imagine if you met someone on tumblr and then randomly fell in love with them and skyped for hours on end and finally met them and then after a few years you would get married and have 2 kids named after fictional characters and a house lined with books and boxsets and momentos from all the conventions you attended together and it would all be because you decided to start a dumb blog on tumblr.com
So Deadpool was a character created by Rob Liefeld to parody Deathstroke (Slade) and the parody became about 100 times more popular than the original character. And now Rob Liefeld is working on the comic about he character he used to parody because it was selling so bad.
The Irony could be sliced with a knife.
Actually Liefeld got put on Deathstroke because he completely and utterly DESTROYED any fanbase that Hawk and Dove had in seven issues so that got canceled, not because of the Deathstroke fanbase/sale numbers. Seeing as the only reason he still has a job at DC is because he evidently knows where all of Jim Lee’s skeletons are buried he continues to just ride that horse as hard as he can. The man had one good idea, which wasn’t even that good in my opinion, and everything since then has been shit. He’s essentially got on Deathstroke by going, “Hey Jim remember that time in Thailand in the 90s back when people still thought my artwork and storytelling was innovative? Yeah calling that favor in or those photos go public bro!” He made a character named Forearm for fuck sakes whose power was having four fucking arms.