Wolverine :- A long-lived mutant with the rage of a beast and the soul of a Samurai, James “Logan” Howlett’s once mysterious past is filled with blood, war and betrayal. Possessing an accelerated healing factor, keenly enhanced senses and bone claws in each hand (along with his skeleton) that are coated in adamantium; Wolverine is, without question, the ultimate weapon.
The man who would be known as the superhero named Wolverine was born as James Howlett in the mid 1880s in Alberta, Canada. He was the second and sickly child to Elizabeth and John Howlett Sr. His mother was ill and, in the early 1900s, a young Irish girl named Rose O’Hara was brought to the Howlett estate to be a friend and a caretaker to young James. Together they befriended a young boy named Dog, son of the grounds keeper, Thomas Logan. Dog tried to form a normal bond between the two, but due to his father’s resentment and drunken abuse, he grew to resent his station in life; so much so that one day he makes undue advances on Rose,
which are reported by young James to his father. This whole chain of events leads to Thomas Logan being sacked from his position as groundskeeper, following which he goes seeking for Elizabeth Howlett, trying to convince her to leave with him. This leads to an altercation that results in the death of John Howlett. The shock of seeing his father murdered in front of him leads to the manifestation of young. James’ powers and he stabs Thomas with his newly drawn claws, also slashing Dog across the face before fainting. He and Rose flee the house and make their way through the harsh. Canadian wilderness with James near-catatonic and Rose having to facilitate their transportation, while Dog tells the police that Rose was the killer.
They arrive at a mine where Rose gives false names, calling James incorrectly as “Logan.” The other workers dub the revived Logan “the wolverine” because of his penchant for tenaciously digging and begin to accept him as one of their own due to his incredible work ethic. What they don’t know is that by night, he runs in the wild with a pack of wolves that he is cowed the alpha of. Dog arrives one day, having survived his encounter years ago, still holding a massive grudge against Logan. Logan recognizes his erstwhile friend and accepts his challenge to a brawl to the death. Before Logan can kill Dog, however, Rose tries to pull him away and is inadvertently stabbed through the chest, killing her and leaving Logan to mourn alone.
Wolverine was created by Roy Thomas, Len Wein and John Romita, Sr.. Although Herb Trimpe drew the issues Wolverine first appeared in (a cameo on the last page) in The Incredible Hulk issue 180 (1974) and first fully appeared in The Incredible Hulk Vol. 1 issue 181 (1974), he is not acknowledged as an “official” co-creator from Marvel. At the time of his creation, comics were becoming increasingly popular in Canada and Roy Thomas, Marvel’s then Editor-in-Chief, suggested to Len Wein to create a Canadian character to put in the Hulk comic he was working on called Wolverine.
The two of them ironed out details and based details of their new character around the characteristics of the Wolverine. John Romita, Sr. was then brought on to design the character, once again using the animal as the basis for the character, making him short and stocky and introducing claws to both the character and in the motif of his costume. Wolverine was first drawn for publication by Herb Trimpe. Wolverine’s mask was drawn incorrectly by Gil Kane for the cover of Giant-Size X-Men #1, but Dave Cockrum, who penciled the comic, liked it so much that he incorporated it into his own artwork for the actual story and was the first to draw Wolverine unmasked.
Early Years of Wolverine
In 1910, Logan traveled to another frontier community in the Canadian Rockies and met a young Blackfoot woman named Silver Fox, with whom he falls in love. She reciprocates, and the two share a cabin together in the woods and live happily for a time. In late May, when Logan believed his birthday to be, Sabretooth tracks and murders Silver Fox after seeing her and Wolverine together, envious that Logan had found a measure of peace. Upon discovering the gruesome scene, Wolverine flew into a rage and battles Sabretooth, but couldn’t best his counterpart, who was able to keep his cool.
Sabretooth and a mysterious cloaked figure then manipulated the feral, mindless Logan to slaughter the inhabitants of the town he had been living in at the time.
Later, employed by The Hudson’s Bay Company as a fur trader to the Blackfoot Indians, he defeated the demonic snake-worm known as Uncegila, a feat which earned him the Blackfoot warrior name of “Skunk-Bear.” A broad, largely unseen conspiracy then began to shape Logan, robbed of his conscience and free will, into the perfect killer. Wherever Logan went, Sabretooth or one of his handlers, was not far behind.
World War I
In 1914, Logan joined the Canadian Army to fight during The Great War. During a battle in Belgium on April 22, 1915, Logan encountered Lazaer (anagram of Azrael, the Angel of Death) for the first time and a fight ensued. Lazaer got the upper hand and impaled Wolverine with his sword, but Logan pulled the sword from his body, and impaled Lazaer to defeat him. Since then, every time Logan has had a near death experience, he has had to battle Lazaer so that he is able to return back to the realm of the living and use his advanced healing factor to return to health.
When the authorities became aware of Logan’s abilities, he was assigned to a special unit of the Canadian military, The Devil’s Brigade, tasked with the most suicidal missions in the war under the command of the super-humanly strong Silas Burr (who later became the mercenary Cyber). After a falling out, Cyber murdered Logan’s girlfriend and during the confrontation Logan was severely beaten and one of his eyes was removed, but he was able to escape. Cyber and Sabretooth tracked him at the bidding of Romulus and returned him to the squad where he was assigned to Madripoor.
Post-World War I
After a stint in the small nation, Logan traveled to China where he turned down an offer from the warlord Ogun to instruct him in the Art of War. But Logan was a man ever on the move, this time finding himself in South America where he ran across Mystique for the first time. The two of them were going to be executed by firing squad, but escaped using their abilities and formed a small criminal syndicate. Wolverine and Mystique became romantically involved, but the relationship was short lived as Logan reported on their criminal doings to the police, thus sending the syndicate to prison and returning to Canada to take part in the Weapon X program.
World War II
During World War II, Logan teamed up with Captain America and Bucky Barnes in Madripoor. The two were unaware of his mutation, believing him to merely be extraordinarily lucky, and dubbed him “Lucky James.” One of their first significant missions was to rescue Natasha Romanova, a young child at the time, from being brainwashed into an assassin by The Hand. Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker was also implicated, causing Cap and Bucky’s attention to shift to the fascist HYDRA organization. During this time, Seraph,
guardian of Madripoor and another ex-lover of Wolverine, was killed by Sabretooth, presumably under the orders of a strange entity called Romulus. But whom he was would not be revealed until years later. Logan decided to officially get involved in the war and enlisted in the Armed Forces, joining the First Canadian Parachute Battalion. It was with this battalion that he first encountered Bloodscream, an immortal being with vampire-like qualities and powers. He fought in various missions, already soon making a name for himself as one of the best soldiers in the division. He ended his stint living in Japan and possibly training as a samurai.
After the War
After WWII, Logan returned to Japan, having remembered Ogun’s offer to train him. Logan would soon develop a deep love of Japan, particularly samurai culture and code of Bushido, that would stand the test of time. His training complete, he journeyed across the nation until he met the beautiful Itsu, with whom he started a family. But Logan’s destiny was never one of peace, and after he accidentally killed a man during a disaster, he returned home to find Itsu dead and the child they conceived stolen by Romulus. Logan had nothing left in Japan and returned to Canada to once again join with Weapon X. It was then that he gained his trademark adamantium skeleton, but also lost his memory due to the trauma of the experiment before joining Alpha Flight and taking on the Hulk for the first time.
After his military duty and his return from Japan and his training there, Logan applied for the job of Special Agent for an American underground government organization. With extreme coincidence, Logan’s mortal enemy Sabretooth turned out to have applied for the same ‘job’. A fight erupted in the offices of the organization, but both were subdued. At this time it turned out, it was not just a normal organization where the two had come to. They were both given a memory wipe and had false memories implanted. All except for Logan’s time in Japan was a complete mystery to him, and Logan had no recollection of his former feud with Sabretooth. He fought on various missions together with teammates Maverick and John Wraith. It was during one of these missions that Logan first met and fought Omega Red.
False memories were given to Logan and his teammates after most missions, so they would not, or only partly remember what they had done or what their objective had been. After some time, Sabretooth’s brutal ways became an eyesore to the other team members and it was not before long that the team had an internal conflict, resulting in a breakup of the team and Sabretooth leaving. Logan’s missions for Team X seemed done, but his long road of suffering would just be at the beginning.
Major Story Arcs
For full arc summary see: Weapon X After all of Logan’s missions with Team X, a few heads turned with interest to Logan. During some point in his career as a special operative, Logan was kidnapped by agents of the Weapon X (or Plus) Program, a joint U.S./Canadian program. He was taken to a facility in the Canadian woods where he was examined by Professor Thorton, Dr. Abraham Cornelius, and Carol Hines. The Professor learned that Logan possessed a mutant healing factor and would be able to sustain the installation of Adamantium onto his bones, as the procedure would kill any other person. In this, they attempted to build the perfect living weapon.
The procedure was performed, and Logan now had a skeleton completely laced with the hard metal. This included his claws, which were now razor sharp claws that could cut through anything. During his time with Weapon X, Logan was heavily sedated and controlled through a helmet, giving him false memories and turned him into sort of a puppet for the Program. He was even forced to kill an entire town, wanting to test if Logan would do any assignment. His abilities were put to the test. Eventually, Logan was able to resist the mind-control and broke free from the facility (with help from the Winter Soldier). Enraged and more beast then man, he killed nearly anyone who stood in his way. That is except for Professor Cornelius, Hines, and Malcolm Colcord. These persons would all spell more trouble for Logan while the years went by.
After his escape from the Weapon X program, Logan spent months in the Canadian wilderness until he was found by James Hudson (aka Guardian) and Heather Hudson (aka Vindicator). The two of them were scientist and super-powered humans who worked for a division of the Canadian Government named Department H. Logan was soon brought back to good mental health,
and also started working for the government (not remembering much of his time in Weapon X or what happened before that period). He participated in a few missions for Department H and was even given a costume and secret identity; the Wolverine. Logan’s most prominent mission was when he was asked to locate, and subdue the incredible Hulk. The Hulk was spotted in a Canadian forest, and Wolverine seemed to be the best operative to engage the “Green Goliath”. He was dropped into the mission zone by Department H and soon found the Hulk, who at the time was fighting the Wendigo.
Wolverine, knowing it would be difficult to fight against both of them, first pretended to team up with. The Hulk against the Wendigo, but turned on him the moment they defeated the creature. Logan started a brutal fight against the Green giant, and fought for a long period of time, but the two seemed evenly matched. When it took too long, Wolverine was told to abort the mission and return to the helicopter, his ride back to Department H. During this time, Professor Charles Xavier found out about Wolverine being a mutant and started to watch him more closely.
Wolverine in the X-Men
Wolverine first came into contact with the X-Men when Professor Xavier contacted the Canadian government to arrange a personal introduction. Knowing full well that Department H was exploiting Logan for their own purposes and that there was friction between Wolverine and his superiors, Professor X offered Wolverine a position with the X-Men on the spot. The Department official objected but Logan lashed out at him and accepted Xavier’s offer to join his school and team. Unbeknownst to Logan, he had been released from the Department intentionally with implanted subliminal orders to assassinate Professor Xavier. Xavier was fully aware of this, however, and simply removed the implanted suggestion from Logan’s mind. He promised to help Logan with his memory loss in exchange for his enrollment on the X-Men roster.
Logan joined simultaneously with a number of new X-Men from across the globe, including Nightcrawler, Banshee, Storm, Sunfire, Thunderbird, and Colossus. Scott Summers (aka Cyclops) was already established as the leader of the team, but Logan caused immediate problems in their working relationship by bucking his authority and questioning his leadership of the team. The mission for which Logan and his fellow team members were recruited was an attempt to save the original X-Men team from the living island of Krakoa. Following the successful mission,
Logan (as well as many of the other new X-men) clashed with the original X-Men. In one such instance, Warren Worthington III (aka Angel) noticed Logan flirting with X-Man Jean Grey out in the yard. Feeling that Logan was out of line, a fight between the two X-Men almost ensued but Jean intervened. This was the beginning of a longstanding romantic tension between Logan and Jean Grey, although she remained in a committed relationship with Cyclops until her untimely death. Despite this tension with Logan, Jean and Cyclops were the only two original X-Men to remain with the team immediately after.
Further Adventures & Marriage?
After Phoenix had died, hope came back to the X-Men and Wolverine in the form of young Kitty Pryde. An uptown girl with the mutant ability to phase through any solid matter. As time went on, Wolverine became somewhat of a mentor to her, although she first found him to be scary. Cyclops returned during this time, with a new girlfriend named Madelyne Pryor and took leadership of the X-Men once again.
Logan and the X-Men soon found themselves in more trouble when space-pirates named the Starjammers (whom they had encountered during their mission against the Shi’ar) asked for their help. The team went into outer space to help, but where captured by the alien race known as the Brood. Some of the X-Men, including Wolverine, where implanted by a Brood egg, which would change it’s host into another Brood. Logan managed to break free from captivity and his healing factor prevented the egg from hatching and killed the creature inside him.
After the X-Men defeated the Brood, they managed to return home once again. Only problem was that they had remained in space for a long time. During this time, Xavier thought the X-Men to be dead. Xavier, (whom himself also got infected with a Brood egg by a Brood whom had traveled to earth) assembled a new team of mutants calling them ‘the New Mutants’. When the X-Men returned,
they found strange people living inside their home, and a fight erupted until they found out that it where the New Mutants and that they where no longer the youngest team of X-Men. The Brood Xavier had however hatched by this time, and though the X-Men and the New Mutants. They did defeat it, but the transformation to Brood and back took its toll on Xavier, he became very sick. Wolverine needed to get away for a while, so he decided to take a trip to the Canadian mountains.
Wolverine in Australia
Right after Wolverine’s mission in Texas, they fought a criminal group of cyborgs called the Reavers out of their base, a deserted Australian desert town and made it their own headquarters. On top of a mountain near the village was an Aboriginal mutant named Gateway, whom teleported the X-Men to where ever they wanted to go. They had various missions, including a second encounter against the Brood and the team uncovered the horrible truth about mutants that were used as slaves on the island nation of Genosha. After this the events of Inferno took place. The leader behind the Marauders, Mister Sinister made himself known. He turned out be to be the creator of Madelyne, who was a clone of Jean Grey. Through mind-control and Madelyne’s sincere anger towards Cyclops for leaving her and her baby, she became the evil Goblin Queen.
Although Logan tried to reason with Madelyne, the battle that followed left Madelyne dead, and the X-Men feeling defeated. Logan however did find out that Jean Grey, whom was believed dead for many years, was alive and working with X-Factor from the beginning. Upon completion of a mission the X-Men teleported to their headquarters but unbeknownst to everybody, a girl named Jubilee followed Wolverine into the portal and remained hidden in their headquarters for some time.
Feeling lost and wanting to quit the lives they once led, the X-Men all went through a portal that erased their memories and scattered them around the earth. All except for Wolverine. He was attacked by the returned Reavers group whom tried to reclaim their base. Being the only X-Men member left, Logan was defeated, nailed to a cross and left for dead. It was not until then that Jubilee made herself known. She rescued Logan by helping him off the iron X-shaped cross and they fled.
With Jubilee as his only companion, Logan sets out in search of the other X-Men. He did so with his undercover identity and alias known as “Patch”. The first X-(wo)man he found was Psylocke. But not the British Psylocke that Logan knew, for now she had been transformed into an Asian ninja by the cult known as the Hand. Logan helped her get rid of the Hand’s influence, and although she did regain her own consciousness, she remained more aggressive then before and kept her Asian looks.
Agent of Hydra & Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Wolverine is ambushed and attacked by the triumvirate comprising: the ninja group the Hand, the criminal organization Hydra, and a mutant cult called “Dawn of the White Light” (then led by Gorgon). He is then killed, resurrected by the Hand and reprogrammed by Hydra, where he is transformed into a killing machine and fitted with several upgrades.
House of M For full arc summary see:
As a result of House of M, all of Wolverine’s memories are restored and he is able to distinguish what memories were implanted by Weapon X and what were real. As a result of the sudden return of Wolverine’s memories, panic risen between the major powers and government across the world due to their involvement in Wolverine’s past. The United States and Canada purge all of the records showing that Wolverine was
involved in their work in case he had a plan of revenge upon them. Their fears are proven when Wolverine visits Japan in search of knowledge of the mysterious sword called the Muramasa Blade. While in Japan, Wolverine seeks out the Silver Samurai, who is the bodyguard of Japan’s prime minister. After they battle each other and Wolverine beats Silver Samurai by cutting off his hand, he explains that Wolverine did not escape the Weapon X program by himself as Bucky, Captain America’s partner known as the Winter Soldier, helped him break free. Wolverine travels to Serbia to find and confront Bucky, where he comes across the site of the original Weapon X program. While there, he clashes with Captain America regarding his search for Bucky.
After defeating Captain America, Wolverine locates Bucky and it is revealed that Bucky murdered Wolverine’s unknown pregnant wife, Itsu. Wolverine then recalls the time he had with Itsu. After Wolverine completed his training with Ogun, Wolverine was sent to another village, where another samurai master known as Bando Saburo taught young warriors how to regain their humanity. While there, he met and fell in love with Itsu and they were soon married and even conceived a child together. Suburo’s village was surrounded by mountains which belonged to the demon sword-smith named Muramasa. When Bucky murdered Itsu, Wolverine believed that the people of the village were responsible for her death. To get revenge against the people, Wolverine joined forces with Muramasa who then made the Muramasa Blade, the only weapon capable of killing Wolverine.
After remembering what transpired, Wolverine returns to Muramasa’s mountains to find and reclaim. The Muramasa Blade to excite vengeance on those who were responsible for manipulating him nearly his whole life. While Wolverine is searching for those responsible for the horrors in his past. He encounters Nuke, who has been sent to stop Wolverine. Wolverine feels guilty for taking down Nuke as her remembers that he is partially responsible for Nuke’s creation as he was part of the reason he was created in the first place.
He battles Nuke in the jungles of South Vietnam with the aid of Captain America and Cyclops, Emma Frost and Hellion of the X-Men. After defeating Nuke, Emma reveals to Wolverine that she had visions of Wolverine’s previously unrevealed son, Daken. Wolverine explains that Daken is under the control of the same men that controlled Wolverine previously. He gives Cyclops the Muramasa Blade and tells him to kill him if he should come under the control of another again. Wolverine sets out in search of his son in hopes of rescuing him from the clutches of the men who once controlled him.
Joining the New Avengers
Wolverine is on a mission in the Savage Land and this is where he meets, rather violently, the New Avengers who have recently reformed. Iron Man requests that Wolverine be given a membership within the team because he is “willing to cross the line to get the job done”. After the events of Avengers Disassembled, Iron Man realizes that the team needs someone who is prepared to kill, should anything like what had happened with the Scarlet Witch ever occur again. Wolverine agrees to work within the team and serves alongside Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man and Luke Cage.
Loss of Healing Factor
As Logan goes to grab a cup of coffee, he encounters a an intelligent, sentient virus from the Microverse. This virus is trying to take control of the world to ensure it’s survival. They possess some S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in order to take a hellecarrier in order to do so. Wolverine infiltrates the hellecarrier to stop them. Once the virus realizes Logan will succeed they possess him and shut down his healing factor. Despite this Logan stops them but he is left without his healing factor for good. Now Kill-able Logan has to face hi mortality, and isn’t taking it easily. He then goes to back to Canada to face Sabretooth and his faction of Hand ninjas along with other enemies of his including Mystique and the new Silver Samurai.
trapped in a mall with Kitty Pryde and civilians, Logan encounters Creed and suffers a crushing defeat. Wolverine still learning to deal with life without his healing leaves the X-men and Avengers to go undercover. Leading his former allies to believe he has gone rogue. Wolverine is undercover working for a man called Offer who is looking to find. An ancient artifact that can alter reality to make Sabretooth an offer he cannot refuse. Sabretooth is also on the hunt for this artifact to change the world to his liking. A primitive society where it is survival of the fittest. Logan cover is blown when he needs to be healed after suffering another loss at the hands of Creed. While the rest the team that was working under Offer is captured, Logan sets out to rescue them and stop Sabretooth. Wolverine succeeds and gets redemption by defeating his nemesis.
Death of Wolverine
Wolverine still without his healing factor consults Reed Richards to find a way to restore it. Reed responds saying he needs more time. Even with this news Logan goes to Canada to invite all mercenaries and assassins, who have taken the job to bring him in, to fight him there. Nuke and his team go to capture Wolverine only for his team to get killed and himself severely beat. Wolverine agrees to let Nuke live if he warns anyone else they will die if they come after him or anyone he cares for and the name of the person with the bounty on his head. Nuke reveals it was Viper who called the bounty, so Logan goes to Madripoor to see her himself. Upon arriving he finds that Sabretooth is there as Viper’s lap dog and they begin to fight.
Viper reveals she is not the one who wants Logan but that she was hired to capture him. Viper escapes an Logan is rescued by Lady Deathstrike right before Creed finishes him off. Lady Deathstrike reveals that Logan isn’t the only one being hunted, and that it is members of the. Weapon X program who have healing factors. She offers Wolverine to team up, but once she realizes Logan isn’t healing she changes her mind and decided to capture Logan herself and bargain for her own life..
Just before the fight can happen Logan is saved by Kitty Pryde. Upon reaching Japan, Wolverine discovers Kitty is possessed by their former master Ogun. After a brief fight, Kitty fights to regain control of her body and Ogun escapes to take control of an innocent bystander. Logan corners his adversary who threatens to kill his current host if Wolverine does not take the information he has and leave him
alone. Logan agrees and Ogun reveals Dr. Abraham Cornelius is the man behind all this. Wolverine pays the former Weapon X scientist a visit and finds that Dr. Cornelius is experimenting with humans, trying to recreate Weapon X’s success. The Dr. needed Wolverine to try and unlock the secrets of his healing factor, but upon hearing Logan no longer has it , he begins the adamantium bonding to his patients which will kill them, and proceeds to escape. Logan is left with a choice, capture Cornelius or save the test subjects. Wolverine slashes at the container holding the melted adamantium and it pours and hardens on his body, leaving him completely encased in adamantium.
Wolverine’s direct weakness is a magical blade that has been endowed with the ability to halt accelerated healing factors. This blade has the ability to reduce his healing factor many times and when he received a very minor cut from the blade it took days for it to heal when in normal circumstances it would have healed within a matter of moments.
Wolverine’s senses can be overloaded as seen when he has stated whispers hurt him and when. Hulk used his thunderclap to overload Wolverine’s hearing sense. Despite this weakness, Wolverine’s pain tolerance and healing factor have allowed him to push through attacks that should overload his senses like withstanding thunderclaps on multiple other occasions to the point that they don’t even seem to effect him.
Decapitating Wolverine would be a direct way in killing him but due to the fact that the adamantium that is laced around his body would prevent him healing, however this end is a high improbability. It is unknown however what would occur if Wolverine were to be decapitated and his head would be reattached to his body.
Wolverine is vulnerable to certain amounts of adamantium poisoning which has the ability to stun his. Healing factor to a very minor degree. If Wolverines healing factor were to be completely shutdown it is possible that over. A large amount of time that the adamantium poisoning would kill him. If the adamantium that is laced throughout Wolverine’s body were to every be removed it is believed that his healing factor would be increased exponentially though it is unclear how powerful it could become seeing its current possibilities.
The element of adamantium has been seen to have thirteen different allotropes because of the different molecular configurations. Wolverine has been seen to experience a type of dizziness when he comes into contact with the different elements of adamantium.
Carbodium is a poisonous substance to Wolverine and could be potentially lethal.