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Key Wolverine Comic Books

Updated on January 12, 2012
Wolverine is one of the most popular superheroes created by Marvel Comics.
Wolverine is one of the most popular superheroes created by Marvel Comics.

Wolverine is one of the most popular characters created by the Marvel Comics Group.

He has been featured in countless comic books, cartoons, and feature films.

If you are one of the millions of Wolverine fans out there and you collect comic books then you might be interested in picking up a few of the important or key issues that all true fans should own.

Listed below are a few of the key Wolverine comic book issues.

Incredible Hulk #180
Incredible Hulk #180

Incredible Hulk #180 - First Wolverine Appearance (Cameo)

Wolverine appears in comic books for the first time ever in The Incredible Hulk issue #180.

The issue was released in October, 1974.

It is only a short cameo, but still it is the official first appearance of the character Wolverine in comics.

In this issue the Hulk battles a monster called the Wendigo.

At the end while the two mighty monsters are engaged in s forest-clearing epic struggle a metal-clawed stranger appears and says:

"All right, you freaks -- just hold it! If you really want to tangle with someone -- why not try your luck against -- the Wolverine"

The Incredible Hulk #181
The Incredible Hulk #181

Incredible Hulk #181 (First Full Appearance)

Wolverine makes his first full appearance in comic books in The Incredible Hulk #181.

The Issue was released in November, 1974.

It was written by Len Wein and was drawn by Herb Trimpe.

In this issue Wolverine battles both the Incredible Hulk and the Wendigo.

The animated film Hulk vs. Wolverine is based on this issue.

This issue was later reprinted in a one shot special: The Incredible Hulk & Wolverine

Due to it's high demand with Hulk and Wolverine fans alike, collectors can expect to pay a hefty price if they want to own a copy of this title.

Giant Size X-Men #1

Giant Sized X Men #1 is the first appearance of Wolverine as a member of the X-Men.

He is introduced with a slew of new X Men characters including Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, and Thunderbird.

The multiple first appearances as well as the significance this book holds in Wolverine-lore makes this a very sought after comic.

If you want to purchase a copy of this book in decent condition expect to pay hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

But if you are a true Wolverine fan then you will definitely want to get you hands on this key book.

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      Domenick Dicce 

      6 years ago

      There are so many great Wolverine storylines.

      Especially as we learn more about his mysterious past. Weapon X and Origin are the two that stand out the most to me.

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      Mr Tindle 

      6 years ago

      The "Weapon X" story told in Marvel Comics Presents #72-#84 would be key issues revealing part of Logan's past for Wolverine fans.

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      6 years ago

      If only could predict the future of characters. I got The Incredible Hulk #181. Value all relies on the continued interest in Wolverine, but considering he's this generations hero, it should be a cool bet when all these kids who grew up with the movies/comics are rich and 50 years old!

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      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      On another order of ideas, have you ever seen `Scalped` - it`s by Jason Aaron.

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      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Interesting. I never knew Wolverine appeared in a Hulk comic for the first time. I thought he was always somehow tied in with the X-men (more or less).

      I like Wolverine, he`s a loner much like I am. : )

      I enjoyed the read (and learned something new). Cheers!

      P.S. I had to follow someone with Emperor Octavian`s name ...

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      Keith Abt 

      6 years ago from The Garden State

      I let a copy of Hulk #181 slip through my fingers many years ago and I've been kicking myself ever since. I could've gotten it dirt cheap cuz the person who had it knew nothing about comics but unfortunately I lost control when I saw it stuck in the middle of a pile of random comics ("HOLY @#$%!") and gave myself away... haha.

      My vote for key Wolverine comic has gotta be his first solo adventure in the 1982 limited series by Chris Claremont/Frank Miller ...

      cool hub, voted up.


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