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Friday, August 1, 2014

Wolverine Key Issue Comics List Part 5

We are slowly but surely hacking away at this Wolverine key issue comics list. A few keys in this part will be sleepers and not that well-known, and most will be from the Copper Age except for one. So this is Part 5, and you can click this Part 4 link if you happened to miss the previous part.

If you're already on top of that, continue on and enjoy, bub!

  • 2nd issue to self-titled on-going series

Pretty minor key issue. Nothing much happens in this issue in key issue terms and the only reason it's really a Wolverine key issue is because it's the second issue to the first on-going Wolverine titled series. Well, not unless you're a hardcore fan of the showdowns between Wolvie and the Silver Samurai.  

Debated about whether or not I should even waste time listing this one, but here it is. This sucker was published December, 1988.

mycomicshop - Only one CGC 9.8 copy here, but there are quite a few unslabbed comics in stock. Some are high grade but not super high grade.

eBay - Slabbed and unslabbed raw copies present on eBay. There's a 9.8 CGC copy but will have to search for it as eBay's search get this confused with the #2 issue from the limited series.

ComicLink - Only one CGC copy that's a low VF or 7.5 is available to snag here at the moment.

ComicConnect - Two CGC copies located here. Highest is a 9.8 followed by a 9.6 NM+. There's also one unslabbed copy at a 9.4 NM.

  • First battle with Sabretooth (Marvel canon)
  • First appearance of Silver Fox
A key issue that's been mentioned on here a few times already. Apparently this is the first Sabretooth and Wolverine battle before Wolverine had his claws, which is kinda iffy since it was later revealed that Wolvie's claws were indeed not implants but part of his skeletal structure.

While there are not many keys worth getting in the Wolverine titled series, first one or further other volumes that followed, this is one of them. August, 1989 was when this comic was published.

mycomicshop - Four CGC copies present at the moment. Three of them are 9.8s and only one 9.6 NM+. Quite a few unslabbed copies in stock.

eBay - Plenty of CGC copies and raw copies available at eBay. The blue eBay link will bring you to the search results for Wolverine #10.

ComicLink - Only two copies available here right now. One is a CGC 9.8 and the other a CGC 9.6 NM+.

ComicConnect - Three CGC copies. Highest are two 9.6 NM+ copies and the lowest is a 9.0 VF/NM.

  • Weapon X origin begins
  • First appearance of Weapon X Program
  • First appearance of Professor
  • First appearance of Carol Hines
  • First appearance of Abraham Cornelius
And here it is, the origin of Wolverine as Weapon X and how he gets his famous adamantium laced bones. This storyline is a fan-favorite, but interestingly not that well-known to the larger comic collecting community. 

The Weapon X program has been referred to many times in the movies and X-2 even based part of the film on this comic arc. As you can see, many firsts are in this issue and they are all involved in the brainwashing and adamantium procedure. 

In later canon, the Professor is revealed to be behind Team X, which had members Sabretooth and Wolverine in it. The Professors real name is Truett Hudson and is the half-brother of James Hudson, The Guardian and Vindicator, in the Alpha Flight team.

Abraham Cornelius later becomes involved in resurrecting another popular Wolverine foe - Omega Red. The Weapon X story arc runs from issues #72 to #84 in the Marvel Comics Presents series. 

Definitely one of the later Copper Age comics to invest in or consider. March, 1991 was when this Copper Age key was published.

mycomicshop - Three CGC 9.8s at mycomicshop. A few unslabbed copies in stock with the highest being only a VF.

eBay - Quite a few CGC 9.8 and some 9.6 NM+ options. Most are still way below the $100 mark for now. Of course there are plenty of unslabbed copies.

ComicLink - Only one CGC 9.8 copy here as of yet.

  • Sabretooth claims to be Wolverine's father
As fans expected that Sabretooth just may be related to Wolverine before this issue, you can imagine the rumblings in fandom when this comic finally had Sabretooth claim to be Wolverine's father. The ironic fact is that Chris Claremont has admitted that he had every intention of making the two father and son, but subsequent writers apparently did not agree. 

There is a reprint or variant with the logo in gold and is toted as being rare, but dunno. Not into variants. This comic was published July, 1991.

mycomicshop - Only two unslabbed copies. Highest is a VF and the lowest a FN.

eBay - There seems to be quite a few options for both CGC and unslabbed copies. Some of the 9.8s are for the 2nd printing variants if you're into those.

  • Sabretooth proven not to be Wolverine's father
Well, that notion was put to rest and quite quickly. It seems that Nick Fury knows a lot more about Wolverine's past and refuses to give it up to the mutant bezerker, claiming that it's classified. 

Fury does, however, tell Wolvie that Sabretooth is not his father. Is this comic a monumental Wolverine key issue? Not really, but it is a key issue worth noting. 

Late July, 1991 was when this comic was published, and because it is a 90s comic it does have a gold 2nd printing as well.

mycomicshop - Three unslabbed copies only. Highest is a NM and the second highest is a VF. No CGC as of yet.

eBay - Only four CGC copies. No 9.8s at the moment, only 9.6s are the highest. Last option is a 9.4 SS series signed by Marc Silvestri. Also unslabbed copies and some are the 2nd printing gold issue.

  • First appearance of Omega Red
Omega Red was the Soviet's answer to the U.S. Super Soldier program that gave birth to Captain America. Their attempt resulted in the super villain Omega Red.

The history of Omega Red is shrouded in mystery and what little is known is that Omega Red was once a serial killer named Arkady Rossovich. Wolverine is linked to the character, for Omega Red requires a Carbonadium Synthesizer to stabilize his condition, and Wolverine, Maverick, and Sabretooth stole the device during their last mission as Team X. 

X-Men #4 from the 2nd series sees the first appearance of Omega Red, and the villain has become quite popular over the years. Not surprisingly, this book is hot right now! The first appearance of Omega Red was published January, 1992.

eBay - Some options on eBay but this key issue is pretty hot. Only one CGC 9.8 still under $100 bucks. A few unslabbed options but too many that I saw at the moment.

Part 6 is ready, and most of the Wolverine key issue comics from here on out will be from the Modern Age. If you missed Part 4, just click the PREVIOUS link below to head on back. Otherwise, just click the PART 6 link below to continue reading.


  1. Just purchased a slabbed 9.6 Marvel Comics Presents #72 for 50 bucks on eBay. Just got back into comics about 6 months ago and have really enjoyed your site. Have a few issues I am thinking about getting graded. Ms. Marvel #2 and Amazing Spider-Man #36. I know CGC is the most well known grading company but I have been hearing great things about CBCS. What is your opinion on the different grading sites and have you used CBCS?

    1. Heya, and welcome back to collecting comics and glad this site has been enjoyable or helpful. As for CBCS, I have not yet used them but plan on doing so to help save some dollars. They are cheaper than CGC at the moment, but I still plan on sending some to CGC as well.

    2. Ah thanks for the reply! I plan on sending some in within the week to CBCS to see what they are all about. Heard they grade a tad bit harder than CGC but I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing. At 15 bucks a book, they are definitely worth a shot.