After over 1,200 ballots were cast, YOU the reader ranked your favorite comic book characters from 1-10. I assigned point totals to each ranking and then my friend Chris tabulated it all into a Top 50 list. We’re now revealing that list throughout the next few weeks. The countdown concludes…
3. Wolverine – 2902 points (66 first place votes)
Created by Len Wein and John Romita (based on an idea by Roy Thomas), Wolverine was originally a foe for the Hulk. But when Wein was tasked with created a new group of international X-Men, he quickly thought about Wolverine, who was Canadian.
He joined the X-Men, but it was not until fellow Canadian, John Byrne, took over as X-Men artist that Wolverine began to shine, like when all his teammates were captured by the Hellfire Club, Wolverine managed to surprise everyone…
The next issue, he made his way to save his teammates…
While we knew that Wolverine was a hard-edged killer before this point, this was still one of the rare occasions that we actually got to SEE Wolverine’s savagery in action.
Eventually, his personality would begin to be flushed out. Wolverine was a man prone to berserker rages, but he also had a noble warrior side to him. His mutant healing powers served him well in battle, along with the nigh unbreakable metal skeleton he had (complete with claws!).
Over the years, he became more and more of a leader of the X-Men, to the point where he even founded his OWN school for mutants, where he was co-headmaster. Sadly, his healing powers were then stolen from him by some bad guys and he eventually was killed by having molten adamantium poured all over him.
An older version of Wolverine from an alternate reality has made his way to the regular Marvel Universe and will soon have his own ongoing series as Old Man Logan. Similarly, his young female clone, formerly known as X-23, will be taking over as the new Wolverine shortly in her own ongoing series.
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