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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Wolverine Key Issue Comics List Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 to this Wolverine key issue comics list! Please remember that this Wolverine key issues list will span across various titles. The character was mainly used as a supporting role during his early career in comics, especially the X-Men.

I will only be listing important comics that significantly pertain to Wolverine's over-all mythos. There will be many issues on here that have key issue statuses of other importance, but the ones noted on this list will only be related to its featured character. 

At first this list will seem like a revamped X-Men key issues list but we will start getting into his self titled series and other comic titles as well. Click here if you missed Part 1 of this list. If not, get out your want lists and get ready to go into bezerker mode.

THE X-MEN #101
Wolverine's feelings for Jean Grey revealed

If there was the ultimate love triangle ever played out in comics, the best had to be in the pages of the X-Men between Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Wolverine. In fact, the pairing of Wolverine and Jean Grey hadn't been limited to just some X-Men fans, writer Chris Claremont also wanted to pair Wolverine and Jean Grey together ever since Scott Summers ditched Madelyne Pryor in much later issues.

X-Men 101 not only sees the first appearance of Phoenix, but also sees the first time Wolverine admits to having feelings for Jean Grey. It would be later revealed that Jean Grey also shares an attraction for Wolverine as well, but does not love him like she does Scott Summers. Just like Wolvie to bring out that primal urge in a woman.

The often messed up relationship between Jean and Wolverine has been a big part of his character throughout the years, so this one goes down as a key issue belonging on this list. This was published, October, 1976.

mycomicshop - Only one CGC copy here at the moment. It's a 9.2 and a Signature Series signed by Chris Claremont. Three unslabbed copies with the highest being a VF/NM 9.0 and the lowest a 4.0 VG that's up for auction.

eBay - Definitely not scarce on the mighty eBay for this key issue. Quite a few unslabbed and CGC slabs at the moment. No problem finding 9.6 or 9.4 slabs. A good deal on them is a different story, though.

ComicLink - More CGC options to compare prices. Two CGC 9.8s and two CGC 9.6 NM+s here for now. No unslabbed copies.

ComicConnect - Two very high grade CGC copies here. One is a 9.8 and the other a 9.6 NM+. One unslabbed copy as well, and it's a 9.2 low NM.

THE X-MEN #109
First time Wolverine referred to as Weapon X
First appearance of The Guardian 
First appearance of James Hudson
First appearance of Department H

 A whopper of of an X-Men key issue that has quite a bit of important details that further sheds some light on Wolverine's mysterious past, X-Men #109 sees the first appearance of James Hudson, revealed to be a secret agent for the Canadian government defense program called Department H. Although unnamed, the first appearance of Department H is also in this issue.

Tasked with a mission to retrieve his once partner, James Hudson suits up in the famous battle suit as The Guardian. He would later be known as Vindicator.

Once found, Guardian tells Wolverine that he is still the property of the Canadian government and for the first time in comics, Wolverine is referred to as his other famous codename that comic fans would identify the feisty mutant with - Weapon X.

mycomicshop - Two slabs here. The CGC copy is a 9.6 NM+ and a Signature Series signed by Stan Lee. The second copy is a PGX 9.2.

eBay - Selection for CGC copies is a bit more limited with this key on eBay. Highest is a 9.8 and located a few 9.4 NM slabs as well. There's a few raw copies if you're not into third party graded books.

ComicLink - Two 9.6 NM+ copies here and one unslabbed 9.2 low NM for now.

ComicConnect - Two CGC copies at the moment of this writing. An awesome 9.8 and a 9.2 low NM are ready for the taking. A 9.2 low NM is the highest out of two unslabbed copies.

THE X-MEN #118
First appearance of Mariko Yashida

Another important character in the history of Wolverine's mythos, Mariko Yashida is another well-known and fan-favorite past lover of Logan, and the first appearance of Mariko Yashida is in the pages of  this comic, X-Men #118. The character has already been featured in The Wolverine movie, and would appear in the comics quite often in some of the best and fan-favorite story arcs involving the mutie bezerker. 

Not just a great X-Men key issue, but also a great Wolverine key issue to own also. This comic was published February, 1979.

mycomicshop - Three graded slabbers with the highest being a CGC 9.8 and the other a CGC 9.6 NM+. The last option for slabs is a 9.0 PGX. Three high grade raw copies with one up for auction at the moment.

eBay - Good amount of copies for both raw unslabbers and slabs. Plenty of high grade slabs. Just click the blue eBay link to be taken to the search results for X-Men #118.

ComicLink - Quite a few copies here. A gorgeous 9.8 resides here just ready for the taking. Also, quite a few beautiful CGC 9.6 NM+ copies as well. Three unslabbed copies with the highest being a 9.0 VF/NM.

ComicConnect - Only one CGC copy so far and it's a whole lot of awesome at a 9.8! Two unslabbed raw copies also. A solid NM is the best grade so far out of the two. Lowest raw copy is a 6.0 FN.

THE X-MEN #119
2nd appearance of Mariko Yashida

Wouldn't be a Wolverine key issue comics list without the 2nd appearance of Mariko Yashida, would it? Of course, it wouldn't and that's why it's listed here.

For those of you who like to collect or invest in 2nd appearances of comic characters, this one would one for any X-Men or Wolverine fan to add their vault. This comic was published March, 1979.

mycomicshop - Five graded copies with three being CGCs and two PGXs. Two 9.8s are both CGC and so is the 9.6 NM+. Both of the PGXs are 9.2 low NM copies, and there are some unslabbed raw copies for this key issue here.

eBay - No problem finding high grade CGC copies for this one on the mighty eBay at the time of this writing. Some unslabbed copies as well but don't know how high grade they are or not. You'll just have to check it out yourself.

ComicLink - Highlights are one CGC 9.8 and quite a few CGC 9.6 copies here. Also a few high grade unslabbed copies. Highest raw copy is a 9.0 VF/NM, and there's also a VF+ raw unslabber too.

ComicConnect - A gorgeous CGC 9.6 NM+ is the top grade here so far. There's also a 9.2 low NM also. The last two are unslabbed copies and the highest among them is a 9.4 NM.

THE X-MEN #120
First brief appearance of Alpha Flight

One of the few Canadian superhero teams in comics and probably the most well-known, Alpha Flight was created by legendary comic artist John Byrne, and the team's first initial purpose was merely to add an additional backstory for Wolverine. 

X-Men #120 holds the first brief appearance of Alpha Flight, and it continues James Hudson's mission in bringing back Wolverine or Weapon X as they know him back to Canadian authorities. In this issue, The Guardian changed his name to Vindicator.

mycomicshop - Only one CGC 9.8 copy here at the time of this writing.

eBay - Plenty to choose from whether you prefer raw copies or prefer CGC graded copies. At least the selection is good at the time of this writing.

ComicLink - Only three CGC slabs in stock here. Highest is a 9.8 followed by an 8.5 VF+. Quite a few unslabbed copies to consider. Highest is a 9.0 VF/NM, and there are four of them currently.

ComicConnect - Only two CGC copies with the best being a 9.4 NM! Five unslabbed copies, and the two best are both 9.2 low NM comics.

THE X-MEN #121
First full appearance of Alpha Flight

X-Men #121 marks the first full appearance of Alpha Flight, and the two teams go at it in this issue while Alpha Flight tries to capture the rogue Wolverine and the X-Men battle to protect him. Classic X-Men key issue that's an often over-looked Wolverine key issue.

After all, Alpha Flight has become a team often linked to the X-Men bezerker, and quite a few tales regarding the Weapon X origin have become fan-favorites and extremely important stories regarding the character's past. So important that both X-Men and Wolverine movies have often referenced the Weapon X Program on screen. 

This all stemmed from The Guardian (Vindicator) and the Alpha Flight team.

mycomicshop - At the time of this writing, loads of CGC copies here with one being a PGX graded slab. Three CGC 9.8s with two of them being Signature Series and one is double signed by Chris Claremont and Stan Lee. There's also three CGC 9.6s that are all Universal. Three 9.2s and one 9.4 NM. One of the 9.2s is a PGX.

eBay - Absolutely no problem finding this issue on eBay. Plenty of unslabbed and CGC comics on here at the moment.

ComicLink - Two CGC 9.8s and six CGC 9.6s! PGX 9.2 and a CGC 8.5 VF+ also present at the moment. One unslabbed 9.0 VF/NM copy in stock for the first appearance of Alpha Flight at ComicLink.

ComicConnect - Two CGC 9.4s and one 9.8. The other two are unslabbed copies, and one is a 9.4 NM.

THE X-MEN #139
New costume for Wolverine
First appearance of Heather Hudson
Here is the comic where Wolverine first gets a make over and a new costume. This costume is the famous brown and yellow one, and that was the costume Wolvie was wearing when I first started collecting the X-Men. 

Not that many know this issue is when we first see the brown and yellow costume for the character. This issue is more well-known as when Kitty Pryde joins the X-Men team.

Also, the first appearance of Heather Hudson is in this issue. She is the wife of James Hudson, whom was formerly Vindicator and now the Guardian. Heather would assume the role of Vindicator and is a member of Alpha Flight. She is also linked to Wolverine's past and has a role in uncovering some mysterious secrets to his past. 

That will be revealed in an issue later on this list. November, 1980 is the publishing date for this key Wolverine comic.

mycomicshop - One CGC 9.8 and it's the only slabbed one here at the moment. The rest are unslabbed copies. The highest is a 9.0 VF/NM and is on consignment, but the others are in stock at mycomicshop and the highest raw copy in stock is an 8.5 VF.

eBay - Plenty of options on the mighty eBay. Quite a few copies of this issue are in comic lots. No problem finding CGC comics of this issue also.

ComicLink - Four CGC copies to consider here. There's a stunning 9.8 and two 9.6 NM+ copies. Last is a 6.5 FN+, but it is a PGX slab. One raw 9.0 VF/NM also.

ComicConnect - Two CGC copies here only. Highest is a 9.6 and the other a 9.2 low NM! Three unslabbed copies for the taking with the highest grade being a 9.0 VF/NM and the lowest a FN.

No real problem finding any of these Wolverine key issues slabbed or unslabbed in Part 2 of this Wolverine key issue comics list. As mentioned before, most of these issues have been on other key issues lists before, most likely the X-Men key issues list that was previously done since these are all X-Men comics on Part 2. However, the same issues on that list were noted differently and most these keys on this list are noted specifically pertaining to Wolverine.

You can click the PREVIOUS link below if you stumbled upon Part 2 without getting a stab at Part 1 yet. Otherwise, Part 3 to this Wolverine key comics list is ready to slash on through in a bit, so just click the PART 3 link below to carry on. Thanks for reading!

1 comment:

  1. X-men 103 is the first time Wolverine is called Logan.

    Hulk 180 is the first time Wolverine is called Weapon X, not X-Men 109.