WOLVERINE #1-4 (1982)

So much has been written about this very influential miniseries that I don’t want to belabor it on my little site. Suffice to say that before this, Wolverine was a favorite of some X-Men fans but after this, he was a favorite of just about everyone. The book added depth and weight and backstory (but not too much!), and was one of the early books to contain a heavy Japanese influence.

The splash page alone contained the iconic phrase about Wolverine being the best at what he does.

And he is.

Then he kills a bear. Then gets into a bar fight. Then goes to Japan to save his beloved Mariko from her own crime family. That’s the main story. And it includes the first appearance of the assassin Yukio…

…And includes The Hand, ninjas introduced by Frank Miller in Daredevil.

And it ends with a wedding invitation.

And here’s an influence this book had that you probably haven’t heard before:

David Mack stole Frank Miller’s close-up face shot for Kabuki #1.

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