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The Evolution Of Wolverine
How the metal-boned mutant’s uniform has changed through the years

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The Evolution Of Wolverine | The Fang (1977)
The Fang (1977)

The Members Only jacket of Wolverine’s early years, this monstrous ensemble is the character’s most egregious wardrobe malfunction to date. An abomination (actually, even the Abomination wouldn’t have worn it) without peer, it darkened the pages of X-Men #107 and 108 before artist Dave Cockrum did a swift volte-face and reverted to his classic look thereafter. A tribal-inspired onesie with skull ‘n’ tooth trimmings, it’s hard to see what possessed them to go in this direction with the character. The only good thing to come out of the Fang fiasco (named for the alien warriorfrom whom Wolverine stole it) was the palette, which would survive to inspire his next makeover a few years later. Interestingly, the costume would rear its ugly face once more in a sly nod to fans, sported by Wolverine clone X-23 when she first encounters the X-Men in X-Men #451.

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1 RE: Brown and Tan - John Byrne Classic
L: Gouken I started reading comics during the early 80s. It was the Dave Cocrum era... his was because the comic books arrived in Portugal via a Brazilian editor and the stories were lagging about 3-5 years behind... I also remember the 1st Vindicator story when Logan is seen at the start ditching the horrible "Claw" uniform for his classic blue/yellow. More

Posted by Gouken on Wednesday July 24, 2013, 13:09

2 Brown and Tan - John Byrne Classic
I started reading comics during the early 80s. It was the Dave Cocrum era... and of all these the Brown and Tan is also my favourite. John Byrne based it on the fur markings of a real wolverine and debuted it in a kick ass story where Wolverine and Nightcrawler go to Canada and get to fight the Wendigo. One of his last stories on that run and a great parting gift. Plus you get to see Wolvie going all out in a proper berserker rage. And this was before they pumped up the healing factor from "hard to kill" to "imortal" so stories were cooler. More

Posted by Gouken on Wednesday July 24, 2013, 13:05

3 82' not 88'...
....was Frank Millers Wolverine Limited Series, on which the new film is based. Think Buscema did the 88 series. More

Posted by richiecola on Tuesday July 23, 2013, 18:29

4 X-Force
X-Force is baaaaad ass ! The 1988 is actual Frank Miller drawing Wolvie for his first full series. I believe Wolvie has 2 regular monthly books, as well as being in both X-Men teams, and The Avengers + the occasional team up. My personal faves were Wolverine Vol 2 issue 7 & 8, in Madripoor as Patch goes up against Grey Hulk aka Mr Fixit (Wolvie wins) then Punisher (vol 5 or 6 ??) vs Wolvie, Daredevil and Spidey AT THE SAME TIME. Punisher wins by shooting off Wolvie's naughty bits with a shotgun, then parking a steam-roller on top of him. No wonder he's so grumpy, GIVE HIM A DAY OFF ! More

Posted by danielthompson99 on Tuesday July 23, 2013, 17:14


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