Wolverine (birth name: James Howlett; alias: Logan and Weapon X) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, mostly in association with the X-Men. He is a mutant who possesses animal-keen senses, enhanced physical capabilities, a powerful regenerative ability known as a healing factor, and three retractable claws in each hand. Wolverine has been depicted variously as a member of the X-Men, Alpha Flight, and the Avengers.

The character appeared in the last panel of The Incredible Hulk #180 before having a larger role in #181 (cover-dated Nov. 1974). He was created by Marvel editor-in-chief Roy Thomas, writer Len Wein, and Marvel art director John Romita Sr. Romita designed the character, although it was first drawn for publication by Herb Trimpe. Wolverine then joined a revamped version of the superhero team the X-Men, where eventually writer Chris Claremont and artist-writer John Byrne would play significant roles in the character’s development. Artist Frank Miller collaborated with Claremont and helped revise the character with a four-part eponymous limited series from September to December 1982, which debuted Wolverine’s catchphrase, “I’m the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn’t very nice.”

The first X-Men comic that he was in was the Giant Size X-Men #1. This is when they gave Wolverine the face mask and such.

The Wolverine was much loved  later down the road, he even got his own comic book. This was only four issues. Then came a six series with Wolverine and Kitty Pryde. There were still many others that he became a part of. This was because he was strong, he had a kick butt attitude, Wolverine was different than most the other comic book heroes that many had come to love.

The original creator Len Wein said that his initial purpose was to have his claws extend from his gloves. He had told fans that he didn’t create mutants, but humans. The concept that Logan also known as the Wolverine being a mutant was decided long after Wein created him. The other intended purpose was to give him a mask. The mask idea was diminished after they found that they have already used the Wolverine unmasked. Then, they were trying to find a way to explain the claws without being a mutant as part of a way to enhance Wolverine’s bones by the Canadian government after they had planned to give him new bones by replacing one bone at a time, and adding the claws as a surprise. This too never came about. These are some things that the avid Wolverine fan might want to know about the famous Wolverine that we love reading about and who saves the day. We all know today that Wolverine’s entire skeleton was covered with an indestructible and very rare metal called Adamantium, making him virtually indestructible.

FIRST APPEARANCES

The character appeared in the last panel of The Incredible Hulk #180 before having a larger role in #181 (cover-dated Nov. 1974). He was created by Marvel editor-in-chief Roy Thomas, writer Len Wein, and Marvel art director John Romita Sr.

Romita designed the character, although it was first drawn for publication by Herb Trimpe. Wolverine then joined a revamped version of the superhero team the X-Men, where eventually writer Chris Claremont and artist-writer John Byrne would play significant roles in the character’s development.

POWER and ABILITIES

Wolverine’s primary mutant power is an accelerated healing process, typically referred to as his mutant healing factor, that regenerates damaged or destroyed tissues of his body far beyond that of normal humans. In addition to accelerated healing of physical traumas, Wolverine’s healing factor makes him extraordinarily resistant to diseases, drugs and toxins. Wolverine’s mutation also consists of animal-like adaptations of his body, including pronounced, and sharp fang-like canines and three retractable claws housed within each forearm. While originally depicted as bionic implants created by the Weapon X program, the claws are later revealed to be a natural part of his body.

ORIGIN STORY

Wolverine was born as James Howlett in northern Alberta, Canada, (approximately near Cold Lake) during the late 19th century, purportedly to rich farm owners John and Elizabeth Howlett, though he is actually the illegitimate son of the Howletts’ groundskeeper, Thomas Logan. As a member of Team X, Logan is given false memory implants. Eventually breaking free of this mental control, he joins the Canadian Defense Ministry. Logan is subsequently kidnapped by the Weapon X program, where he remains captive and experimented on, until he escapes. It is during his imprisonment by Weapon X that he has adamantium forcibly fused onto his bones.

ENEMIES & ROGUES

Wolverine has many different enemies, including Sabretooth, Magneto, The Incredible Hulk, Omega Red, and the Brotherhood of Mutants.

ALLIES

Canadian Army First Special Service Force, OSS, X-Men, Avengers, Avengers Unity Squad, Alpha Flight, New Avengers, New Fantastic Four, Savage Avengers, Weapon X, X-Force

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