After a 434-day tenure as the longest-reigning WWE Champion of the modern era and a departure from the world of pro wrestling, CM Punk has settled into two careers that don't usually go together: Training as an MMA fighter for his debut in UFC, and writing comic books. This week, he makes his debut at Vertigo in the pages of Strange Sports Stories #3, alongside artist Andy MacDonald, for "The Most Cursed," an eight-pager about a baseball team plagued by the supernatural.
To find out more, we spoke to Punk about the influences on his comics writing, balancing training with writing, and why deadlines are worse than being punched in the face.
If either of them ever come back to the squared circle any time soon, former WWE superstars CM Punk (a.k.a. Phil Brooks) and Dave Bautista may have to tussle over ownership of Drax the Destroyer.
Marvel announced at C2E2 in Punk's hometown of Chicago this weekend that he is the co-writer of a new Drax ongoing series set to debut late this year. (Bautista played the character in last summer's Guardians of the Galaxy movie.) The publisher unveiled an Ed McGuinness-drawn cover to the first issue, but hasn't yet named the artist for the series, nor Punk's co-writer.
Since his well-publicized walk-out from WWE the night after last year's Royal Rumble event, there's really only been one place where fans were sure they could see former WWE Champion CM Punk: Comics. Not only was it recently announced that he'd be writing for both Marvel and Vertigo, but until the story caught up with his real-life departure from the company, he was a regular character in WWE Superstars, the truly bizarre, nominally wrestling-themed comic being published by Papercutz. Now, it seems that is no longer the case.
As reported by WrestlingInc.com, WWE is removing Punk from the comic for all future printings, presumably replacing him with a different character in what has to be one of the weirdest retcons of all time.
If you're a fan of the King of Sports, professional wrestling, then you may have wondered what CM Punk has been up to since he left the WWE the day after last January's Royal Rumble. Punk, occasionally known outside the ring as Phil Brooks, has been quiet about his plans for the future, but this week it was announced that he'll be writing a story for February's Thor Annual #1, with art by Chew's Rob Guillory, who will also be making his debut at Marvel.
Look, everybody: If you announce that you're doing a WWE comic that's written by my all-time favorite wrestler, Mick Foley, then I'm already going to buy it. You don't need to add anything else, like, say, a cover that's an homage to Fantastic Four #51's classic "This Man, This Monster" featuring CM Punk in the role of the ever-lovin' blue-eyed Thing. That's just going over the top. And yet, that's exactly what the folks at Papercutz have done for their upcoming series, and it's not the only one.
Check out the variant covers for WWE #1 below, featuring pretty awesome stuff like Dean Haspiel doing an homage to Jack Kirby's Captain America vs. Daredevil art from Daredevil #43, but with Kane and Triple H. It's everything I've ever wanted.
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