Deadpool - Presidential Primaries

Deadpool - Presidential Primaries: FDR

Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn and Tony Moore break down the battle between Wade Wilson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt!

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Deadpool #1 preview art by Tony Moore

By Alex Zalben

All right, fight fans, ready for a battle of executive proportions?

Hopefully Wade Wilson will be, as he kicks off his battle against the evil, undead Presidents of the United States in the brand new DEADPOOL #1, on sale November 7.

In the first issue, it’s the Merc With The Mouth vs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the U.S. We chatted with creators—and amateur fight announcers—Brian “Closin’ Time” Posehn, Gerry “Grave” Duggan and “Bony” Tony Moore to handicap the fight, give the tale of the tape on FDR, and find out just what Deadpool’s gotta do to save us all.

Nickname

Gerry Duggan: He’s “Wheely Dangerous.”

Brian Posehn: “Rolling Thunder.” See? Because he’s in a wheel chair. That’s why he’s called “Rolling Thunder.”

Tony Moore: “Hell on Wheels”? Because he’s a possessed monster...in a wheelchair. There’s got to be a more intelligent joke in there somewhere, maybe “The Arsenal of Democracy”? Which is what he’d call his arms?

Deadpool #1 preview art by Tony Moore

Catchphrase

Brian Posehn: “He’s going to be beat Deadpool so bad he’ll wish he had polio.”

Gerry Duggan: “You’ll need a real shot in the arm to face FDR. A shot of the polio vaccine.”

Brian Posehn: “There’s not a vaccine on the planet that can stop FDR.”

Tony Moore: Really, no “New Deal” jokes in there anywhere? Maybe you’re right. I’ve got nothing either.

Strengths

Brian Posehn: I think all the old presidents are tough old bastards. They’re way tougher than George W. Bush would be if he was dead.

Gerry Duggan: Unless you were brush. He could really clear you very well. He was like the Godzilla of brush-clearing. We should probably not print any of that.

Tony Moore: He’s our only three-term president, so maybe he’ll last one more round than he has a right to.

Weaknesses

Deadpool #1 preview art by Tony Moore

Brian Posehn: The key to fighting a guy in a wheelchair is to make him immobile. Grab a stick, grab a katana, and stick it in his wheel. Then you pound on him. It’s stick and move.

What baggage does FDR bring to this fight? What’s his history, and what should we be looking for?

Gerry Duggan: Maybe it’d be nice for him to finish a fight. He left World War II before it finished. Let’s say that staying power might be a question mark; Truman had to tag in and finish that big fight. Look for durability and stamina as question marks for Mr. Roosevelt.

What’s Deadpool got to do to win? What's his ideal strategy here, and what's going to hold him back?

Gerry Duggan: Here’s the thing, we’ve never seen a ghost in a wheelchair before. It would be very easy to underestimate him. I’m excited that we’re bringing something new to this genre. That’s the danger. Deadpool could, at first glance, get overconfident that this guy is already half dead.

Tony Moore: Yeah, I mean just because the dude’s on wheels doesn’t mean he couldn’t be dangerous. Monster trucks have wheels, and so do a lot of robots.

Odds of Winning

Gerry Duggan: Well, that’s the question. FDR beat up Hitler. Let’s not discount him. Let’s say that the odds are in Deadpool’s favor, but only by two to one.

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