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The man who would be known as the superhero named Wolverine was born as James Howlett Hudson in the mid 1880s in Alberta, Canada. He was the second and sickly child to Elizabeth and John Howlett Sr. His mother was ill and, in the early 1900s, a young Irish girl named Rose O’Hara was brought to the Howlett estate to be a friend and a caretaker to young James. Together they befriended a young boy named Dog, son of the grounds keeper, Thomas Logan. Dog tried to form a normal bond between the two, but due to his father’s resentment and drunken abuse, he grew to resent his station in life; so much so that one day he makes undue advances on Rose, which are reported by young James to his father. This whole chain of events leads to Thomas Logan being sacked from his position as groundskeeper, following which he goes seeking for Elizabeth Howlett, trying to convince her to leave with him. This leads to an altercation that results in the death of John Howlett. The shock of seeing his father murdered in front of him leads to the manifestation of young James’ powers and he stabs Thomas with his newly drawn claws, also slashing Dog across the face before fainting. He and Rose flee the house and make their way through the harsh Canadian wilderness with James near-catatonic and Rose having to facilitate their transportation, while Dog tells the police that Rose was the killer.
They arrive at a mine where Rose gives false names, calling James incorrectly as “Logan.” The other workers dub the revived Logan “the wolverine” because of his penchant for tenaciously digging and begin to accept him as one of their own due to his incredible work ethic. What they don’t know is that by night, he runs in the wild with a pack of wolves that he is cowed the alpha of. Dog arrives one day, having survived his encounter years ago, still holding a massive grudge against Logan. Logan recognizes his erstwhile friend and accepts his challenge to a brawl to the death. Before Logan can kill Dog, however, Rose tries to pull him away and is inadvertently stabbed through the chest, killing her and leaving Logan to mourn alone.
Wolveirne was created by Len Wein and Herb Trimp and first appeared (in a cameo on the last page) in The Incredible Hulk issue 180 (1974) and first fully appeared in The Incredible Hulk Vol. 1 issue 181 (1974). At the time of his creation comics were becoming increasingly popular in Canada and Roy Thomas, Marvel’s then Editor-in-Chief, suggested to Len Wein to create a Canadian character to put in the Hulk comic he was working on. The two of them ironed out details such as the name (which came down to two options–1. The Badger and 2. The Wolverine) and based details of their new character around the characteristics of the Wolverine. John Romita, Sr. was then brought on to design the character, once again using the animal as the basis for the character, making him short and stocky and introducing claws to both the character and in the motif of his costume. Wolverine was first drawn for publication by Herb Trimpe. Wolverine’s mask was drawn incorrectly by Gil Kane for the cover of Giant-Size X-Men #1, but Dave Cockrum, who penciled the comic, liked it so much that he incorporated it into his own artwork for the actual story.
John Byrne was the first artist that drew Wolverine unmasked. In an interview in Back Issue #4 with Peter Sanderson, John Byrne revealed that actor Paul D’Amato from the 1977 movie Slap Shot, was his inspiration for his depiction of Wolverine during his run on X-Men with Chris Claremont.
More recently an older, alternate version of Wolverine, known as Old Man Logan, appeared in the comics and joined the X-Men after the real Wolverine died. Old Man Logan first appeared in Wolverine Vol.2 issue 66 (2008).
Early Years of Wolverine
In 1910, Logan traveled to another frontier community in the Canadian Rockies and met a young Blackfoot woman named Silver Fox, with whom he falls in love. She reciprocates, and the two share a cabin together in the woods and live happily for a time. In late May, when Logan believed his birthday to be, Sabretooth tracks and murders Silver Fox after seeing her and Wolverine together, envious that Logan had found a measure of peace. Upon discovering the gruesome scene, Wolverine flew into a rage and battles Sabretooth, but couldn’t best his counterpart, who was able to keep his cool.
Sabretooth and a mysterious cloaked figure then manipulated the feral, mindless Logan to slaughter the inhabitants of the town he had been living in at the time.
Later, employed by The Hudson’s Bay Company as a fur trader to the Blackfoot Indians, he defeated the demonic snake-worm known as Uncegila, a feat which earned him the Blackfoot warrior name of “Skunk-Bear.” A broad, largely unseen conspiracy then began to shape Logan, robbed of his conscience and free will, into the perfect killer. Wherever Logan went, Sabretooth or one of his handlers, was not far behind.
World War I
Logan in the Great War
Logan in the Great War
In 1914, Logan joined the Canadian Army to fight during The Great War. During a battle in Belgium on April 22, 1915, Logan encountered Lazaer (anagram of Azrael, the Angel of Death) for the first time and a fight ensued. Lazaer got the upper hand and impaled Wolverine with his sword, but Logan pulled the sword from his body, and impaled Lazaer to defeat him. Since then, every time Logan has had a near death experience, he has had to battle Lazaer so that he is able to return back to the realm of the living and use his advanced healing factor to return to health.
When the authorities became aware of Logan’s abilities, he was assigned to a special unit of the Canadian military, The Devil’s Brigade, tasked with the most suicidal missions in the war under the command of the super-humanly strong Silas Burr (who later became the mercenary Cyber). After a falling out, Cyber murdered Logan’s girlfriend and during the confrontation Logan was severely beaten and one of his eyes was removed, but he was able to escape. Cyber and Sabretooth tracked him at the bidding of Romulus and returned him to the squad where he was assigned to Madripoor.
Post-World War I
After a stint in the small nation, Logan traveled to China where he turned down an offer from the warlord Ogun to instruct him in the Art of War. But Logan was a man ever on the move, this time finding himself in South America where he ran across Mystique for the first time. The two of them were going to be executed by firing squad, but escaped using their abilities and formed a small criminal syndicate. Wolverine and Mystique became romantically involved, but the relationship was short lived as Logan reported on their criminal doings to the police, thus sending the syndicate to prison and returning to Canada to take part in the Weapon X program.
World War II
Fighting against the Nazis
Fighting against the Nazis
During World War II, Logan teamed up with Captain America and Bucky Barnes in Madripoor. The two were unaware of his mutation, believing him to merely be extraordinarily lucky, and dubbed him “Lucky James.” One of their first significant missions was to rescue Natasha Romanova, a young child at the time, from being brainwashed into an assassin by The Hand. Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker was also implicated, causing Cap and Bucky’s attention to shift to the fascist HYDRA organization. During this time, Seraph, guardian of Madripoor and another ex-lover of Wolverine, was killed by Sabretooth, presumably under the orders of a strange entity called Romulus. But whom he was would not be revealed until years later. Logan decided to officially get involved in the war and enlisted in the Armed Forces, joining the First Canadian Parachute Battalion. It was with this battalion that he first encountered Bloodscream, an immortal being with vampire-like qualities and powers. He fought in various missions, already soon making a name for himself as one of the best soldiers in the division. He ended his stint living in Japan and possibly training as a samurai.
After the War
After WWII, Logan returned to Japan, having remembered Ogun’s offer to train him. Logan would soon develop a deep love of Japan, particularly samurai culture and code of Bushido, that would stand the test of time. His training complete, he journeyed across the nation until he met the beautiful Itsu, with whom he started a family. But Logan’s destiny was never one of peace, and after he accidentally killed a man during a disaster, he returned home to find Itsu dead and the child they conceived stolen by Romulus. Logan had nothing left in Japan and returned to Canada to once again join with Weapon X. It was then that he gained his trademark adamantium skeleton, but also lost his memory due to the trauma of the experiment before joining Alpha Flight and taking on the Hulk for the first time.
After his military duty and his return from Japan and his training there, Logan applied for the job of Special Agent for an American underground government organization. With extreme coincidence, Logan’s mortal enemy Sabretooth turned out to have applied for the same ‘job’. A fight erupted in the offices of the organization, but both were subdued. At this time it turned out, it was not just a normal organization where the two had come to. They were both given a memory wipe and had false memories implanted. All except for Logan’s time in Japan was a complete mystery to him, and Logan had no recollection of his former feud with Sabretooth. He fought on various missions together with teammates Maverick and John Wraith. It was during one of these missions that Logan first met and fought Omega Red.
False memories were given to Logan and his teammates after most missions, so they would not, or only partly remember what they had done or what their objective had been. After some time, Sabretooth’s brutal ways became an eyesore to the other team members and it was not before long that the team had an internal conflict, resulting in a breakup of the team and Sabretooth leaving. Logan’s missions for Team X seemed done, but his long road of suffering would just be at the beginning.
Major Story Arcs
For full arc summary see: Weapon X
After Logan’s missions with Team X, a few heads turned with interest to Logan. During some point in his career as a special operative, Logan was kidnapped by agents of the Weapon X (or Plus) Program, a joint U.S./Canadian program. He was taken to a facility in the Canadian woods where he was examined by Professor Thorton, Dr. Abraham Cornelius, and Carol Hines. The Professor learned that Logan possessed a mutant healing factor and would be able to sustain the installation of Adamantium onto his bones, as the procedure would kill any other person. In this, they attempted to build the perfect living weapon.
The procedure was performed, and Logan now had a skeleton completely laced with the hard metal. This included his claws, which were now razor sharp claws that could cut through anything. During his time with Weapon X, Logan was heavily sedated and controlled through a helmet, giving him false memories and turned him into sort of a puppet for the Program. He was even forced to kill an entire town, wanting to test if Logan would do any assignment. His abilities were put to the test. Eventually, Logan was able to resist the mind-control and broke free from the facility (with help from the Winter Soldier). Enraged and more beast then man, he killed nearly anyone who stood in his way. That was except for Professor Cornelius, Hines, and Malcolm Colcord. These persons would all spell more trouble for Logan while the years went by.
Wolverine vs. Hulk
Wolverine vs. Hulk
After his escape from the Weapon X program, Logan spent months in the Canadian wilderness until he was found by James Hudson (aka Guardian) and Heather Hudson (aka Vindicator). The two of them were scientist and super-powered humans who worked for a division of the Canadian Government named Department H. Logan was soon brought back to good mental health, and also started working for the government (not remembering much of his time in Weapon X or what happened before that period). He participated in a few missions for Department H and was even given a costume and secret identity; the Wolverine. Logan’s most prominent mission was when he was asked to locate, and subdue the incredible Hulk. The Hulk was spotted in a Canadian forest, and Wolverine seemed to be the best operative to engage the “Green Goliath”. He was dropped into the mission zone by Department H and soon found the Hulk, who at the time was fighting the Wendigo.
Wolverine, knowing it would be difficult to fight against both of them, first pretended to team up with the Hulk against the Wendigo, but turned on him the moment they defeated the creature. Logan started a brutal fight against the Green giant, and fought for a long period of time, but the two seemed evenly matched. When it took too long, Wolverine was told to abort the mission and return to the helicopter, his ride back to Department H. During this time, Professor Charles Xavier found out about Wolverine being a mutant and started to watch him more closely.
Wolverine in the X-Men
Meeting Jean Grey
Meeting Jean Grey
Wolverine first came into contact with the X-Men when Professor Xavier contacted the Canadian government to arrange a personal introduction. Knowing full well that Department H was exploiting Logan for their own purposes and that there was friction between Wolverine and his superiors, Professor X offered Wolverine a position with the X-Men on the spot. The Department official objected but Logan lashed out at him and accepted Xavier’s offer to join his school and team. Unbeknownst to Logan, he had been released from the Department intentionally with implanted subliminal orders to assassinate Professor Xavier. Xavier was fully aware of this, however, and simply removed the implanted suggestion from Logan’s mind. He promised to help Logan with his memory loss in exchange for his enrollment on the X-Men roster.
Logan joined simultaneously with a number of new X-Men from across the globe, including Nightcrawler, Banshee, Storm, Sunfire, Thunderbird, and Colossus. Scott Summers (aka Cyclops) was already established as the leader of the team, but Logan caused immediate problems in their working relationship by bucking his authority and questioning his leadership of the team. The mission for which Logan and his fellow team members were recruited was an attempt to save the original X-Men team from the living island of Krakoa. Following the successful mission, Logan (as well as many of the other new X-men) clashed with the original X-Men. In one such instance, Warren Worthington III (aka Angel) noticed Logan flirting with X-Man Jean Grey out in the yard. Feeling that Logan was out of line, a fight between the two X-Men almost ensued but Jean intervened. This was the beginning of a longstanding romantic tension between Logan and Jean Grey, although she remained in a committed relationship with Cyclops until her untimely death. Despite this tension with Logan, Jean and Cyclops were the only two original X-Men to remain with the team immediately after.
For full arc summary see: Phoenix Saga
In a later mission, Wolverine and the other X-Men were taken captive by the newly returned Sentinels, giant robots whose main objective was to capture or kill mutants. The captives were taken into outer space to be imprisoned on a space station but managed to escape and return to earth via stolen space-shuttle. This proved catastrophic when the shuttle began to break up and Jean volunteered to fly the space-jet back to earth, risking exposure to cosmic rays. The shuttle reached Earth safely and crash landed in the Hudson river. Wolverine and the other X-Men managed to get off the sinking space shuttle, but feared for Jean’s life. She burst from the water in a fantastic display of telekinetic power, seemingly born anew.
At the time the X-Men accepted this person as their own Jean Grey, but in reality it was a cosmic entity known as the Phoenix who had taken her place, copying Jean’s body, personality, and memories and leaving the real Jean comatose in a cocoon on the bottom of the Hudson river. After the incident, the X-Men and the ersatz Jean performed various missions together, including facing down the mad Emperor D’Ken of the Shi’ar Empire who sought to rule or destroy the entire universe. During this mission the X-Men fought the Shi’ar Imperial Guard on the surface of Earth’s moon. In this fight, Logan faced and defeated a member of the Guard named Fang, briefly wearing the guardsman’s costume after his own was torn. The X-Men defeated the Shi’ar, deposed D’ken, and put the fallen Emperor’s sister, Lilandra, on the throne in his place.
After the team returned home, Logan’s former friend and Alpha Flight teammate the Guardian turned up unannounced and attacked the team in an attempt to bring Logan back to Canada, no matter the cost. He was defeated and sent back to Canada empty handed. The Guardian would try to recapture Logan again, this time with the help of Alpha Flight, but once again Wolverine evaded capture and remained with the X-Men, seemingly unconcerned that he was wanted by the Canadian government. During this time Logan began to develop close personal connections with his teammates that were uncommon for him. He grew especially close with Colossus, Storm, and Nightcrawler.
Wolverine meeting Mariko
Wolverine meeting Mariko
Logan even seemed to develop a friendly relationship with Xavier whereas before he’d repeatedly rebelled against authority figures, although Logan still annoyed Xavier by insisting on referring to him with nicknames such as “Chuck” and “Charlie” rather than as “Professor Xavier” or even the more casual “Charles.” However, his relationship with “Jean” remained at an impasse as she continued to be devoted to Cyclops. Logan and the X-Men faced numerous threats during this time, and on one of these missions they traveled to Japan where Logan met and fell in love with a young Japanese woman named Mariko Yashida, abandoning his pursuit of the unresponsive Jean. After this mission, Logan often returned to Japan to visit Mariko and continue their courtship.
Some missions later, disaster struck when the being posing as Jean, now openly calling herself the Phoenix, was manipulated by the Hellfire Club, a mutant organization bent on world domination. She was taken hostage and subjected to mental manipulation by Mastermind, transforming her into the Dark Phoenix, an entity with no remorse who fought with the Hellfire Club instead of against them. The X-Men tried to rescue her, but all were captured save Wolverine. Working alone, Logan fought his way through Hellfire Club soldiers, injuring many. Just as he successfully rescued the X-Men, the Dark Phoenix suddenly became extremely unstable. Now out of the control of even the Hellfire Club, she flew out of the Club’s building in a rage and traveled to deep space, where she consumed an entire populated planet in her primal hunger.
After this horrific event, the Phoenix regained her normal “Jean” personality but remained highly unstable. This atrocity convinced the rulers of the Shi’ar Empire that the Phoenix, an entity that had been previously known to them, had to be destroyed, which meant killing Jean. The X-Men refused to surrender their teammate and fought for her life against the Shi’ar Imperial Guard once more on the dark side of Earth’s moon. The Guard was winning the battle until the Phoenix fought back with her full might and in a burst of power knocked out almost the entire Guard, nearly killing them. After that, the “Jean” persona took control of the Phoenix and decided she was too far out of control and too dangerous to be left alive. She intentionally walked into the path of an automated laser cannon, allowing herself to be vaporized. The X-Men were devastated by her death, especially Cyclops and Logan, who had not moved past his desire for Jean as much as he’d let on. Cyclops decided to quit the team immediately after, leaving Storm to lead, but Wolverine stayed with the X-Men.
Further Adventures and a Marriage?
Do not mess with him
Do not mess with him
After Phoenix had died, hope came back to the X-Men and Wolverine in the form of young Kitty Pryde. An uptown girl with the mutant ability to phase through any solid matter. As time went on, Wolverine became somewhat of a mentor to her, although she first found him to be scary. Cyclops returned during this time, with a new girlfriend named Madelyne Pryor and took leadership of the X-Men once again. Logan and the X-Men soon found themselves in more trouble when space-pirates named the Starjammers (whom they had encountered during their mission against the Shi’ar) asked for their help. The team went into outer space to help, but where captured by the alien race known as the Brood. Some of the X-Men, including Wolverine, where implanted by a Brood egg, which would change it’s host into another Brood. Logan managed to break free from captivity and his healing factor prevented the egg from hatching and killed the creature inside him.
After the X-Men defeated the Brood, they managed to return home once again. Only problem was that they had remained in space for a long time. During this time, Xavier thought the X-Men to be dead. Xavier, (whom himself also got infected with a Brood egg by a Brood whom had traveled to earth) assembled a new team of mutants calling them ‘the New Mutants’. When the X-Men returned, they found strange people living inside their home, and a fight erupted until they found out that it where the New Mutants and that they where no longer the youngest team of X-Men. The Brood Xavier had however hatched by this time, and though the X-Men and the New Mutants. They did defeat it, but the transformation to Brood and back took its toll on Xavier, he became very sick. Wolverine needed to get away for a while, so he decided to take a trip to the Canadian mountains.
After taking a vacation in the Canadian mountains Wolverine finds out that all of the letters he had been writing to his girlfriend, Mariko, were being returned. When he calls the embassy in New York that she was staying at he discovers that she was summoned back to Japan weeks ago. Logan then travels to Japan to find out what happened. There he discovers that Mariko has been married on her father’s, Shingen Harada’s orders. Logan travels to see her immediately after receiving this news. Logan finds her with bruises on her face and realizes that her husband has been beating her. Logan attacks Mariko’s husband, but stops when she begs him not to hurt him. Logan then fights Mariko’s father to prove that he is worthy of Mariko, but Logan loses due to being poisoned. Afterwards Shingen hires the Hand to kill Logan as well as the mercenary Yukio to kill Logan. Yukio lies to Logan, telling him that the Hand are after her. Logan agrees to help her. With Mariko seemingly being out of his reach Logan begins to develop a relationship with Yukio. When she fails to kill Logan Shingen sends the Hand after them again and Logan discovers that Yukio was Yukio working with Shingen, but she was the one that poisoned him costing him the duel for Mariko. After taking out the Hand Logan returns and fights Shingen once more but this time the fight he ends with Logan killing him with his claws. Mariko then says that her father was corrupt, and she was prepared to kill him herself and then take her own life in ritualistic suicide. Mariko and Logan then reconcile and plan to marry.
Wolverine had invited all his X-Men friends on the day of the wedding, but just before they wanted to say the ‘I do’, Mariko walked up to Logan and told him she did not love him. Logan was stunned, and above all, heartbroken. It turned out that this was not Mariko’s own decision, but Mastermind’s manipulating her, he was an old enemy to the X-Men. Wolverine fell into a deep angry mood. He however found some new excitement when ex-criminal and former enemy Rogue joined the X-men. He had fought her once before in which she nearly killed him, but now she came to the X-Men in search of help to control her powers, and wanting to change her life. Almost nobody believed her, but Wolverine felt less mistrustful towards her and he took Rogue on a trip to Japan. There the two strangely enough soon become friends. She returned as a fully respected X-woman. Around the same time, the spirit of Wolverine’s old Martial Arts trainer Ogun had taken an interest in Kitty Pryde. Kitty had gone to Japan in search of her father, but soon found herself mind-controlled by Ogun, whom trained and manipulated her from beyond the grave.
Eventually, Wolverine managed to bring Kitty out of her trance and together they managed to stop Ogun, after which they returned to America. Wolverine and the other X-Men then entered the Secret Wars. Upon their return they where teleported to Japan and opposed a huge green dragon who ravaged the city. A building came down and a woman was mortally wounded. Wolverine rushed to her, hoping to save her, but it was already to late. With her dying breath she asked Logan to look after her daughter Amiko, to which Logan gave her his promise. He became the foster-father to Amiko, and visits her as often as he can, but Logan gave her a home in Japan with his good friend and former lover Yukio. Back in the United States, things went downhill for Charles Xavier. With a body that had to get back to health, Xavier remained very fragile. During a court-session in which former arch enemy Magneto stood trail, Xavier collapsed during a fight and could only be saved if given medical care from the Shi’ar. Xavier left and Magneto became mentor to the New Mutants, and teammate to Wolverine and the X-Men at the same time. Many team-members did not trust Magneto, including Logan. Cyclops even left the team with his wife Madelyne Pryor and his newborn son, started X-Factor and left Storm in charge. However, they soon began trusting Magneto, becoming allies and even friends.
For full arc summary see: Mutant Massacre
Wolverine and the X-Men soon met their greatest threat yet, in the form of the mutant hunting Marauders. Under the tunnels of Manhattan lived the Morlocks, an underground civilization of mutants. Storm had become their leader after she had bested their former leader Callisto. The X-Men where alerted by a giant “mole like’ Morlock whom stormed into the yard of Xavier’ school. With his dying breath he told them of a slaughter going on in the tunnels by a group of hunters. The X-Men soon went underground and into the tunnels. What they found was a large number of dead Morlocks. It was not soon before they found the Marauders and fought them, with heavy casualties. Colossus could not change back to his human form, Kitty stayed in her phasing form (becoming much like a ghost) and Nightcrawler was injured as well.
The X-Men found out that they were not alone in the tunnels, Cyclops’ team, X-Factor was also fighting the Marauders with their own dramatic consequences (the former X-Men Angel lost his wings). The X-Men returned to the school with their casualties, but Wolverine went back in to the tunnels to fight. There he first encountered the child super-team Power Pack. He was just about to tell them to leave the tunnels when he came eye in eye with Sabretooth. He noticed that Sabretooth had been slaughtering many more Morlocks, and was about to kill and old Morlock man with the gift to heal almost any injury, named the Healer. Logan knew how valuable the Healer could be in treating all the wounded Morlocks and got Sabretooth to let him go by saying “your fighting old men now, is that the best you can do or wanna try fighting against a real challenge” namely, himself. His plan worked and a brutal fight erupted with Wolverine coming out victorious.
The Morlocks seemed to be saved from more harm, but not a few days later, Sabretooth re-emerged. He fought against Elizabeth Braddock, known as Psylocke, a new recruit to the X-Men. She managed to hold him off long enough for Wolverine to arrive and finally making an end to the thread, pushing him of a cliff and into the water. For now, the mutants were saved. But the threat was far from over. While Cyclops seemed to have vanished, he left his wife Madelyne Pryor and his son unprotected for the Marauders who where now attacking there. The X-Men luckily were hot on their trail and saved Madelyne from certain death and they managed to defeat the Marauders at the same time. Madelyne then joined the team, she and Wolverine soon became good friends, with Logan calling her “Maddy”. The X-Men’s next mission was in Dallas, Texas. It ended with the X-Men giving their lives up in order to defeat an incredible thread called the Advisory. All the X-Men (except for the still injured and absent Kitty Pryde and Nightcrawler) seemingly sacrificed their lives. However, nothing was further from the truth. Roma, the omniversal guardian, saved the lives of the X-Men, because they still had great things to do. The X-Men however decided to keep a low profile, letting everybody think they had died, even to their own teammates Kitty and Nightcrawler.
Wolverine in Australia
Right after Wolverine’s mission in Texas, they fought a criminal group of cyborgs called the Reavers out of their base, a deserted Australian desert town and made it their own headquarters. On top of a mountain near the village was an Aboriginal mutant named Gateway, whom teleported the X-Men to where ever they wanted to go. They had various missions, including a second encounter against the Brood and the team uncovered the horrible truth about mutants that were used as slaves on the island nation of Genosha. After this the events of Inferno took place. The leader behind the Marauders, Mister Sinister made himself known. He turned out be to be the creator of Madelyne, who was a clone of Jean Grey. Through mind-control and Madelyne’s sincere anger towards Cyclops for leaving her and her baby, she became the evil Goblin Queen.
Although Logan tried to reason with Madelyne, the battle that followed left Madelyne dead, and the X-Men feeling defeated. Logan however did find out that Jean Grey, whom was believed dead for many years, was alive and working with X-Factor from the beginning. Upon completion of a mission the X-Men teleported to their headquarters but unbeknownst to everybody, a girl named Jubilee followed Wolverine into the portal and remained hidden in their headquarters for some time. Feeling lost and wanting to quit the lives they once led, the X-Men all went through a portal that erased their memories and scattered them around the earth. All except for Wolverine. He was attacked by the returned Reavers group whom tried to reclaim their base. Being the only X-Men member left, Logan was defeated, nailed to a cross and left for dead. It was not until then that Jubilee made herself known. She rescued Logan by helping him off the iron X-shaped cross and they fled.
With Jubilee as his only companion, Logan set out to search for the other X-Men. He did so with his undercover identity and alias known as “Patch”. The first X-(wo)man he found was Psylocke. But not the British Psylocke Logan knew, now she was transformed into an Asian ninja by the cult known as the Hand. Logan helped her to get rid of the Hand influence, and although she did regain her own consciousness, she remained more aggressive then before and kept her Asian looks. They soon found other X-Men such as Dazzler, Colossus and Storm …….
Wade Wilson’s early life is mostly unknown. His mother died of cancer while he was young and his father (who was in the military) was physically abusive. Wade was a deliquent in his teenage years, possibly to spite his father. However one night while drinking with his friends his father attempt to take him out of the club one of his friends stole Wade’s Fathers handgun and killed him. Following a brief stint of military service, Wade began his mercenary career while still in his late teens. Accepting assassination jobs only against those whom he felt deserved death, he made a habit of using plastic surgery and technology to take on a new identity whenever he failed an assignment. Many years later Deadpool’s nemesis T-Ray accused Deadpool of killing his wife and stealing his identity after a failed mission, but Deadpool’s restored memories revealed this to be a lie; in T-Ray’s account Wade was wearing his Deadpool costume, which he didn’t have in till after he joined Weapon X.
Little is known of Wilson’s subsequent mercenary activities. At one point he was active in Tangier, Morocco, where he romanced a woman named Francie. When this relationship soured, he traveled throughout Asia, and was hired in Japan by a crimelord, the Boss, to infiltrate a sumo-wrestling ring owned by a rival criminal, the Oyakata. Wilson spent three years as a wrestler under the Oyakata’s tutelage and became romantically involved with his mentor’s daughter, Sazae. When the Boss finally ordered the Oyakata’s murder, Wilson refused to complete his assignment, allegedly the first time he had ever done so, and relocated to the United States.
In America, Wilson met and fell in love with teenage prostitute Vanessa Carlysle, with whom he shared dreams of a better life. Wilson was subsequently hired by Middle Eastern interests to assassinate a blind British government operative named Althea, also known as Blind Al, but upon arrival at the Zaire base where she was stationed, he killed everyone except for Al who had fled. Wilson’s employers sought vengeance for his failure by targeting Vanessa, who was rescued by Zoe Culloden, an employee of the interdimensional firm Landau, Luckman, Lake, and LeQuare. Culloden was keeping Wilson under surveillance, believing he was destined to play a vital part in a potential threat to the world.
Learning that he had contracted cancer, Wilson broke up with Vanessa rather than force her to remain with a terminally ill man. In Canada, he was offered hope in the form of Department K, a special weapons development branch of the Canadian government. Wilson became a test subject in Department K’s branch of the joint U.S./Canadian superhuman enhancement project, the Weapon X Program; his cancer was temporarily arrested via the implantation of a healing factor derived from another Department K agent, the mutant adventurer Wolverine. Wilson was active in a covert field unit alongside the near-invulnerable Sluggo and the cyborgs Kane and Slayback. Vanessa herself was later affiliated with the team after having manifested mutant shapeshifting abilities, calling herself Copycat.
During one mission, Wilson killed his teammate Slayback. As a result, he was rejected from the Weapon X Program and sent to the Hospice, allegedly a government facility where failed superhuman operatives were treated. However, unknown to the Canadian government, the Hospice’s patients served as experimental subjects for Doctor Killebrew and his sadistic assistant Ajax, with the patients placing bets in a “deadpool” as to how long each subject would live. Killebrew subjected Wilson to various torturous experiments for his own deranged satisfaction. In due course, Wilson formed a semi-romantic relationship with the cosmic entity Death, who regarded him as a kindred spirit. Wilson’s emotional strength during his trials earned him the respect of his fellow Hospice patients. Then Ajax, angered by Wilson’s taunts, lobotomized one of Wilson’s friends. At Death’s prompting, Wilson killed his friend to end his suffering. However, under Killebrew’s rules any patient who killed another was to be executed; Ajax subsequently tore out Wilson’s heart and left him for dead, but Wilson’s thirst for vengeance was so strong that it jumpstarted his healing factor, regenerating his heart, although not curing his scarred body. Wilson then attacked Ajax, leaving him for dead in turn, and, taking the name Deadpool, escaped from the Hospice with his fellow patients.
Following his escape, Deadpool served for a time as an enforcer alongside the surgically altered criminal Hammerhead. He soon returned to his freelance mercenary activities, donning a costume in keeping with his new identity. At some point during his mercenary career he was employed as an assassin by Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin of crime. He also clashed with Wolverine, at that time a spy for the Canadian government. Also, at some point during these years, Deadpool caught up with Blind Al and kept her a prisoner in his home. Al’s attempts to escape only resulted in death for those whose help she sought, leaving her no choice but to resign herself to captivity.
Some years after escaping the Hospice, Deadpool, perhaps seeking compensation for the injuries inflicted upon him by Killebrew, returned to the Canadian government and was treated by Doctor Walter Langkowski, the bestial Sasquatch of Canada’s super-team Alpha Flight. Deadpool soon found government work unsuited to his temperament, and he abandoned this endeavor. Hired by the criminal genius known as the Wizard, Deadpool at first went to the wrong address and received a job impersonating the criminal Hobgoblin. When again contacted by the Wizard, he joined with fellow criminals the Taskmaster and the Constrictor in a short-lived version of the Frightful Four. When this plan also failed, Deadpool sought to reclaim his position as the Kingpin’s assassin, only to be challenged by fellow assassin Bullseye. Deadpool began frequenting the mercenary hangout called the Hellhouse, where the diminutive Patch issued assignments. There he clashed with T-Ray, a sorcerer and assassin to whom he took an immediate dislike. He subsequently found employment with the time-traveling arms merchant Tolliver, in whose service he was reunited with Sluggo and Copycat. Unbeknownst to Deadpool, Tolliver subsequently sent Copycat to impersonate another mutant mercenary, Domino. Deadpool also recruited a man named Weasel to act as his weapon supplier, and the two became fast friends.
In 1939, National Comics (later to become DC Comics), was looking for a new super hero—a character who could build on the success of Superman. Editor Vin Sullivan turned to what appeared to be an unlikely creative source, gag cartoonist Bob Kane, and asked him to design a new hero. Kane conceived one of the most popular and enduring characters of the twentieth century—The Batman. The first Batman story, “The Case of the Chemical Syndicate,” was written by Bill Finger and drawn by Kane. It was published in Detective Comics #27, which hit newsstands on March 30, 1939 (cover date: May 1939).
In his first story, Batman was introduced as bored socialite Bruce Wayne. Donning his iconic costume, he became a ruthless crime-fighter who dispatched thugs with grim satisfaction. “A fitting end for his kind,” Batman announced, after knocking a criminal into a vat of acid.
Batman utilized his Utility Belt for the first time to remove a glass pellet filled with deadly gas in Detective Comics #29 (July 1939). The first boomerang-like Batarang and the first bat-themed vehicle, the Batplane, made their debuts in Detective Comics #31 (September 1939).
Batman’s tragic origin story, in which a mugger guns down Bruce Wayne’s parents as the family walks home from a movie, was introduced six months after his debut, in Detective Comics #33 (November 1939).
Everything I’ve done, everything I’ll do today, everything I’ll ever do, I do to protect this world. Someone once told me that with great power comes great responsibility. That’s usually thought of as a lesson for children. A simple injunction to do the right thing. But there’s nothing simple about it. When I put on this armor, I took on more power than any human was ever intended to have… and maybe more responsibility than my heart can truly bear. But today… I will do my job. I will protect you. No matter what it takes…