He’s the ragin’ Canadian, the ol’ Canucklehead, and the best there is at what he does, bub. Sometimes he goes by Logan, other times it’s James Howlett and, often, he’s known by reputation alone. The Wolverine is not just one of the most notable superheroes in the world, but he’s now one of the most famous and well-known fictional characters, period. Wolverine’s basic attributes, like his claws, his healing factor, and his bad attitude, are widely recognizable, and his masterful portrayal by Hugh Jackman in many X-Men films has only helped his visibility. Wolverine is undoubtedly one of the most valuable properties that Marvel Comics owns, but it wasn’t always that way.
The interesting thing about Wolverine’s climb to fame is how late of a start he got when compared to other superheroes. Classic characters like Batman and Superman got their start in the 1930s, Captain America was around in World War II, and even Silver Age heroes like Spider-Man and the Avengers showed up in the ’60s. Wolverine, on the other hand, didn’t make his first appearance until 1974. Despite this delay, Wolverine became popular almost immediately, and it wasn’t long before he was considered one of the very best Marvel had to offer. However, the character needed to experience plenty of change, growth, and development to become the Wolverine that he is today. Over the years, countless creators have contributed to crafting the mutant hero that we’ve all grown to love and admire.