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Wolverine Comic The Key Issues
James Howlett - Wolverine
Born James Howlett also known as Logan, Wolverine alongside Spider-man and Batman ranks as one of the most popular and well known comic book characters. Later this year will see another solo movie released, The Wolverine, which will only increase the characters profile even more.
With a skeleton and claws made of unbreakable Adamantium and an increased healing factor which slows down the aging process, Wolverine is virtually indestructible.
Below we will look at what comic books are important in the history of Wolverine and see the books and story lines which have helped make him such a beloved character today.
Incredible Hulk # 180
The idea for Wolverine first came from the creative minds of writer Len Wein and then MARVEL art director John Romita Snr. Wolverine drawn on this occasion by Herb Trimpe, Wolverine is sent to intervene in a battle between the Hulk and the Wendigo and only appears in a cameo role in the last frame of the book, arguments have raged between comic book fans for many years as which book should be classed as the most important, this book or the following issue #181 which features Wolverines first full appearance, in my humble opinion it should be this one, but fans seem to favor #181 and it is #181 that sells for big money.
Incredible Hulk # 181
Classed as the first full appearance of Wolverine, and very very sought afterthis issue can be incredibly expensive, to date the only comic book from the 1970s to sell for over $100,000 with a CGC graded 9.9 Mint copy selling for $150,000 in 2011. Amazing but i suppose this gives us some idea of just how popular Wolverine is with comic book fans.
Giant Size X-Men # 1
The book that revamps the X-Men series and features the new X-Men team including Wolverine for the first time. With Wolverine soon getting into arguments with the old X-Men team the new X-Men would soon be included in the X-Men ongoing comic from issue # 94.
Wolverine Limited Series # 1
Written by Chris Claremont and with artwork by the legendary Frank Miller, Wolverine got his own series with a limited run of just four issues in 1982.
Wolverine Ongoing Series # 1
Wolverine gets his own ongoing series in 1988 written by Chris Claremont. In these adventures Wolverine goes by the name of Patch and is based on the fictional island of Madripoor, these stories are a great fun read.
Uncanny X-Men # 141 / 142
Soon to made into an X-Men movie Wolverine features prominently in the Days of Future Past story line which is told over these two issues.The scene in X-Men Last Stand where fellow X-Man Colossus throws Wolverine at a Sentinel in a training exercise is also loosely based on a section of this story line.
Wolverine Ongoing Series # 10
Over the years Wolverine and his arch enemy have had many classic battles.This one makes a great cover in another battle with his nemesis Sabretooth!
Uncanny X-Men # 118
First appearance of Mariko Yashida who would go on to be the love of Wolverines life. Mariko will feature strongly in the new Wolverine movie set in Japan soon to be released, The Wolverine.
Since Wolverine was first introduced in the 1970s his origins had been shrouded in mystery. This six issue story tells of James Howletts ( Wolverine) early life in 19th century Canada. A lovely well written and illustrated series that also has a nice twist to the tale.