In the just-released WWE SUPERSTARS #2 “Haze of Glory” trade paperback, co-created by Mick Foley and Shane Riches, and illustrated by Puste, a major character bids the WWE Universe a fond farewell, as he moves on to write comics for a major publisher. While this particular superstar appeared in the first eight issues of the WWE SUPERSTARS comicbook series in a major role, he unfortunately will not be appearing again in the ongoing WWE SUPERSTARS series. In fact, once the first eight issues and first two trade paperbacks go out of print, they will never again go back into print with that superstar in it—the stories will be rewritten and redrawn to feature other WWE Superstars still with the WWE. Whether or not that makes the first printings of these comics collectors’ items is something the fans will decide.
But while one superstar exits, many more will be appearing in “Legends.” WWESUPERSTARS #9, still available, launched the new 4-part storyline entitled “Legends,” which features such dream matches as Hulk Hogan vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Daniel Bryan vs. the Iron Sheik, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper vs. “Bad News” Barret, Undertaker vs. Sgt. Slaughter, and more! Not only are all these dream matches taking place outside of the ring, they’re taking place on such wild places as an ancient Roman gladiators’ arena, a pirate ship, on Easter Island, and on Mars. Over 60 superstars will ultimately appear in this 4-part epic, co-created by Mick Foley and Shane Riches, and drawn by Paris Cullins.
If you follow wrestling and comics at all, you know that the major character is CM Punk, who quit the WWE for reals last year and is doing other stuff now, like joining the UFC (good luck with that) and writing comics. Mr. McMahon is known for draconian tactics and redrawing a comic book to remove references to a departed worker certainly qualifies.
When the first run of WWE Superstars came out last year I had the chance to interview Mick Foley about it, and Punk was a featured player. The book tself was totally weird and crazy, and I guess this just adds to the legend.
In the spirit of collector’s items, here are some never to be seen again images of the days when CM Punk appeared in WWE Seperstars…never to be seen again.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.