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

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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)…

Now, that’s how we all saw it originally, but that’s apparently not what REALLY happened. Want to see what REALLY happened? Go to the next page to find out…

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