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Born James Howlett and commonly known as Logan, Wolverine is a mutant who possesses animal-keen senses, enhanced physical capabilities, and powerful regenerative ability known as a healing factor. He has been depicted variously as a member of the X-Men, Alpha Flight, and the Avengers.
The character first appeared in the last panel of The Incredible Hulk #180, with his first full appearance in #181 (cover-dated Nov. 1974). He was created by writer Len Wein and Marvel art director John Romita, Sr., who designed the character, and was first drawn for publication by Herb Trimpe. Logan then joined a revamped version of the superhero team the X-Men, where eventually writer Chris Claremont and artist-writer John Byrne would play significant roles in the character’s development. Artist Frank Miller collaborated with Claremont and helped to revise the character with a four-part eponymous limited series from September to December 1982 in which Logan’s catchphrase, “I’m the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn’t very nice”, debuted.
Logan is typical of the many tough antiheroes that emerged in American popular culture after the Vietnam War; his willingness to use deadly force and his brooding nature became standard characteristics for comic book antiheroes by the end of the 1980s. As a result, the character became a fan favorite of the increasingly popular X-Men franchise. Logan has been featured in his own solo comic since 1988.
He has appeared in most X-Men adaptations, including animated television series, video games, and the live-action 20th Century Fox X-Men film series, in which he is portrayed by Hugh Jackmanin all eight films, although Troye Sivan plays the young James Howlett in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
In May 2008, Wolverine was ranked #1 out of Wizard magazine’s Top 200 Comic Book Characters, and was ranked as the 4th Greatest Comic Book Character by Empire magazine in July 2008. On its list of the 100 Greatest Fictional Characters, Fandomania.com ranked Wolverine #21. In May 2011, Wolverine was ranked 4th on IGN’s “Top 100 Comic Book Heroes”, and fifth in their list of “The Top 50 Avengers” in 2012. In 2013, ComicsAlliance ranked Wolverine as #41 on their list of the “50 Sexiest Male Characters in Comics”.
- Master martial artist
- Regenerative healing factor
- Adamantium-plated skeletal structure and retractable claws
- Superhuman senses, reflexes, and animal-like attributes
- Extended longevity
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