Comic Book Legends Revealed #446
COMIC LEGEND: John Byrne and Roger Stern were nearly the first creators to establish that Wolverine was old enough to fight in World War II.
Uncanny X-Men #268 is a famous story in X-Men history, not only for Jim Lee’s iconic drawing of Captain America that opened the issue…
but for the fact that amazingly enough, it was the very FIRST comic book to firmly establish that Logan (the X-Man known as Wolverine) was an adult during World War II, as we see him meet Captain America in 1941…
There slowly had been allusions to Wolverine being a lot older than he looked, but it had never been actually established as such until this comic. Once this comic came out, of course, it was like a dam broke and we got COUNTLESS stories about Wolverine in the past, but up until this point it was never actually made explicit.
Amazingly enough, this 1990 story was nearly beat to the punch by a DECADE!
During their classic (but sadly short-lived) run on Captain America in 1980 (here is an iconic double-page spread by Byrne…
), John Byrne and Roger Stern planned on revealing that Wolverine and Captain America had known each other in World War II!
Byrne explained the story idea to Comics Journal in 1980…
Most of the fans I’ve talked to–and most of the mail has agreed–say that they like picking up the facts in dribs and drabs. One of these days, Roger and I have a Captain America story we’d like to do, guest-starring the X-Men, where Cap will be talking ot a couple of them, and Wolverine is real quiet at first. And when he finally speaks, Cap will do a take and say, “Corporal Logan?” Because, you see, Cap met him during the war. Ant that might be the first time in one of the books we come out and say just how old this guy is.
of course, he also added…
Unless we change our minds.
As it turned out, the point was a moot one since Stern and Byrne left the book by the end of the year. Still, that’d be a fascinating place to learn such major information about Wolverine, no?
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