Wolverine Files Chronology

Version 4.08, last updated on April 24, 2011

X-Men #111I vividly remember the day in 1978 when I walked into the local 7-11 and discovered a copy of Uncanny X-Men #111 on the wire comic book carousel.

It wasn’t until later that I realized I had embarked upon a journey through the golden age of X-Men comics by the legendary Chris Claremont and John Byrne, though I was aware enough to be mesmerized by this short, hairy and cantankerous Canadian hero who went by the name of THE Wolverine.

Before long, the mystery of Wolverine’s seemingly contradictory past both intrigued and infuriated me, especially when tantalizing nuggets of his previous escapades were revealed. As Chris Claremont noted, “My gut feeling has been that less is more, that certain characters benefited from an over-arching sense of mystery. Wolverine’s a character that deserves to have a certain measure of mystery to his life.”[1]

Wolverine say, Sing canary in X-Men #111For the next few years, my best friend and I would talk endlessly about every single revelation of Wolverine’s past. I even started a notebook tracking all references of his life before he joined the X-Men. Later it became a Word document that I updated and rewrote as more and more entries sprang to life from the pages of various Marvel comics.

After more than 25 years, I finally decided it was time to put it on the Web and let others enjoy the fruits of my obsessive compulsion. So in the pages that follow, I have attempted to make sense of that past, weaving a chronological tapestry out of Wolverine’s frustratingly enigmatic life as James Howlett, Logan, Weapon X and Wolverine.

In this, the fourth edition of the Wolverine Chronology, I have made significant changes to accommodate the waves of origin stories that have been produced over 30 some years, each building (and sometimes contradicting) the stories that came before them. Now as you read each chapter of Logan’s life, you will see the evolution of his origin over time, beginning, for instance, with Chris Claremont’s mystery-shrouded foundation, followed by Larry Hama’s overly confusing, at times self-contradictory Cold War tapestry, all the Way to Wolverine: Origins and its overarching tale of subjugation, brainwashing and abject criminality.

So without further ado, here is my speculative (though highly comprehensive) journey through Wolverine’s past with the first stop being his creation within the walls of Marvel Comics…

000: Whence Came The Wolverine: Wolverine’s behind-the-scenes origin at Marvel…
001: Lil’ Logan: Logan’s original childhood before ‘Wolverine: The Origin’ was published…
002: The Howletts: Logan’s earliest days as young James Howlett…
003: Days of Whine and Roses: James Howlett becomes young Logan…
004: Dog, Sabretooth and Silver Fox: Logan’s first encounter with Sabretooth and Silver Fox…
005: The Amazing Skunk-Bear: Logan’s life with the Hudson’s Bay Company…
006: The Great War: Logan’s time during World War I…
007: The Roaring Twenties: Logan’s experiences during the 1920s…
008: The Thirties: Logan’s adventures during the 1930s…
009: Wax On, Wax Off, Master Ogun: Logan’s training as a ninja and samurai…
010: World War II: The ever-growing chapter of Logan’s WWII experiences…
011: Landau, Luckman & Lake (and Jasmine Falls): Logan’s life after the War…
012: Team: Logan, Creed, Maverick and Wraith…

Hold tight as I roll out the fourth editions of the following chapters in the coming weeks…

013: Secret Agent Man, Eh?: Logan’s first go-around with Canadian Intelligence…
014: Weapon X Origins: The history of Experiment X…
015: Adamantium: The story of how Logan received his adamantium skeleton…
016: Memory Implants: The altering of Logan’s memories at Experiment X…
017: Ultimate Warrior: The reprogramming of Logan at Experiment X…
018: Escape from Weapon X: Logan’s escape from Experiment X…
019: The Hudsons: Logan’s relationship with Mac and Heather…
020: License to Kill: Logan’s return to Canadian Intelligence…
021: Department H: Logan revealed as Canada’s Weapon X…
022: The Flight: Logan and his time with the fledgling Alpha Flight…
023: The Best There Is: Logan returns to black ops…

Very old versions of the following chapters will be updated shortly as well…

024: The Wolverine:  Logan as THE Wolverine…
025: The X-Men: The Wolverine joins the X-Men (v. 1.01 is currently live)…
026: Death in the Family: The X-Men endure their first casualty (v. 1.01 is currently live)…
027: The Phoenix: Jean Grey becomes the Phoenix (v. 1.00 live)…
028: Where No X-Men Has Gone: The M’kraan Crystal saga (v. 1.01 live)…
029: Missing, Presumed Dead: The “death” of the X-Men (v. 1.01 live)…
-030: Dark Phoenix: Coming eventually…

And last but now least, the Wolverine Files also boasts several other engaging and worthwhile features including…

Wolverine Files Blog: The latest Wolverine reviews, updates and more…
Wolverine Files on Facebook: The latest Wolverine news (please ‘Like’ us while you’re there)…
Classic Wolverine Covers: The greatest Wolverine covers starting with Incredible Hulk #181…
Wolverine Files Forum: Our friendly neighborhood community for Wolverine discussions…
‘Logan: Shattered Memories’: Script pages, artwork and reviews for a proposed miniseries…
‘Wolverine: Guilt’: Script pages and reviews for a proposed Wolverine one-shot…

[1] “Wendigo,” Wizard Wolverine Masterpiece Edition, Dec. 2004.

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