The biggest changes Wolverine has seen since his debut
Wolverine is "the best at what he does," but a lot has changed in what he does since the introduction of the fan-favorite X-Men in Marvel Comics.
He might be the best at what he does, but Wolverine has changed dramatically since his first appearance in Marvel Comics. As a character, Logan's journey spans the gamut from power to personality.
Wolverine first appeared in Hulk Vol. 1 #180-182 in 1974, directed by Len Wein and Herb Trimpe. Here, Logan is working for the Canadian government and is sent to capture the Hulk. Even from its first appearance, there are some elements that have remained consistent over the years. Logan was stubborn and combative, and not only clashed with the Hulk, but also with his own bosses. He is referred to as a mutant by his superiors, and possesses a degree of enhanced consciousness. He also already has Vajra Claws, the metal is named on the panel #181. Wolverine next appeared in Wein and Dave Cockrum's Giant-Size X-Men #1, in which he was recruited by Professor Xavier to join the X-Men. The revelation that he's a mutant is the first time Wolverine has changed as he originally imagined, but it certainly won't be the last.
One aspect of Logan that is not confirmed in these early appearances is that he is very Name. In The Hulk, he's known as both Wolverine and Weapon X, but is referred to simply as Wolverine in many of his first appearances. Readers didn't know his chosen name until Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum's X-Men Volume 1 Volume 103 in 1976, where he was infamously named by the goblin who lived at Castle Cassidy. Revealed as Logan. Even so, it wasn't until 2001, a full 25 years later, that Wolverine's real name was revealed as James Howlett in Paul Jenkins and Andy Cubert's Origin #1.
Wolverine's Powers Evolved With His Personality
Another notable changing aspect of Wolverine is probably his most recognizable feature, his claws. The idea that these claws were actually made of bone and were a natural part of his skeleton was added later. This revelation came in the most poignant way possible in Larry Hama and Adam Kubert's 1993 Wolverine Vol. 2 #75, which was part of the famous Deadly Attractions storyline. After Magneto used his powers to rip the diamond directly from Logan's skeleton, Wolverine's bone claws were revealed when he instinctively popped out after his injury, terrifying his teammates. This is all the more surprising since readers have seen when Wolverine first received his adamantium Part of Barry Windsor-Smith's Weapon X arc two years ago in Marvel Comics Presents #72-84.
In fact, almost all of Logan's superpowers were invented later. In the original Hulk image, Wolverine's superpowers were pretty vague. In fact, The Incredible Hulk #181's narrative specifically states that when he was knocked out by the Hulk, Wolverine survived because he was only hit by a squint, suggesting Logan's idea of the healing factor It hasn't been invented yet. Wolverine's powers may be the biggest change in his history. In his early days with the X-Men, his teammates thought his metal claws were part of his gauntlet, and that Professor X recruited him for his superhuman agility and strength, but even that was only briefly mentioned.
Logan's Journey From Loner to Leader
An important change in Logan's character over the years is his development of a role as a mentor to younger characters, while also serving as his own leader. In The Incredible Hulk #182, Logan is quickly described as someone who has problems working with others, and he clashes with the stormtroopers sent to deal with the Hulk after Logan's superiors decide he's a failure. The giant X-Men's Wolverine and the team's first adventure was more clearly a loner, sniping his teammates and quickly developing a specific counter to Cyclops. However, Logan had become a mentor to many young mutants over the years, and he had to learn to be a leader involuntarily.
Logan's first student was Katie Pryde, with whom Logan developed a close friendship, notably in Chris Claremont and Al Milgrom's Katie Pryde ” and the “Wolverine” miniseries. Later, Logan developed a close bond with Jubilee, whom he first met in Chris Claremont and Marc Silvestri's X-Men Extraordinary Volume 1 #251, when he was pinned down by the robot villain Marauder After the crucifixion, she helped save his life. In addition to her appearances in the X-Men series, Jubilee also became a recurring character on Larry Hama's solo Wolverine single.
Throughout his history, Logan developed strong paternal instincts and a belief in protecting the young from a world of hatred and fear. The same intuition that led Wolverine to his greatest advantage, he stepped up during and after X-Men: Divided Allen Davis and Adam Kubert. Here, Logan sparred with Cyclops because Cyclops believed Scott was putting young mutants in needless danger and making them soldiers. From here, Wolverine became the headmaster of the new Jean Gray Academy in Jason Aaron's Wolverine and the X-Men Vol. His original portrayal can be imagined. This is a far cry from Logan in the first Hulk story, who was just a soldier.
However, the best part about most of these changes to Logan's personality is how much they mean to his character. Looking across his extensive history, a clear character arc emerges. Logan joins the X-Men as a loner, with good reason to mistrust others after being mistreated by the Canadian government and knowing he's been turned into a arms. However, he slowly learns to trust others as he learns to work in a team where he is valued and treated with dignity. No wonder Logan is so Protect the young mutant; he's seen the worst the world can do to someone, and doesn't want anyone else to go through that again. While Wolverine may have changed dramatically since his first appearance, every step along the way has been very meaningful to his journey as a person.