12 Of My Favorite Wolverine Comic Book Covers
Wolverine: A Comic Book Legend
It all started with his first appearance in The Incredible Hulk #180 and his first full appearance in The Incredible Hulk #181. At this point in comic book history the man of mystery known as Wolverine was sent out as an agent of the Canadian government to put an end to the damages being caused by a fight between Wendigo and the Hulk. Later of course Wolverine or Logan as he is also known, would join the X-Men and become the series' most popular character. In fact Wolverine would eventually go on to become one of the most iconic and marketable characters in all of comic book history! Indeed, I think its fair to say that the X-Men franchise itself would not have been able to reach the level of popularity that it has without the Wolverine character. I think a number of things have played into propelling Wolverine into becoming one of the most popular fictional characters ever. Lets start with the obvious. Wolverine's arsenal of superpowers is genius. He has heightened senses to track down the bad guys along with enhanced strength, agility, and an unbreakable adamantium skeleton with retractable claws (bone claws underneath). That's not all though, the most notorious X-Man bleeds and feels pain just like everyone, but he is almost impossible to kill due to an extremely powerful regenerative healing factor. These powers, combined, with a ferocious (even uncontrollable) fighting rage and expert martial arts skills, have made it easy for Wolverine to supply plenty of memorable, action scenes for comic book fans. Another important factor in Wolverine's strong appeal to comic fandom, has been the many twists and turns involved with his character development over the years. Very early on Wolverine was established as the quintessential anti-authority character. He wasn't afraid to go against the leadership of his own team or use lethal force against the bad guys. At the same time though he has shown readers a very human side acting as father figure and mentor to younger mutants like Kitty Pryde and Jubillee. There is also the element of mystery with his character. In the beginning stages of his introduction to comic books he was always a man of mystery. Both his full origins and true identity were not revealed to readers until fairly recently. In his early comic book appearances, Wolverine, himself, only had cloudy memories of his past. This personal struggle of not knowing his past along with a continuous fight for self control against his tendency to succumb to animal-like rages, presented readers with an intriguing character with a lot of depth. On top of all this there is Wolverine's famous catchphrase
"I'm the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn't very nice"
As with any legendary comic book character it's kind of interesting to see how their artistic representation has evolved over the years. Below are 12 of my favorite (in no specific order) Wolverine comic book covers.
Wolverine Helps To Launch New Marvel Series
When the Marvel Comics Presents Series was launched in 1988, Wolverine was an excellent choice to head up the series. These covers for the #1 and #2 issues are classics in my view. Walt Simonson shows us how Wolverine multitasks with a cigar in his mouth. Issue #2 with cover art by Klaus Janson and Alex Saviuk, gives us a close up of Wolverine with his trademark adamantium claws making it picture perfect!
Marvel Comics Presents Wolverine Of Course
Wolverine As 100% Animal
This is another Wolverine cover from the Marvel Comics Presents series. Sam Keith (creator of The Maxx and Zero Girl) provided the unique artwork for this one. I included it as one of my favorite's because it's a great view of Wolverine in full animal mode.
Marvel Comics Presents Harry Ape Wolverine!
Meeting Wolverine In A Dark Alley
Even though we only see Wolverine's shadow, besides his hand and adamantium claws, this cover by John Romita, Jr. still sends a clear message. I would hate to run into Wolverine in a dark alley! I would especially hate to run into Wolverine in a dark alley if I was up to no good! If that character wasn't wearing a mask, I think we would be seeing a look of concern to say the least.
Getting Caught In Wolverine's Shadow May Be Painful!
Wolverine Doesn't Always Play Nice With Other Marvel Legends!
I like this cover because it's a great action shot with one of Marvel's other iconic heroes, Captain America. As more of Wolverine's origin has been revealed, readers found out that Captain America and Wolverine teamed up during the WW II years. They didn't always get along though and neither have they in more recent comic book history as this cover (penciled by Micheal Zeck) illustrates!
Icon vs. Icon: Wolverine vs. Captain America
No Costume, No Problem for Wolverine!
Even though its not the typical Wolverine cover I like it anyway. Wolverine actually looks kind of old in this one and he is wearing street clothes. Nonetheless he looks ready to take on all comers and my bets would still be on him against most opponents!
Pencils were by well known and sometimes controversial artist John Byrne
Wolverine Is Always Ready For Battle, Even Without A Costume
Every great hero needs at least one great villain. For Wolverine, Sabretooth would have to be considered his main arch-rival. Like Wolverine, Sabretooth has a powerful regenerative healing factor and heightened senses. He is also just as agile and somewhat stronger than Wolverine. He doesn't have the blade style adamantium claws that Wolverine is famous for, but he has five razor sharp claws on each finger and razor sharp teeth. Then there is also the fierce rage and expert fighting skills combined with a complete lack of conscience whatsoever. Sabretooth has indeed been a worthy adversary, for Wolverine, over the years. Though boxing fans may never get to see Pacquiao and Mayweather get it on, comic fans have many enjoying plenty of fierce, fighting action between Sabretooth and Wolverine for a long time and there will probably be much more to look forward too!
Woverine vs. Sabretooth: Nuff Said!
Wolverine, Coming Right At Comic Book Fans!
This is a great shot of Wolverine in full battle mode! He looks like he is about ready to slice right out of the page and go after somebody. Pencils were provided by long time Marvel comic artist John Romita, Jr.
Part of Wolverine's Mysterious Past Revealed
As I noted earlier, Wolverine's past was always somewhat of a mystery. For a long time comic fans were left wondering what their favorite mutant's true origins were. Fans were in for a wild ride when part of Wolverine's past (the secret to how he became equipped with an adamantium skeleton) was revealed. This piece of Wolverine's mysterious past was detailed in Marvel Comics Presents #72-#84 , which told about Wolverine's horrendous time in the Weapon X program. Barry Windsor - Smith provided the cover art for issue #79 below.
Wolverine In The Weapon X Program
Wolverine Will Go Up Against Any Marvel Villain!
Although I have seen some harsh criticism of Renato Guedes's work on Wolverine, I definitely view the below cover of Wolverine #20 as one of my favorites. I hadn't picked up any Wolverine comics in quite a long time, but purchased this one just due to the cover alone. Plus it's always interesting to see Wolverine go up against some of the non-mutant villains in the Marvel Universe.
Woverine vs. The Kingpin!
A Classic Cover For Wolverine's First Series!
Gotta love this one. Comic legend, Frank Miller, really did a great job bringing out Wolverine's mischievous side. Our favorite Canadian mutant has that ornery grin, that seems to put out the message that he is going to enjoy giving the bad guys some major pain!
Wolverine Happy To Be In His Very Own First Series!
Hope You Enjoyed These Wolverine Comic Book Covers
Wolverine has always been one of my favorite comic book characters, if not my actual favorite. I know there are many other great Wolverine covers that didn't make this list, but maybe that just means I will have to write another article about some of the other Wolverine art and covers. Anyway be sure to let everyone know what your favorite Wolverine Comic Book cover is in the poll below. Also feel free to give everyone suggestions or links in the comments to other great Wolverine art. Thanks for reading!
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