Wolverine (comic book)

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Wolverine
Cover to Wolverine #1.
Art by Frank Miller.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format (vol. 1)
Limited series
(vols. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Ongoing series
Genre
Publication date (vol. 1)
September – December 1982
(vol. 2)
November 1988 – June 2003
(vol. 3)
July 2003 – August 2010
(vol. 4)
September 2010 – December 2012
(vol. 5)
March 2013 – January 2014
(vol. 6)
February 2014 – present
Number of issues (vol. 1)
#1-#4
(vol. 2)
#1-#189 + 6 Annuals + #1/2 + #-1
(vol. 3)
#1-#90 + 2 Annuals + 2 Giant-Size
(vol. 4)
#1-#20 + #5.1 + #300-317 (return to vol. 2 numbering)
(vol. 5)
#1-#13
(vol. 6)
#1-Ongoing + 1 Annual
Main character(s) Wolverine
Creative team
Writer(s) Chris Claremont
Penciller(s) Frank Miller
Inker(s) Joe Rubinstein
Letterer(s) Tom Orzechowski
Colorist(s) Glynis Wein
Editor(s) Louise Jones
Collected editions
Wolverine ISBN 978-0-7851-3724-5

Wolverine is a number of Marvel Comics comic book series starring the X-Men member Wolverine. As of April 2013, 323 issues and 11 annuals have been published. It was the original flagship title created for the character.

Publication history[edit]

Volume 1[edit]

The first Wolverine was a limited series written by Chris Claremont with pencils by Frank Miller, inks by Joe Rubinstein, letters by Tom Orzechowski, and colors by Glynis Wein. Marvel Comics published the series from September to December 1982. This story arc covers the events leading up to Wolverine's engagement to Mariko Yashida.

Volume 2[edit]

An ongoing series started publication in 1988 and lasted until 2003 when it was relaunched after issue 189. The original creative team consisted of writer Chris Claremont and penciler John Buscema. Claremont described the series as "high adventure rather than super heroics, sort of a combination of Conan meets Terry and the Pirates."[1] As a visual manifestation of the series's break from the traditional superhero genre, throughout Claremont's run Wolverine wears either civilian clothes or a mask-less, all black outfit instead of his superhero costume, and costumed characters in general were few and far between.[2] Nearly half of the series's run was written by Larry Hama.

Other writers on the series included Peter David, Archie Goodwin, Jo Duffy, Warren Ellis, Todd Dezago, Erik Larsen, Steve Skroce, Rob Liefeld, Frank Tieri, Matt Nixon and Daniel Way.

Marc Silvestri penciled Wolverine from 1990 to 1992.

Volume 3[edit]

As part of the "Dark Reign" storyline, the series was renamed Dark Wolverine in 2009 with issue #75 and starred Wolverine's son, Daken. The third volume ended with issue #90.

Volume 4[edit]

A fourth volume was launched in September 2010 with a new #1. After issue 20 the series returned to its original ongoing numbering as issue #300.

How Marvel reached issue #300: Volume 2 (#1-#189),[3] Volume 3 (#1-#90/190-279)[4][5] and Volume 4 (#1-#20/280-299), with Volume 4 issue #21 ending up as #300.[6]

It concluded with issue #317 in December 2012 in the wake of the Marvel NOW! initiative.[7]

Volume 5[edit]

As part of the Marvel NOW! relaunches, Wolverine Vol. 4 was cancelled as of issue #317 and a new volume 5 was launched in March 2013 also titled Wolverine with creative team of Paul Cornell and Alan Davis.[8]

Also a new series titled Savage Wolverine debuted in January 2013. The title features team-ups between Wolverine and other Marvel superheroes.[9]

Volume 6[edit]

A new volume of Wolverine by Paul Cornell and Ryan Stegman was launched as part of All-New Marvel NOW! in February 2014, featuring a changed Wolverine, who has joined a group of minor super villains as an attempt to simplify his life.[10]

In other media[edit]

The story arc from Volume 1 concerning Logan's exploits in Japan has been loosely adapted into the 2013 live-action film, The Wolverine, directed by James Mangold and starring Hugh Jackman, with Tao Okamoto, Hiroyuki Sanada and Rila Fukushima,[11] being the sixth installment to the X-Men film series.

Reception[edit]

IGN gave the trade paperback collection of the first Wolverine series a "Must Have" rating.[12]

Collected editions[edit]

Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
Wolverine Wolverine #1-4 July 1995 978-0871352774
Wolverine by Claremont and Miller Wolverine #1-4; Uncanny X-Men #172-173 March 2009
January 2007
SC: 978-0785137245
HC: 978-0785123293
The Best of Wolverine, Vol. 1 Wolverine #1-4; Marvel Comics Presents #72-84; The Incredible Hulk #181; Uncanny X-Men #205; Captain America Annual #8 October 2004 978-0785113706
Wolverine Omnibus, Vol. 1 Wolverine #1-4; Wolverine Vol. 2 #1-10; Marvel Comics Presents #1-10, 72-84; The Incredible Hulk #180-182, 340; Marvel Treasury Edition #26; Best of Marvel Comics (HC); Kitty Pryde and Wolverine #1-6; Spider-Man vs. Wolverine #1; Marvel Age Annual #4; Punisher War Journal #6-7; Uncanny X-Men #172-173 April 2009 978-0785134770
Wolverine Classic, Vol. 1 Wolverine Vol. 2 #1-5 April 2005 978-0785117971
Wolverine Classic, Vol. 2 Wolverine Vol. 2 #6-10 September 2005 978-0785118770
Wolverine Classic, Vol. 3 Wolverine Vol. 2 #11-16 May 2006 978-0785120537
Wolverine Classic, Vol. 4 Wolverine Vol. 2 #17-23 September 2006 978-0785120544
Essential Wolverine, Vol. 1 (b&w) Wolverine Vol. 2 #1-23 February 2009 978-0785135661
Wolverine Classic, Vol. 5 Wolverine Vol. 2 #24-30 September 2007 978-0785127390
Essential Wolverine, Vol. 2 (b&w) Wolverine Vol. 2 #24-47 March 2002 978-0785105503
Wolverine by Larry Hama & Marc Silvestri, Vol. 1 Wolverine Vol. 2 #31-37, Wolverine: The Jungle Adventure, Wolverine: Bloodlust July 2013 978-0785184515
Wolverine Legends, Vol. 6: Marc Silvestri Wolverine Vol. 2 #31-34, 41-42, 48-50 May 2004 978-0785109525
Wolverine by Larry Hama & Marc Silvestri, Vol. 2 Wolverine Vol. 2 #38-46, Wolverine: Rahne of Terra February 2014 978-0785188711
Essential Wolverine, Vol. 3 (b&w) Wolverine Vol. 2 #48-69 March 2002 978-0785105954
Essential Wolverine, Vol. 4 (b&w) Wolverine Vol. 2 #70-90 May 2006 978-0785120599
X-Men: Fatal Attractions Wolverine Vol. 2 #75; (Plus X-Factor #92; X-Force #25; Uncanny X-Men #304; X-Men Vol. 2 #25; Excalibur #71) August 2000 0-7851-0748-7
Essential Wolverine, Vol. 5 (b&w) Wolverine Vol. 2 #91-110, Annual '96; Uncanny X-Men #332 December 2008 978-0785130772
Essential Wolverine Vol. 6 (b&w) Wolverine Vol. 2 #111-128, -1, Annul '97 December 2012 978-0785163527
Essential Wolverine Vol. 7 (b&w) Wolverine Vol. 2 #129-147, Hulk Vol. 1 #8 June 2013 978-0785184089
Origin of Generation X: Tales of the Phalanx Covenant Wolverine Vol. 2 #85; Cable (vol. 1) #16; (PlusUncanny X-Men #316-317; Generation X #1 and more) June 2001 0-7851-0216-7
X-Men: The Complete Onslaught Epic Vol. 2 Wolverine Vol. 2 #104; (PlusX-Factor #125-126; X-Man #17; X-Men #55; Uncanny X-Men #336; X-Force #58 and more) June 2008 0-7851-2824-7
X-Men: Zero Tolerance Wolverine, Vol. 2 #115–118 (plus X-Men Vol. 2 #65–70,X-Force, vol. 1 #67–69 and more) March 2001 ISBN 0-7851-0738-X
Wolverine: Not Dead Yet Wolverine Vol. 2 #119-122 December 1998
May 2009
SC: 978-0785107040
HC: 978-0785137665
Wolverine: Blood Wedding Wolverine Vol. 2 #123-132, Wolverine: Black Rio October 2013 978-0785185240
X-Men vs. Apocalypse Vol. 1: The Twelve Wolverine Vol. 2 #146-147 (plus Uncanny X-Men #376-377; Cable #75-76; X-Men #96-97) March 2007 0-7851-2263-X
X-Men vs. Apocalypse Vol. 2: Ages of Apocalypse Wolverine Vol. 2 #148; Cable #77; Uncanny X-Men #378, Annual '99; X-51 #8; X-Men #98; X-Men Unlimited #26; X-Men: The Search for Cyclops #1-4 September 2008 978-0785122647
X-Men: Powerless Wolverine Vol. 2 #149 (plus Uncanny X-Men #379-380; Cable #78; X-Force #101; X-Men #99) August 2010 0-7851-4677-6
Wolverine: Blood Debt Wolverine Vol. 2 #150-153 July 2001 978-0785107859
Wolverine: The Best There Is Wolverine vol. 2, #159-161, 167-169 September 2002 978-0785110071
Wolverine: The Return of Weapon X Wolverine Vol. 2 #159-176, Annual 2000-2001 October 2013 0785185232
Wolverine/Deadpool: Weapon X Wolverine Vol. 2 #162-166; Deadpool #57-60 August 2002 978-0785109181
Wolverine Legends, Vol. 3: Law of the Jungle Wolverine Vol. 2 #181-186 March 2003 978-0785111351
Wolverine, Ultimate collection: Greg Rucka Wolverine Vol. 3 #1-19 January 2012 978-0785158455
Wolverine, Vol. 1: The Brotherhood Wolverine Vol. 3 #1-6 February 2004 978-0785111368
Wolverine, Vol. 2: Coyote Crossing Wolverine Vol. 3 #7-11 May 2004 978-0785111375
Wolverine, Vol. 3: Return of the Native Wolverine Vol. 3 #12-19 October 2004 978-0785113973
Wolverine: Enemy of the State, Vol. 1 Wolverine Vol. 3 #20-25 October 2006
May 2005
SC: 978-0785114925
HC: 978-0785118152
Wolverine: Enemy of the State, Vol. 2 Wolverine Vol. 3 #26-32 June 2006
December 2005
SC: 978-0785116271
HC: 978-0785119265
Wolverine: Enemy of the State Ultimate Collection Wolverine Vol. 3 #20-32 June 2008
October 2006
SC: 978-0785133018
HC: 978-0785122067
House of M: World of M, Featuring Wolverine Wolverine Vol. 3 #33-35; Black Panther Vol. 4 #7; Captain America Vol. 5 #10; The Pulse #10 March 2006 978-0785119227
Wolverine: Origins and Endings Wolverine Vol. 3 #36-40 December 2006
May 2006
SC: 978-0785119791
HC: 978-0785119777
Wolverine: Blood and Sorrow Wolverine Vol. 3 #41, 49; Giant-Size Wolverine #1; X-Men Unlimited #12 July 2007 978-0785126072
Wolverine: Civil War Wolverine Vol. 3 #42-48 May 2007 978-0785119807
Wolverine: Evolution Wolverine Vol. 3 #50-55 March 2008
November 2007
SC: 978-0785122562
HC: 978-0785122555
Wolverine: The Death of Wolverine Wolverine Vol. 3 #56-61 July 2008
April 2008
SC: 978-0785126126
HC: 978-0785126119
Wolverine by Jason Aaron Omnibus, Vol. 1 Wolverine Vol. 3 #56, 62-64; Wolverine: Weapon X #1-16; Wolverine: Manifest Destiny #1-4; Dark Reign: The List - Wolverine; backup stories from Wolverine vol. 2, #175; Wolverine vol. 3, #73-74; Dark X-Men: The Beginning #3 October 2011 HC: 978-0785156390
Wolverine: Get Mystique Wolverine Vol. 3 #62-65 August 2008 978-0785129639
Wolverine: Old Man Logan Wolverine Vol. 3 #66-72; Wolverine: Old Man Logan Giant-Size September 2010
October 2009
SC: 978-0785131724
HC: 978-0785131595
Wolverine: Weapon X, Vol. 1: The Adamantium Men Wolverine Vol. 3 #73-74; Wolverine: Weapon X #1-5 April 2010
November 2009
SC: 978-0785141112
HC: 978-0785140177
Dark Wolverine, Vol. 1: The Prince Wolverine Vol. 3 #73-74 (back stories); Dark Wolverine #75-77 March 2010
November 2009
SC: 978-0785138662
HC: 978-0785139003
Dark Wolverine, Vol. 2: My Hero Dark Wolverine #78-81 March 2010 SC: 978-0785138679
HC: 978-0785139775
Siege: X-Men Dark Wolverine #82-84; New Mutants vol. 2, #11; Siege: Storming Asgard - Heroes & Villains December 2010
August 2010
SC: 978-0785148166
HC: 978-0785148159
Wolverine: Origins, Vol. 9: The Reckoning Dark Wolverine #85-87; Wolverine: Origins #46-50 October 2010 HC: 978-0785139782
Wolverine Goes to Hell Wolverine Vol. 4 #1-5 February 2011 978-0785147848
Wolverine vs. the X-Men Wolverine Vol. 4 #5.1, 6-9 September 2011 HC: 978-0785147862
Wolverine: Wolverine's Revenge Wolverine Vol. 4 #10-16 9 November 2011 HC: 978-0785152798
Wolverine: Goodbye, Chinatown Wolverine Vol. 4 #17-20 April 2012 HC: 978-0785161417
Wolverine: Back in Japan Wolverine Vol. 2 #300-304 January 2013 0785161449
Wolverine: Rot Wolverine Vol. 2 #305-309 March 2013 0785161465
Wolverine: Sabretooth Reborn Wolverine Vol. 2 #310-313 February 2013 978-0785163251
Wolverine: Covenant Wolverine Vol. 2 #314-317 April 2013 978-0785164678
Wolverine Vol. 1: Hunting Season Wolverine Vol. 5 #1-6 September 2013 978-0785183969
Wolverine Vol. 2: Killable Wolverine Vol. 5 #7-13 March 2014 978-0785183976

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marvel A to Z". Marvel Age Annual (4) (Marvel Comics). 1988. p. 28. 
  2. ^ Zimmerman, Dwight Jon (November 1988). "Bob Harras". Comics Interview (62) (Fictioneer Books). pp. 5–7. 
  3. ^ "Wolverine Vol 2: (1988-2011)". Marvel Comic Database. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Wolverine Vol 3: (2003-2009)". Marvel Comics Database. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Dark Wolverine Vol 1: (2009-2010)". Marvel Comics Databse. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Wolverine Vol 4: (2010-2012)". Marvel Comic Database. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Marvel Comics Solicitations for December, 2012". Comic Book Resources. September 19, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  8. ^ "Cornell and Davis Tackle "Wolverine" For Marvel NOW!". comicbookresources.com. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  9. ^ Wheeler, Andrew (8 October 2012). "Marvel NOW! Q&A: Savage Wolverine". Marvel.com. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Cornell & Stegman Relaunch "Wolverine" With Some "Payback"". Comic Book Resources. 13 November 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  11. ^ Marshall, Rick (2009-08-10). "Hugh Jackman Offers 'Wolverine 2' Update: 'We're Starting To Work On It Now'". MTV. Archived from the original on August 23, 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  12. ^ "Wolverine TPB Review". IGN. May 19, 2006. 

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