If there is any one character that you probably don’t want to find in a bar fight, it’s Wolverine. With anger issues that are only matched by his ability to deal with said issues, there is no doubting that throughout his history Wolverine has been about slashing first and talking after. Though as you are about to find out, there is more to the Wolverine than what meets the eye. For example, do you know what animal the character was almost named after? You may, but if you do, I bet you’re also going to find the other facts in this list all the more intriguing.
Whether it is looking at Wolverine’s family, or giving some insight on the character’s role and how it has changed throughout comic history, there is no doubting that there is something about Wolverine that can be intriguing to all readers. Even if you hate Wolverine (wait, what?), there’s probably a pretty good chance that you don’t hate Batman, and rumor has it they may have been combined at one point to form an unbelievably strong character… but you may have to keep reading to find out more about that.
There is no doubting that Wolverine is the best at what he does, but what he does sometimes is not very nice! With the backstory like Logan’s, who could really blame him?
15. He Was Almost A Mutated Wolverine
When you think of how badass Wolverine looks, you can only imagine how horrifying the idea of him being a genetically modified Wolverine really is. We get that animals can look cool, but you would have completely altered the character. Thankfully, Stan Lee himself was the one who shut down the idea. Interestingly enough, it was only once Wolverine was drawn without the cowl that many people realized he was an older man and not a teenager like most of the X-Men.
14. He Had Adamantium Ripped From His Skeleton
If you had any doubt that Magneto is one powerful dude, how about the fact that he used his power to remove the adamantium from Wolverine’s bones? Something tells me that probably didn’t feel so good! As a result, Wolverine was left with only bone claws and kept these claws for a shocking five years in the comics. Talk about some long-lasting damage. When asked how the idea came about, Peter David, the writer, recalled how the writers were discussing Magneto’s return, which would result in a fight. David said, thinking out-loud, “Boy, y’know, if I’m Magneto, I don’t even bother with Wolverine. I just yank out his skeleton and be done with him.” And while it was not said with a completely serious notion behind it, the writers clearly loved it enough to run with it.
13. He First Appeared In The Incredible Hulk
It can be easy to think of Wolverine and think that he must have made his comic debut alongside the X-Men, but you would be wrong! Wolverine debuted in 1974 in The Incredible Hulk #180 and more notably, in #181. Wolverine appears jumping into the middle of a battle between The Hulk and Wendigo. After realizing that Wendigo is a much easier target, Wolverine assists The Hulk in defeating him before the two turn on each other (shocking). It may be most notable not only for the appearance of Wolverine, but Hulk’s quote:
“Hulk doesn’t understand. First little man fights Hulk… and now he fights Hulk’s enemy? But if Hulk’s enemy is little man’s enemy… then little man is Hulk’s friend!”
12. He Was Almost Anti-Semetic
In 1998, there was a phrase in the comics: “Though the ceremony was interrupted by one of our closest foes, the killer known as Sabertooth!” Seems harmless, right? Except it originally said, “…the kike known as Sabretooth!” So that phrase is definitely not preferred. To make matters all the more awkward for Marvel, the issue was going to come out on Yom Kippur! Thankfully, they were able to catch the mistake and let retailers know before the issue was supposed to hit stands, but that doesn’t mean that some didn’t still make it to the sales floor. I can only imagine the PR nightmare if this happened in 2016 and someone who bought the issue would be able to plaster it all over the internet.
11. Dark Claw
If you don’t know who Dark Claw is, be prepared to read about something super badass. Marvel and DC decided that it would be cool to see what some of their ‘combined’ heroes were and thus Amalgam Comics was very briefly created. Dark Claw is what they think Batman and Wolverine would be if combined into one person. On their own they are arguably the most badass heroes out there, but much less when combined.
For powers, a lot of the ones you can expect from Wolverine remain with the character, but Batman, not being a mutant, doesn’t really add to the character in that way. What you are left with is an adamantium, claw-wielding badass, who can still regenerate his health through his outstanding regeneration powers, which also extends to things like organs or, y’know, your eye. The character also has extremely well developed senses, such as being able to see with perfect vision, including objects far away, and having a sense of smell that is strong enough to help find the villain, regardless of other potential smells in the area that could impact him. The amazing detective abilities that Batman displays are only further enhanced when you consider the advantages of what Wolverine brings to the table, namely anger and claws.
10. He’s Short!
As if that last quote from The Hulk wasn’t a clue, it is interesting to point out that in the comics that Wolverine is only 5’3”. Despite this, he’s clearly a powerhouse and, with his adamantium skeleton, weighs up to 300 pounds. While this has made him the butt of many jokes, his size also has allowed for some really cool maneuvers, such as when Colossus tosses him like a bowling ball. Fans may be even more shocked that he is so short in the comics because Hugh Jackman, who has played the character for several years, is 6’2” in real life. He must have had one convincing audition!
9. He Was Almost Called The Badger
When it comes to making sure that you are a badass superhero, one of the things that you need to have going for you is a really cool name. The idea for creating Wolverine was largely influenced because there was a want for a Canadian superhero (more on that later), and as a result, they wanted to pick an animal that was found in both Canada and the United States. While it sounds like a silly comparison, it is important to remember that some of the most popular superheroes were named after animals. Len Wein, the creator of Wolverine, preferred Wolverine because it was close to Wolf, but also because “they’re short, nasty creatures who have no qualms about attacking beasts ten times their size to protect their young and to protect their territory.” Sound like anyone you might know?
8. Sabretooth Was Going To Be His Father
I am going to state from the outset that they are not father and son. There was a genetic test done in Wolverine Vol. 2 #42 that showed they were not father and son, but there is no telling if Maury was there to verify the results. The creator of the character, Chris Claremont, when asked what their relationship was, stated:
“Father and son. That’s why Sabretooth always considered Logan “sloppy seconds” to his “original/real deal”. The other critical element in my presentation of their relationship was that, in their whole life, Logan has never defeated Sabretooth in a knock-down, drag-out, kill-or-be-killed berserker fight. By the same token, on every one of his birthdays, Sabretooth has always managed to find him… and come within an inch of killing him. For no other reason than to remind him that he could.”
Gee, thanks, Dad!
7. How Hard It Is To Get Drunk
When you think of his healing powers, it is easy to think that there are only benefits that come with it, but you would be wrong. It is fun to point out that his regeneration also prevents his body from processing alcohol in the same way, and while he can get drunk or buzzed, it definitely takes more effort for Wolverine than most mutants. This is extra depressing when you consider that the character has been known to spend some time in bars. Although, I can’t think of a character out there that I would want to see less in a blacked-out, intoxicated state than Wolverine.
6. He Has A Bisexual Son
There is no doubt that Wolverine is in great shape, and perhaps that helped his wife overlook his attitude problems long enough to have a child with him. Wolverine’s son, Daken, possesses a lot of the mutant features his Father has, which will make him a force to be reckoned with. This includes the ability to regenerate, hyper senses, and perhaps most notably, the ability to manipulate pheromones. Daken has not only insinuated that he has slept with men as well as women, he’s also dropped hints such as, “I always loved playing for both teams!” Daken is not the first bisexual superhero, and he won’t be the last, but before this list, I didn’t even know Wolverine had a kid!
5. He’s Canadian!
Perhaps you already knew this, but there is no way I am going to complete this list without explicitly pointing out how Wolverine is Canadian. The character was created because they wanted to attempt a character with a Canadian accent. As you know, the Wolverine was picked because it was also found in Canada. Despite this, the Weapon X program that helped fuse Wolverine with adamantium was funded by the U.S. If you’re curious, you may also be interested to know that Deadpool, who is arguably the most popular superhero right now, is also Canadian! At least you know they may have some manners when they are kicking your ass. Though, I wouldn’t count on it.
4. Wolverine’s Cowl Was A Mistake
When you think of what makes Wolverine such an awesome character, there is no doubt that his costume deserves part of the credit for that. The original costume did not have the cowl, but Gil Kane, who was drawing the cover, accidentally drew the cowl on the cover. It was decided that Kane’s version looked so good that they would keep it.
3. It Was Forbidden To Give Him Arm Hair
To be fair, I never really thought about whether or not Wolverine had arm hair, but the people at Marvel did. While he was shown with hair on his arms when out of the costume, in the costume Wolverine was not to be drawn with hair on his arms. When X-Men #112 came out, George Perez decided he was badass and drew hair on his arms on the cover. It was ever since that moment that Wolverine was allowed to have hair drawn on his arms, even when in costume.
Okay, not every fact is going to be about how he’s super badass.
2. Wolverine’s Face Became Sabretooth’s
When Wolverine first debuted in the comics, he was only seen wearing the cowl and as a result nobody knew what his face actually looked like. John Byrne, a comic artist, drew a design of what he thought Wolverine should look like as a human. While there was already an idea in place for what Wolverine looked like, the face design by Byrne was later used for Sabretooth. I suppose the fact that the characters end up being related helps it make sense that they both look similar!
1. He’s Been Beaten By Spock
In 1996, one of the weirdest comic book crossovers emerged featuring the Star Trek crew meeting members of the X-Men. The crew of the Enterprise is just chilling in space when they come across a starship of Shi’Ar Design, which is destroyed but not before Spock realized that there were 7 near-human forms on the ship. Thankfully, the X-Men were able to teleport onto the Enterprise before their ship exploded, and even more thankfully, it gave us a moment in comic book history where Spock confronts Wolverine. To the joy of all Trekkies out there, Spock is able to knock out Wolverine for a few moments using the classic Vulcan nerve punch. Thankfully, everyone ends up becoming friends and the two teams are able to combine and defeat the villain Proteus.