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The Evolution of Wolverine

THE EVOLUT√ćON OF WOLVERINE HE'S BEEN CALLED WEAPON X, WEAPON OMEGA, PATCH, JAMES HOWLETT, OLD MAN LOGAN, AND DEATH... BUT WE KNOW HIM BEST AS WOLVERINE. IN HIS NEARLY 40 YEARS OF EXISTENCE, HE'S ALSO WORN MANY COSTUMES. BELOW IS A PROGRESSION OF EVERY COSTUME HE'S EVER WORN WHILE GOING BY THE NAME "WOLVERINE." 1974 1975 1977 ORIGINAL YELLOW CLASSIC YELLOW FANG Wolverine first appeared in The Incredible Hulk wearing a costume designed by John Romita, Sr. His original mask featured a Wolverine joined the X-Men in Giant-Size X-Men #1. The legend goes that Gil Kane drew Wolverine's mask wrong on the Cockrum's final issue was Uncanny X-Men #107, and he thought it would be amusing to leave the next artist a new Wolverine cover, giving him taller Batman-like ears and blank eyes, and series artist Dave black nose and whiskers. Co-creator Len costume that would be "a bitch to draw." Wein originally intended his claws to be New series artist John Byrne wasted no time convincing his editor that they should revert it back to the Classic Yellow. attached to his gloves. Cockrum liked it so much that he redrew his pages to match. 1980 1988 1991 BROWN BLACK BLUE & GOLD However, Byrne wasn't a big fan of the bright yellow costume either, and was eventually allowed to introduce his own redesign in Uncanny X-Men #139. A year For the first year of his new self-titled ongoing series drawn by John Buscema, Wolverine wore a stealthy black costume During a story arc drawn by star artist Jim Lee, the X-Men donned identical blue and gold outfits inspired by the original 1960s black and gold uniforms. Wolverine reverted back to his Brown costume just in and face paint. Over in Uncanny X-Men he earlier he'd removed the flesh-tone sleeves continued to wear the Brown costume. from Wolverine's arms, making his arm hair visible even in costume. time for the launch of X-Men #1. 1992 1994 1996 CLASSIC YELLOW I BONE CLAWS NOSELESS After series writer Chris Claremont left, In X-Men #25, Magneto ripped the adamantium out of Wolverine's body. with artist Jim Lee. One day Lee proudly Thankfully, his bones had only been laced with the metal rather than replaced entirely. It was soon revealed that he'd been born with bone claws, though without the metal they were no longer unbreakable. After a year and a half of bone claws, fans John Byrne briefly returned to co-write were starting to get anxious. Finally, events were set in motion for his adamantium to mentioned that he'd just given Wolverine his "real" costume back. There was an be replaced in Wolverine #100. In a cruel twist, his body rejected the bonding process, and he was transformed into a noseless beast instead. awkward pause when Byrne informed him that the Brown costume had been his idea. 1996 2000 2000 NOSELESS II MOVIE (CIVILIAN) MOVIE Noseless Wolverine soon began wearing a While remaining true to the spirit of the character, the movie version of Wolverine Also, while Wolverine was traditionally bandana over his face, as if that looked any portrayed as being 5'3" in the comics, in Bryan Singer's X-Men differed slightly Hugh Jackman stood nearly at foot taller at from the comics. Most noticeably, his claws less ridiculous. Fan reaction was so the storyline that his 6'2". The color scheme of his battle negative to transformation was quietly swept under were moved so that the exited from uniform was reversed from the comics to black with yellow highlights, and did away the rug after less than a year, and never mentioned again. between his knuckles rather than from the back of his hand. with the mask. 2000 2001 2001 EVOLUTION ULTIMATE NEW (BL ACK LEATHER) An animated series titled X-Men Evolution As if three different Wolverines weren't Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's New X-Men brought the team more in line with confusing enough (comic, movie, and Evolution), Marvel created a fourth. followed the movie later that year. Wolverine's Evolution outfit the movie by giving them new black leather Wolverine's uniform took inspiration from the Brown costume, but with a more angular design, strappy boots, Ultimate X-Men was part of a rebooted line intended for new readers. His design was outfits. was a combination of the movie's costumed and and an orange and black color scheme. another variation on the Brown costume, civilian looks, with an unzipped jacket. but with a color scheme based on Fang. 2002 2003 2004 EVOLUTI ON II ULTIMATE I ASTONISHING Season three of X-Men Evolution Within a year, Ultimate Wolverine adopted Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's Astonishing X-Men ditched the black leather from New X-Men for a more introduced a new, darker costume. Like in a variation of the Evolution costume. The the movie, the animators settled on black main difference was a set of inverted stripes on his shoulders, and a belt that changed depending on the artist who drew it. from Wolverine's first costume, giving his with yellow highlights and got rid of the traditional look. Cassaday took inspiration mask. mask smaller ears (minus the whiskers). 2008 2009 2013 X-FORCE X-MEN ORIGINS THE WOLVERINE Although he continued Astonishing outfit elsewhere, Wolverine donned a black stealth costume on covert to wear the Wolverine's first solo movie did away with In the same way that the first movie costumes entirely. While he still sometimes wore the leather jacket in the film, ditched the jacket, the posters for The Wolverine show him completely shirtless. We're sensing a pattern here... missions in X-Force. The costume was promotional material for X-Men Origins: Wolverine mainly depicted him in just a based in part on both the old Brown and Black costumes. sleeveless shirt. WHICH COSTUME HAD THE LONGEST RUN? BROWN 127 MONTHS ASTONI SHING 108 MONTHS CLASSIC YELLOW II 103 MONTHS CLASSI C YELLOW 63 MONTHS X-FORCE 58 MONTHS H√§ WRITTEN & ILLU STRATED BY KATE WILLAERT EDITED BY MARLON HEIMERL, ADDITIONAL INPUT FROM JASON KNUDSON SOURCES: MARVEL.COM, BYRNEROBOTICS.COM, NERDIST WRITERS PANEL PODCAST

The Evolution of Wolverine

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This coming July 26th, we expect the highly anticipated film The Wolverine to take box offices by storm. Get it? Storm? Whether or not you plan to grab a ticket and see those adamantium claws slash up...


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