Wolverine is a man whose greatest fear is himselfa man who must contain the beast within while he battles to protect a world that both fears and hates him!
Wolverine is one of my favorite superheroes for a couple of reasons. I don't know exactly when my infatuation took place but I started reading Wolverine comic books a while back. I think I just decided one day to pick one up and I sincerely just liked the guy. I find his lack of tact and his direct manner refreshing. He's a man of few words, but when he says something he means it. Wolverine is not your typical cut and dry good guy. He's like a shade of gray; an anti-hero of sorts that you can't help but love. The best thing about Wolverine is his big heart. Underneath that impregnable facade is a really sweet and loving man and althogh life keeps dealing him bad cards he just keeps going. I identify with Wolverine because he doesn't give up eben when the situation seems hopeless. He is just so damn awesome...
Little is known about the X-Man whose past remains shrouded in mystery save that it is fraught with pain and loss. It is possible that Wolverine's regenerative abilities have extended his life, making his age impossible to determine. There are accounts of him throughout the Civil War, Japan and modern day, but if one thing is for certain, this anti-hero's journey is not over.
...his mysterious origins
The following articles, in my opinion, do little to solve the mystery of Wolverine. If anything they make him more of an enigma. Whether as a result of poor continuity on Marvel's end as different storytellers stepped up to the plate to tell his story, or as a deliberate attempt to befuddle their readers or hint at his "immortality", Wolverine has made appearances throughout history.
Many Origins of Wolverine
From Wolverine News #1, 1994.
By Matthew Brady, Wizard #56, 1996.
By Matthew Brady, Wizard Tribute Edition: Wolverine, 1996.
- Chris Claremont on Wolverine
What are we to believe? One of the first chronological appearances would have us believe that he was a young Native American boy outcast from his tribe and forced to grow up in the wild with the help of wolverines. Another account dating back to the 1800's places him as a Blackfoot tribe member. From there he makes a cameo during the Spanish Civil War in 1937, and then he battles the Nazis in Madripoor during World War II. Finally, the next time we encouter the elusive Logan is as a Canadian secret agent.
Some claim that the storyline "24 Hours" that takes place during the 1840's (Gold Rush) could have been a memory implant, but when he goes back the cabin that he shared with Silver Fox (his Native American Lover) is definitely real. Silver Fox, however is alive in the present, making this story harder to believe unless she too has a means of "staying alive". Sometimes dreams can be real.
Unfortunately, the memory implants during the Weapon X project largely strip Logan of his identity and he is left with only shreds of memory from his former life. His incessant quest for clues often leads him into very painful situations when he realizes that all he's ever loved has been lost. Wolverine is a tortured character. He is very much a Ronin whose purpose often revolves around pulling the remnants of his life together; especially in the most recent issues (after he's lost the adamantium).
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