The Abandoned An’ Forsaked - Was Wolverine the First X-Man?!

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.

I was always planning to this as a follow-up to last week's Abandoned an' Forsaked, but I'll give a shout out to commenter Nissus, who commented in that column about this topic, as well. So today we look at the out there goodness of Wolverine...the first X-Man?!

In the original comic books, Wolverine first met Professor Charles Xavier when Xavier asked him to join the X-Men in Giant Size X-Men #1 (by Len Wein and Dave Cockrum)...

Even the big retcon of last week maintained that that was the first time that they met (Xavier was just AWARE of Wolverine as soon as Wolverine fought the Hulk), as revealed in Wolverine: Origins #29 (by Daniel Way and Mike Deodato), we see that Xavier knew of Wolverine's plans to kill him way back when Wolverine first fought the Hulk...

In Uncanny X-Men #104 (by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum and Sam Grainger), Magneto is freed and faces off against the All-New, All-Different X-Men for the first time...

However, as it turns out, these were NOT the first times that Wolverine met Professor Xavier and Magneto. Nope, he met them years earlier when Wolverine was...the first X-Man?!

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