Classic Wolverine Cover: Marvel Comics Presents #1

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It was during the 1980s that Wolverine grew to become an extraordinarily popular character. And after two successful miniseries, the powers that be at Marvel decreed that Wolverine should have his own series.

To show just how much the comics industry has changed, the reason Wolverine didn’t already have his own series in 1988 was over concerns by writer Chris Claremont that a solo series would destroy the character. Wolverine worked best as part of an assemble with periodic solo travels, it was argued, and a monthly series would inevitably dilute his effectiveness as a character.

If only the Chris Claremont of 1988 could see the weekly deluge of Wolverine now…

In any event by 1988, such concerns had been brushed aside, and Chris Claremont wrote a ten-part Wolverine series (eight pages per chapter) to kick off a new bi-weekly anthology series, Marvel Comics Presents, a storyline that would lead directly into the upcoming monthly Wolverine series.

So when Walt Simonson delivered the following cover for Marvel Comics Presents #1, it could only mean one thing…

Wolverine is going solo.

Wolverine Covers: Marvel Comics Presents #1

After the jump is the full wraparound cover and the very first look at Madripoor…

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Classic Wolverine Cover: Incredible Hulk #340

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Incredible Hulk #340 by Todd McFarlane and Bob Wiacek.

It’s about as perfect a cover as it gets.

Frankly, words don’t do it justice, so I’m going to shut up and let you enjoy their work…

Wolverine Covers: Incredible Hulk #340

After the jump is the original pencil and inks, several homage covers and some equally stellar pages from within the issue itself…

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Classic Wolverine Cover: Alpha Flight #52

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Kevin Nowlan took a stylish turn on this wonderful throwback cover for Alpha Flight #52.

Known more for his Moon Knight work than Wolverine, Nowlan delivered an intriguing look at an Alpha Flight team that never was…

Wolverine Covers: Alpha Flight #52

After the jump is a more traditional Wolverine cover from the next issue, and another Rick Leonardi jaw-dropper.

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Classic Wolverine Cover: Uncanny X-Men #221

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Following on the heels of a slew of guest artists, Marc Silvestri finally came on board as the new artist of Uncanny X-Men with issue #220.

And with Uncanny X-Men #221, he delivered a stunning cover with Dan Green that literally blew Wolverine away…

Wolverine Covers: Uncanny X-Men #221

Unfortunately, many Wolverine covers from the same year didn’t hold up quite as well — as can be seen after the jump…

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Classic Wolverine Covers: Uncanny X-Men #213

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Uncanny X-Men #213.

Wolverine vs. Sabretooth.

It doesn’t get much better than this.

Alan Davis and Paul Neary kicked 1987 off in stunning fashion with this wonderful study in savagery…

Wolverine Covers: Uncanny X-Men #213

After the jump is some of the tremendous interior art by the same duo…
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Classic Wolverine Cover: Uncanny X-Men #212

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Barry Windsor-Smith returned to X-Men cover duty in December 1986 with Uncanny X-Men #212 and wrapped up an amazing year of Wolverine covers.

As with his previous cover, one can only look on in astonishment as it slowly comes to life…

Wolverine Covers: Uncanny X-Men #211

After the jump is some of the tremendous interior art by Rick Leonardi and a surprise that I hadn’t seen in 20 years…
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Classic Wolverine Cover: Uncanny X-Men #211

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Back in November of 1986, Marvel Comics celebrated the 25th anniversary of the “Marvel Age” of comics by featuring a character portrait on every single Marvel title that month.

Uncanny X-Men #211 was no different, placing Wolverine in the exalted position.

The cover by John Romita, Jr. and Bob Wiacek wonderfully captures Wolverine at his battle-tested best, mask torn asunder.

Wolverine Covers: Uncanny X-Men #211

If you want a real treat, alternate placing your hand over each side of the cover. You will be amazed to discover two entirely different images.

After the jump is an earlier Uncanny X-Men cover that didn’t quite make the cut…
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Classic Wolverine Cover: Uncanny X-Men #207

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Uncanny X-Men #207 is perhaps the single most enduring Wolverine image of 1986.

John Romita, Jr. perfectly captures the savagery and danger of Wolverine while subtlety breaking the fourth wall.

And if the name sounds familiar, it should.

He is the son of legendary Spider-Man artist John Romita, Sr. who just so happened to have created the visual design for Wolverine back in 1974…

Wolverine Covers: Uncanny X-Men #207

After the jump is the spectacular cover color guide sans logo…

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Classic Wolverine Cover: Uncanny X-Men #205

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Five years before the legendary ‘Weapon X’, Barry Windsor-Smith gave Wolverine fans a treat with this brilliant cover to Uncanny X-Men #205.

Look at it long enough and you can actually see Wolverine in three dimensions…

Wolverine Covers: Uncanny X-Men #205

Wow.

After the jump is the seldom seen X-Men Classic cover by Jae Lee

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Classic Wolverine Cover: Captain America Annual #8

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1986 was a very good year for Wolverine covers.

We begin with the unforgettable Captain America Annual #8, where we finally witnessed Wolverine’s unbreakable claws go up against Captain America’s indestructible shield.

And the fiery visuals by Mike Zeck did not disappoint…

Wolverine Covers: Captain America Annual #8

I still get a grin looking at that cover!

After the jump are two classic Alpha Flight covers from the same year costarring Wolverine…

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