelyne, Prophet, Bloodstrike, Briagde, Glory and Supreme but it was his own creation Youngblood, that shattered all expectations and sales records with over 1 million copies sold. Liefeld's unique style resonated with Comic book fans selling huge numbers. IMAGE was the top studio in the comics field worldwide, their family of titles second only to X-Men with a 5.78 market share according to Market Reports.
2019 saw Liefeld return to Marvel with a brand new creation, Major X. The series released in April quickly became a hot title, selling out multiple runs of issues before they were even released. His books, Prophet and Shrink, are both in production at Sony Pictures and his new Graphic Novel, Deadpool: Badder Blood, a follow up to 2017's #1 selling Deadpool: Bad Blood, is due in 2020.