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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Wolverine Key Issue Comics List Part 7

Part 7 to this Wolverine key issue comics list. If you like Modern Age key issues, there are quite a few that will be listed here in Part 7. They won't be exactly cheap either, but most are pretty important to Wolverine's mythos.

Well, let's get over and done with, because as much as I love Wolverine, I'm starting to get burned out on the character. If you missed the previous part, just click this Part 6 link to check that out. If you're ready to continue on, continue on and enjoy!

Wolverine gets back adamantium
Becomes Death

Apocalypse pits Wolverine and Sabretooth in another classic battle between the two, and Wolvie wins this time. Apocalypse then uses the adamantium from Sabretooth and rebonding it to Wolverine's skeleton, marking this the issue where Wolverine gets his adamantium back, though the story is mainly told in flashback.

It also reveals that during the time the Wolverine Skrull was posing as Logan, the real Logan was in fact kidnapped by the Skrulls, whom were working for Apocalypse. After defeating Sabretooth, Wolverine becomes the new Horseman of War and engages in another monumental battle with the Hulk in this issue. This comic was also published December, 1999.

mycomicshop - Only four copies here and all unslabbed. Highest is a VF+ copy, but the highest copy in stock is a low VF.

eBay - Plenty of unslabbed copies, some of them are the foil claws cover. CGC copies available but none for the regular news stand edition as of yet. Five are for the Nabisco mail away variant and two of them are 9.8s. Three CGC 9.6s for the foil claws variant with one being a Signature Series quadruple signed by Stan Lee, Len Wein, John Romita, Sr. and Herbe Trimpe.

First appearance of John Howlett, Sr.
First appearance of Rose
First appearance of Dog Logan
First appearance of Elizabeth Howlett
First appearance of Thomas Logan

If there was one thing that Wolverine had going for him that was huge to the character's success was that the character's origin was shrouded in mystery. Those at Marvel sure did keep fans at the edge of their seats while giving us a lash here and there concerning Logan's origins.

Well, in this series, Marvel decided to blow their entire load and this 6 issue mini-series shows Wolverine's true humble beginnings as James Howlett, the son of rich farm owners John Howlett, Sr. and Elizabeth Howlett in Alberta, Canada. Tons of firsts in this issue such as the first appearance of James Howlett, Sr., the first appearance of Dog Logan, and the first appearance of Thomas Logan.

This issue also has the first appearance of Rose, Wolverine's childhood friend who often looked after him since James was a sickly child. This is a monumental series and a fan-favorite and one of the few Modern Age Wolverine key issues worth getting or considering. This comic was published November, 2001.

mycomicshop - Four unslabbed copies that are all on consignment here. Highest is a VF+. Maybe able to find it cheaper on eBay without having to pay a buyer's premium.

eBay - Unslabbed copies galore, some are in comic lots of the entire miniseries. CGC copies also present as expected on the mighty eBay for this sought out key issue. Quite a few 9.8s and 9.6s.

ComicLink - One CGC 9.6 and one 9.2 low NM located at the time of this writing.

ComicConnect - Two CGC copies. Both are 9.6s and you'll need to scroll to the bottom after clicking the ComicConnect link to see them.

Death of John Howlett, Sr.
Death of Thomas Logan

The climatic ending in issue 2 of Origins was actually the beginning to the movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The exception is that Thomas Logan was a lot more tame in the film than in the actual Origin comics. Thomas Logan was cruel and abusive to his son Dog Logan.

He did had an affair with Elizabeth Howlett and he did kill John Howlett, Sr. in the comic. Also the movie played out the death of Thomas Logan the same as the comic, which was at the claws of a young James Howlett.

Thomas Logan has been confirmed as Wolverine's real father in the Wolverine Goes to Hell Story Arc. December, 2001 was when this issue was published.

mycomicshop - Only three copies here, but they are in stock and one is Near Mint. All are unslabbed raw copies.

eBay - A few unslabbed and slabbed copies to choose from at the moment. Two 9.8s located with a few 9.6s. Some CGC copies are in full run comic lots if that takes to your fancy and you want the entire series like any good Wolverine would.

ComicConnect - One CGC 9.8 and a few high grade unslabbed copies here.

Death of Elizabeth Howlett
Origin of how Wolverine gets the name Logan

After previously mourning over Thomas Logan's dead body instead of her dead husband, further implying that the two were lovers, Elizabeth Howlett commits suicide in this issue after learning that another one of her sons ended up being a mutant freak. Rose and James run away.

When they reach a small mining town, a foreman named Smitty asks the kids their names. Rose tells him her real name but introduces James as Logan. January, 2002 is when this comic was published.

mycomicshop - Three copies here with the highest a NM at the moment. No CGC as of yet.

eBay - Only a few options here for unslabbed copies as well. Same with CGC, but there are some 9.8s present at the moment.

ComicLink - One CGC 9.6 NM+ copy here. Only one available.

NYX #3
 First appearance of Laura Kinney X-23

No movie role, no T.V. role, nada! But this is a Modern Age book that has seen demand purely because fans like the character of X-23, also known as Laura Kinney. She is also known as the clone of Wolverine and was cloned from a damaged copy of Wolverine's genome.

I've mentioned this book before and for reason, even if it is a Modern Age book. Imagine if she does end up having an onscreen appearance in a movie or television show? This is Modern age key issue to get, especially if you're a fan of Wolverine. The first appearance of X-23 was published February, 2004, and it's been a comic that's on the move up for quite a while.

mycomicshop - Once there were some CGC copies, but now they're all gone. That could change by the time you read this. Only a VF unslabbed copy that's scheduled for auction the 16th of August, 2014.

eBay - Not surprised that the selection is a lot less limited than the last time I checked up on this issue on eBay. There are some unslabbed copies to sift through. As for CGC, there are five 9.8s currently on there with some 9.4s also.

ComicLink - Two copies located with one a CGC 9.8 and the other a CGC 9.6 Signature Series.

Wolverine gains real memories back

As Scarlet Witch alters reality, Wolverine is somehow unaffected, but when he awakens from a dream in this issue, he realizes that he can tell apart his real memories from the fake memory implants given to him by the Weapon X program. He also realizes that he is the only one who knows this alternate reality is false.

Since the scene where Wolverine wakes up is near the end of this comic and it's only implied that Wolverine has regained his full memory, this key issue note may actually apply to House of M #3 since it's confirmed in that issue that he has regained his full memory back.

CGC does not note this issue with any key status. Perhaps they will in the future or not. This issue was published August, 2005 and is pretty much a sleeper.

mycomicshop - VF is the highest copy here and it is an unslabbed. Other copy is a FN.

eBay - Seems like there's a decent amount of unslabbed copies here at the moment. Surprised that there are any CGC copies of this issue but there are two. Both are 9.8 graded also.

Alright, there's going to be one more part to this Wolverine key issue comics list, but Part 8 will be the end of it. Although most in the next part will be some minor keys, there's one that's especially important to snag from the Modern Age era of comics. Some that are fans of Wolverine can probably guess what that issue is.

Part 8 is on is ready with the last few Wolverine key issues to list so click the PART 8 link below to carry on. If you missed Part 6, just click the PREVIOUS link below to head on back.


  1. Shouldn't he Nabisco variant for 145 be mentioned? Not to many we're redeemed and they regularly go for $200+ raw with 9.8's fetching considerably more. Also 102.5 is missing which saw a 9.8 copy sell for $2001 in April of this year. I'm going to assume vol 3 #1's Deadpool variant will be excluded as well? All of these are prime collectibles and definitely deserve a nod. ~Jesse

    1. Okay, the Nabisco variant was mentioned in the eBay section under Wolverine 145. What is the key status for #102.5 or is it just a "rare variant"? As for vol 3 #1 variants, you assumed correctly. I have hardly ever listed variants in any of the key issues lists since the beginning.

  2. 102.5 was a mail in from the fleer trading card company. Alternatively, you could get an artist signed copy from Wizard that came with a COA. It's one of those books that is more or less nothing but a promotion but collectors took to it. I'm not positive on the number of them but there are several on eBay to give you an idea of what they're fetching. ~Jesse

  3. curious as to why CGC doesnt have Origin #1 as Wolverines origin?

    1. No clue. I suppose with the title they assumed that they didn't need to put any key notes down. Or, they're waiting for Marvel to retcon Wolverine and completely dismiss the story arc in Wolverine: The Origin as just another false memory implant. Just joking on the last part.

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