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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked - Was Wolverine Brainwashed Into Joining the X-Men?

In this feature we examine comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically "overturned" by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An' Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today, we look at the surprising way that the story of how Wolverine joined the X-Men was retconned into a story involving BRAINWASHING!

Wolverine made his first full appearance in Incredible Hulk #181...

He was impressive enough that Charles Xavier asked him to join the X-Men in Giant Size X-Men #1 (by Len Wein and Dave Cockrum)...

Even after joining the team, Wolverine was sort of on edge, as seen in this moment from Uncanny X-Men #96 (by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum and Sam Grainger)...

and later that same issue...

Pretty soon, though, he was feeling part of a group, as seen when he goes to visit Jean Grey in the hospital in Uncanny X-Men #101 (by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum and Frank Chiaramonte)...

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