Name: James Howlett, now goes by Logan
Occupation: (current) Adventurer, member of the
X-Men, (possible former) Samurai, (former) CIA operative,
member of Canada's Weapon X program, leader of Alpha Flight,
bartender on Madripoor
Other Aliases: Weapon X, Patch
Place of Birth: Unknown, presumably in Canada.
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: John Howlett (father, deceased),
Elizabeth Howlett (mother, presumed deceased) "The
Old Man" (unnamed grandfather, presumed deceased)
Windsong (wife, deceased)
Base of Operations: (current) Xavier Institute
for Higher Learning, (former) the Clan Yashida compound
in Japan, Department H in Canada.
Group Affiliation: (current) X-Men, (former) Clan
Yashida, the Weapon X Program, Alpha Flight
First Appearance: THE INCREDIBLE HULK #181
History: In the late 1880's a child by the name
of James Howlett was born. As a child James was a frail
and sick boy. His allergies didn't allow him to go out
and play much. His father had requested that a twelve
year old girl be brought to their estate. That girl was
named Rose and she was to be a friend and play mate to
James. She read to him and looked after him. Along with
the grounds keeper's son, Dog, James and Rose were the
only children on the hill where the estate was. They had
become close friends and played together as much as possible
but Dog slowly grew away from them. Dog's father, the
grounds keeper was named Thomas Logan, he was an alcoholic
and abuse his son.
Over the next few years Dog started to follow in his
father footsteps, becoming cruel and heartless. James
was given more responsibilities by his father and grandfather.
After a big fight, Dog killed James's K-9 companion which
resulted in the Logans getting kicked off the Howlett
In a fit of rage and anger Thomas Logan and his son entered
the estate armed. They then took Rose hostage and demanded
that she take them to the masters' bedroom. There the
elder Logan tried to persuade James's mother, Elizabeth,
to leave with them. Before they could leave John entered
the room and discovered them together. In a rage of hate
and dislike Thomas shot John as James walked into the
room. Seeing his father shot and killed shocked him so
much that it triggered his latent mutant abilities. His
claws extended and continued through Thomas.
his mother shunned him for his unusual abilities he fled
the house. Rose followed to see what she could do. She
found James outside the house on the ground and cold.
She brought him to the barn in order to try and warm him
up. Not knowing what to do Rose brought James to his grandfather
house. He ended up giving them cash and told them never
to come back again.
Rose took James and went to British Columbia looking
for a place that they could live in peace. Rose remembered
her father talking of quarries in the Northern frontiers
and she figured that would be a good place for them to
start looking. Making it to a quarry, they met a man named
Smitty who was the foreman. That is when Rose gave James
the name Logan to hide his true identity.
By the second summer there Logan was providing for both
Rose and himself. He had trained himself to be a fine
hunter and he also worked hard at the quarry. Smitty even
gave him a new job in demolitions. Shortly after that
Smitty asked Rose to marry him. The proposal upset Logan
but he finally realized that Smitty did indeed love Rose.
Logan then helped Smitty get money for tickets away from
Before Smitty and Rose could leave Dog showed up. At
the request of Logans grandfather he was to kill Logan
and Rose for what he believed they did. In the fight that
followed Rose tried to break it up but was struck by Logans
claws and died. After that, not being able to live among
people for what he did he left the camp and went off into
the wilderness to live alone.
It wasn't until his first recorded encounter with the
Hulk, as an agent of Canada's
Department H, that anyone had heard of him or knew that
he was interacting with people again.
Logan possesses memories of being a Samurai in Japan,
a mercenary operative for the Central Intelligence Agency,
and a "wild man" in the Canadian wilderness.
Due to the extensive memory implants given to Logan through
the Weapon X program, any and all of these memories are
suspect. Logan has at least one memory of meeting Captain
America in World War II which was verified as true.
It is possible that Logan's healing factor grants him
an extended life span and has granted him the physical
condition of a man in his prime, despite his age.
after World War II, Logan was taken by a group of scientists
led by Dr. Cornelius as part of the Weapon X program.
Cornelius was hired to perfect and use a technique that
would bond the indestructible element adamantium to human
bone cells. Logan's skeleton was bonded to the adamantium,
and he was indoctrinated into the Weapon X assassin program.
After his encounter with the Hulk, Wolverine was conscripted
by Department H to join and lead Alpha
Flight, Canada's government-run super team. During
his leadership of Alpha Flight, Wolverine was approached
by Professor Charles Xavier,
who was looking for mutants to help his students, the
X-Men, escape from
the island-being known as Krakoa, which had captured them.
Wolverine left Alpha Flight to accompany Xavier and rescue
the captured X-Men. After Krakoa was defeated, Wolverine
decided to stay with the X-Men, for reasons which included
that he had fallen for the X-Man known as Marvel
Logan remained with the X-Men for quite some time, at
one time being their field commander, and encountering
adversaries such as Proteus, Magneto,
of Evil Mutants, the Brood, the Reavers, demons from
the dimension of Limbo,
the Morlocks, and even Dracula on one occasion.
After his encounter with the mutant assassin Omega
Red, Logan began to question the memories he possessed,
but his searches to find his true identity and memories
an encounter with the mutant Magneto on his space station
called Avalon, Wolverine attempted to defeat Magneto using
the claws presumably given to him by the Weapon X project.
Magneto retaliated, using his powers of the magnetic field
to tear the adamantium out of Wolverine's skeleton, causing
extensive injuries. These injuries shorted out Wolverine's
healing factor for a time, and Logan also discovered that
the claws that he believed a result of the Weapon X project
were in fact a natural mutation. The claws he now possesses
are bone, and a natural part of his skeletal structure.
As a result of his injuries, Logan left the X-Men for
a time, returning after he was asked by Xavier, who also
asked the mutant Cable, to
rescue the X-Men in Tibet, where they were captured during
the Phalanx invasion.
Recently, Logan was kidnapped by Tyler Dayspring, calling
himself Genesis, who wanted to make Wolverine one of his
new Horsemen. Genesis had acquired adamantium by destroying
the body of the mercenary known as Cyber, and had planned
to recreate the bonding process used on Logan years ago.
This time, however, Logan's body rejected the adamantium,
and he regressed for a time to a feral-like state.
Logan regained his lucidity, rejoined the X-Men, and
is now supervising the team while Cyclops
and Jean Grey are on
leave. Still without his Adamantium, Logan was kidnapped
by the would-be conqueror Apocalypse,
perhaps the world's first mutant, and forced to fight
the savage assassin Sabretooth
for the mantle of the Horseman Death. Viewing himself
as a more merciful candidate than his fellow mutant, Logan
fought hard to win the battle. As a result, his skeleton
again was laced with Adamantium. Under the control of
Apocalypse, Wolverine fought the X-Men ferociously in
his Death persona. But with the help of his teammates,
he eventually broke free from Apocalypse's control.
Height:5 ft. 3 in.
Weight: (without adamantium skeleton) 200 lbs.,
(with adamantium skeleton) 300 lbs.
Level: While Wolverine may be of an advanced age,
he possesses the normal human strength of a man in his
prime with his height and build who engages in intensive
regular exercise. While possessing the adamantium skeleton,
Wolverine's strength was increased to the human maximum,
making him capable of lifting (pressing) 800 lbs.
Known Superhuman Powers: Wolverine is a mutant
with a number of enhancements to his physiology. Wolverine
possesses heightened senses, making him capable of seeing
things at a maximum distance greater than that of a normal
human. His hearing is enhanced in a similar manner, and
he is able to recognize people and objects by scent, even
if that person or object is hidden. Logan can use these
enhanced senses to track anyone, with an impressive degree
He possesses retractable bone claws that are housed in
his forearms, they are part of his skeleton system. At
will Wolverine can release these claws through his skin
between the knuckles on each hand. The skin between the
knuckles tears and bleeds, but bleeding is quickly halted
by his healing factor. The claws are naturally sharp and
tougher than that of normal human bone structure. This
allows Wolverine to be able to cut through most types
of flesh and natural materials. (Note: While Wolverine
possessed his adamantium skeleton, his claws were able
to cut through almost any material without any fear of
damage to the claws.)
Lastly, Wolverine possesses an accelerated healing factor
based on his physiology. While most normal humans heal
injuries over a long period of time, Wolverine's healing
factor speeds up that natural process. Wolverine's natural
healing has been advanced to the point where he can heal
extensive injuries (such as broken limbs) in a matter
of hours to days. This factor gives him a higher resistance
to poisons and toxins, and he can recover from almost
any injury. The more extensive the injury, the longer
the healing time will be.
Wolverine is not immortal, however. If the injuries are
extensive enough, especially if they result in the loss
of vital organs, large amounts of blood, and/or loss of
physical form (such as having flesh burned away by fire
or acid), Logan can die.
Wolverine, again due to his healing factor, has an enhanced
resistance to disease, as well as an extended life span.
Despite Wolverine's chronological age, he is still as
healthy and physically fit as a man in his prime.
Abilities: Due to his extensive training as a
CIA operative, a Samurai, and as a member of the Weapon
X program, Wolverine is a master of multiple forms of
martial arts, weapons, and vehicles. He is also a trained
expert in computers, explosives, and assassination techniques.
NOTE: Hugh Jackman played him in X-Men