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Drawing Crazy Patterns – Wolverine Threatening With His Third Claw

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Drawing Crazy Patterns – Wolverine Threatening With His Third Claw

In this feature, I spotlight five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics).

Today, based on I am pretty sure a suggestion by yo go re (I’ve misplaced who suggested it), we look at five instances of Wolverine putting his two end claws on both sides of a person’s head and then threatening to “pop” his middle claw, as well.


Note that I’m only doing times he THREATENS to do it, so not the time he actually DID do it to Sabretooth.

Amazingly enough, Wolverine never used this trick in the pages of X-Men or Wolverine until Marc Silvestri was drawing the book. Until then, when Wolverine went “snikt” – it was always all three claws coming out. He would threaten people in a variation of this move, but it would be with all the claws still inside his forearm, threatening to pop them ALL.

So Uncanny X-Men #230 saw it happen for the first time (except outside of X-Men and Wolverine’s regular titles)…

Jim Lee first used it in Uncanny X-Men #258…

As it turns out, though, as luck would have it, it DID first appear outside the regular books! It first showed up in God Loves, Man Kills (a graphic novel). I’ll show you that one as a BONUS!

It also showed up in the 1987 Spider-Man vs. Wolverine one-shot.

But no one used it for eight years in the regular titles until Lee did in 1990. Then Todd McFarlane also did it in a 1991 issue of Spider-Man.

Lee used it again in a 1992 issue of X-Men #6…

The first time it showed up in Wolverine’s own series was when Darick Robertson had Wolverine do it to Shatterstsr in Wolverine #54…

Wolverine next did it in X-Men #21, when Brandon Peterson and Dan Panosian show Wolverine doubting Psylocke’s bona fides after Revanche showed up (the lady whose body Betsy was now living in, showing up wearing Betsy’s OLD body)….

Finally, in Uncanny X-Men #329, the bone claws are used (I guess this one is a double bonus!)…

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