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COMIC LEGEND: Larry Hama was forced to add words to a silent issue of Wolverine.
Wolverine #102, the final issue of Adam Kubert’s stint on Wolverine, was an interesting issue (besides being set during one of the more…interesting periods in Wolverine’s history just in general. I did a recent Abandoned Love on this era, where Wolverine had devolved into a feral state).
It had no dialogue and only had captions where Elektra tells a story of her childhood while Wolverine is off on a silent adventure.
The issue was written by Larry Hama, who wrote and drew the famous “Silent Issue” of G.I. Joe…
(Click here to read an old Comic Book Legends Revealed about how the silent issue came to be)
Reader Ariel S. asked if Wolverine #102 was originally intended as a silent issue but Hama was forced to add the captions. I asked Hama about it and he graciously filled me in:
Yes, that is true. I still didn’t like the idea of inserting words into a story that was already so effectively told with just the pictures, that I decided to tell a completely different story in the captions. You can “read” the Wolverine part in the visuals, by ignoring the captions and get a complete story, and you can read just the captions while ignoring the pictures and get a wholly different complete story, OR you can read the pictures and words together and a blended composite. I had thought that all this would have been obvious to many readers, but apparently, it was not. Some people read only one aspect and seemed to block out the others. I’ve had many fans come up to me and tell me how much they enjoyed the story about Elektra when she was a little girl, and the gardener who hadn’t always been a gardener- and they think they saw those pictures. They are taken aback when I inform them that there were no images of those scenes at all. I later wrote a story where Wolverine (during the bone-claw period) gets taken by Electra to her old home, and we actually get to see the older version of the gardener, and the would-be assassin who was forgiven.
Thanks for the info, Larry and thanks for the suggestion, Ariel!
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