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COMIC LEGEND: Marvel used to have a “rule” that Wolverine did not have arm hair while in costume.
Wolverine was handled fairly oddly early on, when things were just being figured out about the X-Men characters.
When introduced, Wolverine had no hair on his arms…
However, when Dave Cockrum drew him out of the costume….
But later in that same issue (X-Men #98), when Wolverine put the costume on, the hair disappears!
That was the original status quo. Wolverine essentially had “bare arm colored” sleeves.
When John Byrne took over the title, he was required to keep up with that “rule.”
However, George Perez then drew the cover to X-Men #112…
And you better believe Byrne looked at that and said, “Okay, open season!”
And sure enough, two issues later, the cover had one thing…
and the interiors matched…
Of course, this began a bit of a downward spiral of Wolverine hairiness…
I love weird little rules like that (“He can have hair outside the costume but not in it!”).
Thanks to John Byrne for telling this story over at his message board a few years back!
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