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X-Men: Wolverine

Updated on May 6, 2012

This marks the first part of many more Hubs to come where I go over some of the most popular characters from my favorite comic book series, which was also a big part of my childhood. In this first hub, I will go into great detail to talk about Wolverine. He is one of the most popular comic book characters and probably the most popular X-Man despite the fact that he was originally conceived as simply a mutated animal. At first they heads at Marvel envisioned him a mutated wolverine, which then they went ahead and carried out that look on Sabretooth who turned out to be Wolverine's main rival.

A little known fact is that Wolverine's real name is actually James Howlett and was born in Alberta, Canada in 1882. He was born by rich farm owners where he stayed until reaching manhood and oddly enough when he found his mutation. A man by the name of Thomas, who was a former flame of Elizabeth Howlett, came to the Howlett estate to explain to James that he is his true father. Thomas was in a drunken rage and killed John Howlett when James entered the room. The anger triggered James' mutation where three claws grew out from the back of his hands, with these weapons he attacked Thomas with incredible ferocity. In his rage he killed Thomas and left the mansion to live a life on his own. He took the name "Logan" that many people remember him by in order to conceal his identity as the kid that killed Thomas. He went on throughout his manhood almost never aging. At one point he regained his humanity when he met a beautiful woman in the Canadian Rockies by the name of Silver Fox. The two lived happily together for a long time in a cabin but it all ended on Logan's birthday when Victor Creed (Sabretooth) gave him a birthday gift where he killed Silver Fox. Creed then coerced Logan into attacking another nearby tribe, and Logan did just that. He ended up serving in World War 1 and even World War 2 where he met Captain America.

Creed was and is the biggest enemy in the eyes of Wolverine. Creed had a penchant for constantly making sure Wolverine was unhappy. It started with Silver Fox, and then his second "gift" was when he killed his next wife Itsu while also abducting their son. Shortly after serving in World War 2, Logan was placed on a black ops unit by the CIA which he served with Victor Creed, Maverick, Kestrel, Mastodon and strangely enough Silver Fox. This is also where Creed got his famous nickname, Sabretooth. Creed was a cold man who would frequently sell out his teammate to ensure a successful mission and him staying alive. The group was disbanded however after a botched mission involving one Arkday Gregorvich (to X-Men fans that would be Omega Red). Over the course of their time working for this black ops unit called Team X, they had their minds tampered with in order for their to be more successfully controlled. Shortly after Logan's time in Team X, he was then forcibly thrown into the Weapon X program where his bones were than bonded with adamantium making them unbreakable. This process also messed with his memories even more, making him forgetting his past. Creed was also apart of the program where his abilities were advanced as well.

Logan would eventually join the X-Men shortly after being approached by Dr. Charles Xavier who was looking for fellow mutants to rescue his kidnapped students. He decides to stay with Xavier at his School for Gifted Youngsters with other new recruits such as Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Thunderbird and Banshee. His real motivation for staying was his attraction to Marvel Girl (also known as Jean Grey), however she left as did most of the original members of the X-Men in their pursuit of a normal life. In their absence, Logan became a field commander of such and over time began to share the same ideals as Xavier. He began to hope for a better world where mutants and humans could one day co-exist. He was never named Wolverine up until his time where he joined the X-Men, and as an X-Man he grew a strong friendship with Colossus and Nightcrawler. Wolverine became one of the most trusted members over time and at times was the leader when Cyclops, Storm or even Xavier would be absent. However he had a strong rivalry with Cyclops, mostly because they both loved Jean.

At random times throughout his stay on as an X-Man, his allegiances were tested. One of the bigger moments as to when it was tested is when he and Sabretooth fought in order to be the horseman of death for the world conqueror Apocalypse. Wolverine felt that he had to beat Sabretooth because he believed while unlike Sabretooth, he could beat Apocalypse's mind control where as Sabretooth would have embraced the added power. Wolverine did manage to beat Sabretooth in battle, and became the horseman. He struggled to fight Apocalypse's control which led to him fighting his old comrades. With the help of the X-Men he was able to regain control of himself.

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    • Nightmarephantom profile image

      Nightmarephantom 5 years ago from Columbia, MD

      Gambit next!

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      Nickalooch 5 years ago from Columbia, MD

      I'm glad you both liked it. I wanted to also go into his history with Silver Samurai, but who knows I may re-visit it. As for Gambit, he is for sure on my list. I hope you guys like the next few that I do.

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      khadeejah 5 years ago from Nigeria

      I love your hub,wolverine is my best comic character.I think you should write about Gambit.

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      Saleeln18 5 years ago from Illinois

      Cool hub, I have always loved comics and wolverine is one of my favorite characters. He's the anti-hero with the shadowy past and ferocious present, a really cool character. Good job with the histories.