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Chris Claremont on Wolverine

Now, in the character's original incarnation-as established in the Incredible Hulk and later in Giant Sized X-men #1-he was a pint-sized hell-raiser with a hair-trigger temper. Sort of like synthesizing the entire destructive capabilities of the New York Giants defensive squad-plus Mark Bavaro and Phil McConkey-in a package about two-thirds the size of Joe Morris. Someone you don't want to mess with, any which way, ever. From the start, he's been one of the most popular characters in X-Men and the suggestion had been made that we star him in his own limited series. And I, ever on the prod for artists, figured Frank (Miller) would love to draw it. Frank wasn't so sure. For the most part, you see, Wolvie had been portrayed as a terminal psychotic, akin to human nitroglycerin, ready to explode into a berserker fury without warning, as likely to attack his friends and teammates as his foes. An okay character description, if you're heavily into uni-dimensional people. The problem is, it doesn't leave you-as a writer-many places to go.

Now Frank, he said flat out that he wasn't interested in drawing the adventures of a berserker psycho-killer. Which was fine with me, because neither was I in writing them. And then, I told him the idea that had been swirling about in my skull for some time-that the essence of Wolvie's character was a "failed samurai." To Samurai, duty is all, selfless service the path to their ultimate ambition, death with grace. Every facet, every moment of their lives, is absolutely under control. Wolverine, however, is almost a primal life force, totally beyond control, as graceless as can be. The one might be considered the ultimate expression of humanity-wherein the will, the intellect, totally overmaster all other aspects of existence-while the other is the total animal...

...Frank and I began discussing the central character. Who was Wolverine? What made him tick? The only story parameter we acknowledged at that time was that we wanted to utterly, ruthlessly and seemingly irrevocably destroy him. And then, maybe, make him better. But even that was open to change, depending on how our discussions of his character went. And through this discussion, a mutual image of Wolverine emerged. One we both liked. One we both could relate to and deal with. And deal with him we did, very nastily. And he hasn't been the same since.

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FEATURED IN THE WOLVERINE STORE:

Wolverine's Revenge
Strategy Guide

X-Men 2
by Chris Claremont

They live among us, each possessing special superhuman abilities—sometimes a blessing, sometimes a curse. Mutants. Since the discovery of their existence, they have been regarded with fear, suspicion, and often hatred. Across the planet, the debate rages: Are mutants the next link in the evolutionary chain or simply a new species of humanity, fighting for their share of the world?

Either way, one fact remains: Sharing the world has never been humanity’s defining trait.

There are two sects of mutants: One aims to coexist peacefully with a world that despises them; the other group strikes at intolerance with a relentless, often murderous force. But now there is a new insidious enemy, and no one will be safe. . . .

The Essential Wolverine, Vol. 1

The venerable Chris Claremont scribes the first third or so of the issues, and his are the best. You get Wolvie in top form, as he finds himself inside a web of intrigue in the seedy underworld of the fictional city of Madripoor. Claremont excels with the supporting cast, creating many memorable characters. Aging flyboy and reluctant adventurer Archie Corrigan is perhaps the best. He behaves the way any of us would if we were the ones playing sidekick to Logan, known in Madripoor as the mysterious "Patch". Read More >>

X-Treme X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills (X-Treme X-Men)
by Chris Claremont, Marvel Comics

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