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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wolverine Key Issue Comics Part 3

Slashing our way into Part 3 of this Wolverine key issue comics list, we finally get into some comics that deal with Wolverine's own titled series. We're still in the Bronze Age, but will pretty much be wrapping that era up concerning everyone's favorite mutant bezerker.

If you missed Part 2 to this key issue series, feel free to click this Part 2 link to go back and give it a good run through. If you're ready, let's get it on - Snikt! Snakt!

1st solo comic book series
1st cameo of Yukio
1st appearance of Shingen Harada

Here we are with a personal favorite story line of mine by Chris Claremont featuring Wolverine. This is probably one of the best solo Wolverine stories ever by writer Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, and it's certainly a classic.

Many fans have the story arc for this very first Wolverine series as a fan-favorite and Hollywood even loosely based The Wolverine movie off this 1982 limited series. Not only is this the first solo comic book series featuring Wolverine, it also has the first cameo appearance of Yukio and the first appearance of Shingen Harada, father of Mariko and the Silver Samurai.

I've mentioned this Bronze age key issue a few times here, and CGC 9.6s are still highly under-valued. This was published September, 1982.

mycomicshop - A lot of copies here for this key issue. No shortage of CGC options to consider and definitely no problem finding 9.8s.

eBay - Like most places online, this comic is pretty plentiful in both CGC and unslabbed copies on the mighty eBay. CGC 9.8 copies present as well as other high grade options at the time of this writing.

ComicLink - No problem finding this comic here either. Actually, a whole lot of slabbed awesome is currently at ComicLink. Quite a lot of CGC 9.8s with even one one PGX 9.9 copy.

ComicConnect - Wow, what can you say but no shortage of CGC 9.8s for this issue at ComicConnect. Some other graded options as well.

1st full appearance of Yukio

Although other sources list Wolverine #1 as the first appearance of Yukio, the industry notes Wolverine #2 as the first full appearance of Yukio. The character was also portrayed in the The Wolverine film last year. October, 1982 was when this comic book was published.

mycomicshop - Three CGC copies here so far. Highest is a 9.6 NM+, and there are a ton of unslabbed copies.

eBay - Less of a selection here for CGC copies. Some 9.6s and 9.4s at the time of this writing. Decent amount of unslabbers present.

ComicLink - Options for this issue is more limited than issue #1. There is an astounding CGC 9.9 copy of this key issue and only one  CGC 9.8. There are two CGC 9.6s though and a 9.4 NM. No raw unslabbers as of yet.

ComicConnect - Only two CGC copies and both are 9.8s. Some unslabbed copies as well with one claiming to be a 9.9.

Death of Asano Kimura

Killed by Yukio, the death of Asano Kimura reveals that Yukio had been deceiving Wolvie all along. He goes after her and a battle ensues. Just when Wolvie is about to end her, he is attacked by The Hand.

Asano Kimura first appeared in the first issue of this limited series. This is a minor key issue in the grand scheme of Wolverine key issues, but it is sought out because it's a fan-favorite story arc, and part of the first Wolverine titled series in comics. 

Still relatively affordable in high grade CGCs as well. November, 1982 was when this comic was published.

mycomicshop - Only two CGC copies here. Highest is a 9.6 NM+ and the other is a 9.4 NM. Quite a few unslabbed copies at the time of this writing there.

eBay - Surprised there's no CGC 9.8s at the moment. There are 9.6 NM+s and a few other slabbed options but selection is pretty limited. A couple of raw copies as well.

ComicLink - One CGC 9.8 and quite a few CGC 9.6s. Also a bit of CGC 9.4s available at ComicLink as of this writing.

ComicConnect - A few CGC options here. One is a CGC 9.9 under the old Modern label though. No 9.8s but there is a 9.6 and a 9.2 low NM. One unslabbed copy spotted.

First appearance of William Stryker

Another extremely important character not only to the X-Men mythos but Wolverine's as well. William Stryker has been known to be involved in the Weapon X Program and was implied to have something to do with Wolverine obtaining his adamantium laced bones. 

His first appearance is in this Marvel Graphic Novel #5, though it's not revealed that Stryker was a part of the Weapon X program in this issue and his character would be attached to the program in later issues, uncovering more of Wolverine's mysterious past. Still, the first appearance of William Stryker is definitely an important Wolverine key issue to be noted on this list for sure. 

His character has been portrayed in the movies X-2 and X-Men Days of Future Past. This graphic novel was published November, 1982.

eBay - There are actually some CGC options here on eBay. Highest is a CGC 9.8 followed by a 9.6. Also raw copies available too.

ComicConnect - Bringing the goodness on this issue, ComicConnect has an unslabbed VF copy!

Death of Shingen Harada
Death of Noburu-Hideki

Once again, Yukio takes out another fool in this series. This time it's Noburu-Hideki, Mariko's abusive husband and crime lord. However, Wolverine and Mariko's father Shingen Harada go at it in another epic battle. 

In the first issue of this series, Wolverine is badly beaten by Shingen Harada in their first encounter. This time Wolvie takes out Shingen Harada, and the end shows Logan and Mariko engaged to be married. Comic was published December, 1982.

mycomicshop - Four CGC options with the highest two being a 9.8 and 9.6 NM+. Actually, there's two 9.6s and one is a Signature Series triple signed by John Romita, Herb Trimpe, and Joe Rubinstein. Quite a few unslabbed options but none super high grade.

eBay - Pretty limited selection in terms of CGC on here at the moment. There is one CGC 9.8 and a few 9.6s. A few raw copies as well with some in comic lots.

ComicLink - Seven copies here at the moment. Highest is a CGC 9.8, but only one. Three CGC 9.6 NM+ copies and one of them is a pedigree.

ComicConnect - Only two CGC copies, in which the highest is 9.6 NM+ and the second is a 9.4 NM.

Silver Samurai revealed as Mariko's half brother

Another fan-favorite tale of Japan regarding Wolverine, this story arc is the first time it's revealed that the Silver Samurai and Mariko are half brother and sister, meaning Shingen Harada had an illegitimate son with another. Oh, the drama! In this tale, the X-Men fly over to Japan to prepare for the wedding of Wolverine and Mariko, but as everything with comics, things go astray.

This comic is in the viewpoint of Wolverine. Great Wolverine key issue comic that shouldn't be ignored if you're an X-Men or Wolvie fan. August, 1983 was when this comic was published.

mycomicshop - Only two copies here with one being a CGC and the other an unslabbed raw copy. CGC copy is a 9.8 and the unslabbed is a 9.0 VF/NM!

eBay - Only four CGC options at the moment. All are CGC 9.8s and still under the $100 mark. Quite a few raw copies at the time of this writing too. Some in comic lots.

ComicLink - One CGC 9.8 copy. Not sure if there's two or not because either the description title is wrong or it's the wrong picture.

ComicConnect - Only unslabbed copies here at the moment. Highest is a 9.0 VF/NM.

Alright that concludes Part 3 to this Wolverine key issue comics list, but Part 4 is ready and definitely has some Wolverine key issues from his on-going titled series during the 80s. Just click the blue PART 4 link to continue with this key Wolverine list.

If you missed Part 2, just click the PREVIOUS link below to head on back. Other than that, see you back here for Part 4!


  1. I remember the first time I ever saw the cover of Wolverine #1. I was a kid and my dad took me to our local comic shop. He said I could get a book and I saw it there on the wall, high over head, the orange back ground, and those massive claws. I wanted it so bad but my dad said it was too violent. I saw that copy there week after week, every time I asked for it and every time I was denied. I finally did get that book, years later as an adult, it sits in my collection now. I still look at it and flash back to that shop and see it there on the wall. One of those things I wanted forever as a kid!!

    1. Great story that I think we can all relate too. Awesome that you finally got Wolverine #1 from the limited series! For me, it was Giant Size X-Men and Incredible Hulk #181. Always wanted those as a kid as well.