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By Arune Singh
|WWE Superstar CM Punk|
Like many comic book fans, Punk's passion began at a young age, he explained. "My first job was at a comic book store and Larry Hama's G.I. JOE is what got me into comics. It's funny because it's such a well-written book and to start off reading that really set the bar high. I initially read it because I was a fan of the cartoon, the toys and all that, but the comic was so sophisticated, so sleek and so different from the cartoon. Then I discovered comic shops once Gas City [a gas station franchise with attached stores] stopped carrying comic books and I couldn't get my monthly G.I. JOE fix.
"There was a comic shop called All American Comics right near my grandpa's house. I remember being a little kid, hanging out in his old, above ground pool where I'd hang out in the summer, then walk across the street to Brown's Chicken, right near All American. We'd hang out there a lot and eventually I worked there for a lot of years, which is what really got me into comics. You wind up working in a comic shop and you end up reading and collecting everything there is to read and collect."
Transforming passion into a prosperous career also describes how Punk made his way into the world of sports entertainment. "Yeah, absolutely, that's it," he explained. "Three things that have been with me the longest are punk rock, comic books and getting in the ring."
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"I also had this great idea to use secondary colors when I'm a bad guy just like all the Marvel villains use secondary colors. I had an idea to get a Doctor Doom outfit together but I don't know if I could pull off the cloak and the mask [laughs]. I definitely carry myself as a villain when I'm out there, especially working with someone like Rey, who kids see as Spider-Man, I need to carry myself like I am a super villain. Doctor Doom's pretty awesome!"
Something else that's been with the Straight Edge Superstar forever is his aforementioned love for G.I. Joe, as Punk sports an impressive Cobra tattoo on his right shoulder, and he gets to live out a dream working with the legendary Sgt. Slaughter. Slaughter, a WWE Hall of Famer, was famously inserted into the G.I. mythos and became one of the series most popular characters--and Punk's a fan. "To be honest, I think he gets constantly annoyed when I ask him G.I. Joe questions," admitted Punk with a smile. "He tells me it was cool to do but I ask him about doing voiceover work with Don Johnson on the G.I. Joe cartoon and he just looks at me like, 'what're you talking about?' So I'm like, 'never mind' [Laughs]"
|WWE Superstar CM Punk|
The Straight Edge Society also knows who they'd have in their crosshairs, were they to venture from the WWE Universe to the Marvel Universe. "There's a lot of people who need to be taught a lesson," Punk affirmed. "Wolverine absolutely needs to quit smoking. Nick Fury, too--the guy's always got a cigar in his mouth. And, since I hate him, I'd take pleasure in beating Captain America."
With all these heroes in opposition to CM Punk, one has to wonder--is there anyone in the Marvel Universe with whom Punk would welcome a comparison? "I'd like to say no one compares, but also trying to think of someone really I can compare myself to [Laughs]. I'm Captain America without the super soldier serum. I stand up for truth and justice."
Like Captain America, he'd also be willing to take a Marvel hero or two under his wing--something he's doing with WWE rookie Darren Young on Tuesday night's WWE NXT. "I was a fan of the original New Warriors and I liked Speedball. I know what they've done with him now, but I mean the original Speedball character would be a lot of fun for the Straight Edge Society."
And when it comes to Punk's impressive beard, even Marvel's mightiest facial hair--courtesy of Hercules--doesn't stand a chance. "I definitely have the better beard. Hercules has been growing his beard for how long? I grew mine in 3 months and it's awesome."
Even if Marvel's characters might find themselves at odds with CM Punk, the creators sure won't, as Punk is quick to say he's a devoted fan of writers such as Brian Michael Bendis and Ed Brubaker. "I like guys like that," he said. "I was in a comic shop yesterday and I saw PUNISHER NOIR came out--I definitely want that. I read DAREDEVIL NOIR and that was good. I picked up the first two THOR BY JMS TPBS and they were great. I've been reading all the Bendis stuff like DARK AVENGERS and I'm really enjoying THUNDERBOLTS."
The Straight Edge Superstar is also enjoying the build-up to the feature film "Iron Man 2," calling "Iron Man" his favorite Marvel movie yet. And when it comes to potentially appearing in a Marvel film, Punk's game for anything. "If anyone at Marvel Studios wants to cast me in a comic book movie I'll do it justice. I just love this universe. I'll be Hawkeye. I'd even be, I don't know, the Shocker. I'll do whatever it takes."
"I can't wait. There's nothing bigger than WrestleMania."
WrestleMania 26 airs live this Sunday, March 28 on pay-per-view with a special start time of 7 p.m. ET. For more information, visit wm26.wwe.com.
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