Wolverine character is a fictional superhero that is often featured in Comic Books from Marvel Comics. The character is mainly referred to as Logan but was born James Howlett. He is a mutant with enhanced physical capabilities, animal-like senses, healing capability that enables him to recover from virtually any kind of wound or poison, three retracting bone claws on both hands and general ability to withstand common toxins and diseases making him capable to outlive normal human beings. His incredible healing ability made it possible for the supersoldier to bond perfectly with the Weapon X program. The program is actually almost impossible to destroy metal alloy adamantium lodged in his claws as well as skeleton without killing him. Wolverine is often illustrated as an accomplice of Alpha Flight, X-Men and recently the Avengers.
The initial appearance of the character was in The Incredible Hulk #180 and the last appearance was in issue #181 published in November, 1974. The characters were initially invented by Marvel Art Director John Romita, Snr and writer Len Wein. Originally the character was illustrated to be published by Herb Trimpe. Later the character was transformed into the X-Men’s `All, All Different’ category of giant sized X-Men #1 back in May 1975.
The Wolverine character has been revised over time with help of different artists such as: Chris Claremont the X-Man writer; John Byrne the artist cum writer; Frank miller the artist and Claremont also collaborated between September and December 1982 to develop the character further. It was during this period when the cliché ` I’m the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn’t very nice,’ emerged.
The Wolverine was among the numerous anti-authority and tough antiheroes that arose in the famous American culture after the Vietnam War. By the end of 1980s, the characteristics of this comic hero that included readiness to use force as well as brooding nature was used as the standard characters of anti-heroes. The character became increasingly popular in the X-Men franchise.
Wolverine has appeared in independent comic books since 1988 and has also played the role of central character in many X-Men adaptations such as video games, animated television series and the action film sequel of 20th Century Fox X-Men where is illustrated by Hugh Jackman. Back in May 2008, the character was ranked number 1 in Wizard Magazine’s Top 200 Comic Book Characters of All Time. It was also ranked fourth by Empire Magazine as fourth Greatest Comic Book Character. The Fandomania.com ranked Wolverine comics position 21 in their 100 Greatest Fictional Characters. The character was also ranked fourth in IGN’s Top 100 Comic Book Heroes in 2011.
Wolverine Comics character biography
Wolverine was born in 1880s to John and Elizabeth Howlett who were rich farmers residing in Alberta, Canada. His real name was James Howlett. Nonetheless, it happens that Wolverine is an illegitimate son of Howlett’s groundkeeper called Thomas Logan. John Howllet sacks Thomas as a result of the violent behaviors from his other son named Dog. Thomas returns in fury and kills John for sacking him. The young James in turn kills Thomas for killing his father using bone claws that emerge from the back of his hand. This annoys his mother who banishes him. She later commits suicide.
Wolverine’s grandfather sends him away with Rose who is a childhood friend. He develops into manhood in a mining area at Yukon Territory where he adopts the name Logan. He accidentally kills Rose with his claws when at Yukon. This makes him to move away from the civilization to the wilderness where he resides with the wolves. He later returns to civilization where he resides among the Blackfoot Indians. After the demise of his Blackfoot spouse in Sabretooth’s hands, he is welcomed to join the Canadian military. In the World War I. Logan resides in Madipoor prior to finally settling in Japan. He gets married to Itsu and gets a son called Daken.
In World War II, Wolverine works with Captain America as a soldier of fortune. He continues to serve with 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, in D-Day, the CIA and is finally recruited into Team X which is a secret operations team. He is kidnapped when working for Team X and taken to prison where Weapon X uses him as test subject. The unbreakable adamantium is forcibly injected in his bones.