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COMIC LEGEND: A rejected facial design for Wolverine ended up becoming Sabreooth!
An interesting aspect about a lot of comic book creators is that a lot of them are comic book fans themselves and follow the adventures of characters in other books. Almost certainly, then, while reading these other comics these creators all have ideas of what THEY’D do if they ever got a chance to work on the other books. That was something that John Byrne likely took into consideration back in 1976 while he was working on Iron Fist with writer Chris Claremont. He knew Claremont was writing X-Men with artist Dave Cockrum and Byrne knew that so far the character Wolverine (who Byrne always had a certain affinity for, considering that both he and Wolverine were Canadian) had not taken off his mask.
So Byrne designed an idea of what he thought Wolverine would look like.
Here it is, courtesy of JohnByrneSays…
He sent it to Claremont, who informed him that Cockrum had already designed a face for Wolverine.
Byrne then put away the design. A year later, though, Claremont was planning a new character named Sabretooth. Byrne took out his old design and with some slight alterations, they used it for Sabretooth.
Amusingly enough, both men were then inspired by the design to believe that maybe Sabretooth and Wolverine were RELATED, a story that I’ve featured in the past in Comic Book Legends Revealed. Isn’t it funny how these things evolve? A rejected design leads instead to the design of a new character which in turn leads to a connection between two characters that eventually became one of the great comic book rivalries of the 1980s and 1990s!
Check out some classic Comic Book Legends Revealed also involving John Byrne!
Did Howard Mackie and John Byrne ALSO plan on erasing the marriage between Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson?
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