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
14 He Had Adamantium Ripped From His Skeleton
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
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.
10 He’s Short!
9 He Was Almost Called The Badger
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."
7 How Hard It Is To Get Drunk
6 He Has A Bisexual Son
5 He’s Canadian!
4 Wolverine’s Cowl Was A Mistake
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.
2 Wolverine’s Face Became Sabretooth’s
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.
Sources: Goodcomics.comicbookre.com, Wikipedia.org, Marvel.wikia.com, Eonline.com, Io9.com, Neo-prodigy.livejournal.com, Comicvine.gamespot.com
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