011: Landau, Luckman & Lake (and Jasmine Falls)

Version 4.00, last updated on April 9, 2011

Logan, Landau, Luckman and Lake
John Paul Leon and Shawn Martinbrough, Logan: Path of the Warlord.

Little was known of Logan’s activities immediately following the war until we learned of his association with a mysterious organization known as Landau, Luckman & Lake…

Wolverine #5 (Mar 1989) – “Hunter’s Moon”
Writer: Chris Claremont; Penciler: John Buscema; Inker Al Williamson
We are first introduced to Landau, Luckman & Lake when Logan as “Patch” tells Lindsay McCabe and Jessica Drew to turn to them in an emergency when in Madripoor. There, Jessica Drew notices a 19th century tintype photograph of Logan and and a mysterious man known as Chang.

Uncanny X-Men #257 (Jan 1990) – “I Am Lady Mandarin”
Writer: Chris Claremont; Penciler: Jim Lee; Inker: Josef Rubinstein
Logan contacts an elderly Rose Carling through the Landau, Luckman & Lake office in Hong Kong. There, Jubilee sees a photograph of a young Rose and Logan against the backdrop of a futuristic cityscape.

Wolverine #97 (Jan 1996) – “…Bump in the Night”
Scripter: Larry Hama; Penciler: Adam Kubert; Inker: Dan Green
Wolverine remembers a time long ago when he fought through a horde of goons in lowtown Madripoor to get to the offices of Landau, Luckman & Lake. Logan then instructed Chang to retrieve a package he had left earlier and $50,000 in hundreds. Chang entered a door marked “W.C” and returned 30 seconds later with the items, sporting a two-day stubble on his chin, different clothes and a different weapon.

After nearly seven years of hints and innuendo, we were finally treated to the backstory of Landau, Luckman & Lake…

Logan: Path of the Warlord (Feb 1996)
Writer: Howard Mackie; Penciller: John Paul Leon; Inker: Shawn Martinbrough
Logan notes that shortly after the War, he was hired by a man named Chang to work for Landau, Luckman & Lake, “…a real mysterious group that specializes in all kinds o’ shady stuff.” This would suggest that Logan returned to freelance espionage work in late 1945. Later, during a violent struggle with a mysterious individual named Kimora, Logan laments that he did not kill him in Kyoto when he had the chance. Based on this and other cryptic comments, it seems probable that Logan and Kimora had a history of opposing each other in various operations across Japan (and possibly Madripoor) for a number of years in the late 1940s.

Logan with Landau, Luckman & Lake
John Paul Leon and Shawn Martinbrough, Logan: Path of the Warlord.

In 1950, Logan is on a mission near Tokyo for Landau, Luckman & Lake and gets ambushed by six classically trained assassins as he attempts to rendezvous with a scientist, Dr. Carling, and his daughter, Rose. Logan loses his gun during the fight but dispatches the remaining assassins with his weapons of choice, two short knives. With Dr. Carling kidnapped, Logan locates Chang in Tokyo and learns that his old nemesis Kimora orchestrated the ambush. Before long, Logan tracks down Kimora, silently taking out two perimeter guards while Kimora tortures Dr. Carling. Kimora instantly realizes Logan is near, and the two battle while Kimora cryptically suggests that there is more to him (Kimora) than meets the eye. As the battle turns against Logan, Dr. Carling frees himself and beheads Kimora from behind. Logan retires from Landau, Luckman & Lake and heads for Jasmine Falls.

At Jasmine Falls, Logan becomes pupil to a sensei in hopes of controlling his animal nature. Despite five years of training there, Logan is still governed by his anger, seriously injuring his friend, Miyaga, during sparring practice. Logan’s sensei berates him, replacing his katana with a wooden bokken. Chang arrives during Logan’s humiliation and convinces Logan to return to Landau, Luckman & Lake. Kimora, it seems, is an immortal from another plane of existence. Having recovered from his beheading, Kimora kidnapped Dr. Carling and took him back to Kimora’s own dimension to build a large-scale version of Dr. Carling’s invention, a trans-dimensional gateway that Kimora can use to invade other dimensions. Using Dr. Carling’s original trans-dimensional gateway, Logan and Chang are transported to Kimora’s world where the foreign environs wreak havoc on Logan’s animal-like senses. Logan is attacked and wounded by two shadow creatures but is rescued by Rose Carling, the scientist’s daughter and now a warrior. The wounds nearly kill Logan, but his rapid healing saves his life. The threesome then approach Kimora’s stronghold and bluff their way through Kimora’s army. Once inside, Logan and Rose dispense with Kimora’s elite guard, but Rose is kidnapped by the remaining shadow creature. After a brief confrontation with Kimora, Logan realizes the shadow creature intends to kill Rose. Logan goes berserk, savagely knocking the shadow creature unconscious and freeing Rose. Logan then pursues Kimora, tearing through a host of castle guards. Still defiant, Kimora kills Dr. Carling and partially opens the trans-dimensional gateway. Logan again goes berserk and shoves Kimora through the gateway. As Logan regains his senses (and his humanity), he shatters the trans-dimensional power supply, condemning Kimora to live for eternity (as an immortal) stuck between dimensions. Three days later in Japan, Rose agrees to join Landau, Luckman, & Lake. Logan, however, declines further employment and presumably returns to Jasmine Falls.

Ballistic/Wolverine #1 (Feb 1997) – “When the Ball Drops”
Writer: Larry Hama; Plotter: Larry Hama and Joe Benitez
Penciler: Joe Benitez; Inker: Aaron Sowd

Logan notes, “Landau, Luckman & Lake’s been handling my finances for a dog’s age and so far they’ve done pretty good by me.” As he approaches a door marked, ‘W.C.’, he remembers, “Last time I stepped through one o’ these doors in an LL&L office, I ended up on the far side o’ reality.” Later he explains that, “…in an LL&L office, ‘W.C.’ stands for Warp Chamber.” That last trip may be referencing a trip with Chang or Rose. Unfortunately, this being another cross-company crossover, there is no guarantee these comments were ever uttered within continuity.

We also know that in the late 1940s, Logan spent some time in China — whether on behalf of Landau, Luckman & Lake is unknown…

Uncanny X-Men #330 (Mar 1996) – “Quest for the Crimson Dawn”
Writer: Scott Lobdell and Jeph Loeb; Penciler: Joe Maduriera; Inker: Tim Townsend
In present day, Logan mentions that he has hardly seen Gomurr the Ancient over the years. With Gomurr’s Chinese heritage, it is likely that their paths crossed in China.

X-Men: Clan Destine #2 (Nov 1996) – “The Destine’s Darkest Dreams”
Writer/Penciler: Alan Davis; Inker: Mark Farmer
During an X-Men mission, Wolverine comes across an acquaintance from his past, Adam Destine, a British immortal. As Adam states, “Logan, I thought you were dead. Chen Yu’s bomb devastated the entire mountain fortress.” It is possible that Gomurr, Adam Destine, Logan and others were all involved in events with Chen Yu circa 1949.

Uncanny X-Men #363 (Jan 1999) – “The Hunt for Xavier, Part Three: When You’re Unwanted”
Writer: Steve Seagle; Penciler: Chris Bachalo; Inker: Art Thibert & Tim Townsend
A Chinese mystic Black Crane tells Logan, “…we last saw one another… the forming of the People’s Republic, wasn’t it?” This would suggest that Logan was in China in October of 1949 when Mao officially established the People’s Republic of China.

Deadpool #27 (Apr 1999)
“It’s a Barbarian Bunny – Busty Broad Bonanza in My Brainpan…”

Writer: Joe Kelly; Penciler: Walter McDaniel; Inker: Whitney McFarland
Logan explains that he wants to settle a blood debt with Black Crane. Admittedly this is pure conjecture, but it seems possible that Black Crane was responsible for saving Logan’s life during the Chen Yu adventure, explaining the blood debt and Adam Destine’s surprise at Logan’s survival.

Perhaps hardest to place of Logan’s early espionage adventures is his team up with Spider-Man’s parents…

Untold Tales of Spider-Man #-1 (Jul 1997)
Writer: Roger Stern; Penciller: John Romita, Jr.; Inker: Al Milgrom
While on mission along the Riviera, CIA agent Richard Parker overhears Baroness Adelicia Von Krupp being informed of the capture of the CIA’s Agent Ten in Mahasashtra, India. Parker and his wife Mary are ordered to Bombay to help free this “operative of a friendly power working with the Agency.” Once there, the Parkers are captured by followers of the Supreme One and discover that Agent Ten is Logan. The Supreme One (later revealed as Baron Strucker) is impressed by Logan’s “remarkably strong constitution” that allows him to endure seven days of torture (possibly as a consequence of their previous encounters). Mary Parker pretends to break under the pressure and creates enough confusion for Logan and the Parkers to escape unscathed. Later at the hospital, Logan is witness to the news that Mary is pregnant (with Peter Parker, later to become Spider-Man).

Logan as Agent Ten
John Romita, Sr. and Al Milgrom, Untold Tales of Spider-Man #-1

Because of Marvel Time, the notion that the beginning of the modern Marvel Universe is no longer 1961 but merely seven to 14 years in the past, it is nearly impossible to nail down the timing of this story. If we consider that Peter Parker originally became Spider-Man at the age of 15 in 1962, his birth, at one point in time, was 1947 or 1948, but today could be as late as the mid-1980s (and tomorrow 1990 or later). In other words, we have a character like Wolverine who unequivocally fought during WWII and is unaffected by time as witness to Peter Parker’s mother pregnancy with Peter, an event that is constantly moving forward in time. Hence this story’s placement will always be pulled in both directions by real time and Marvel Time. Since my view of Marvel Time is that the Marvel Universe did begin in 1961, but that time has compressed in the interim, I prefer to place events as close to original time as possible. As the CIA didn’t come into being until 1948, I think it preferable to place these events in the late 1940s. To learn more about the debate over Marvel Time, see the comprehensive overview at Marvel Database.

In 1950, Logan returns to Japan for his second Quarter War…

Wolverine/Shi: Dark Night of Judgment (2000)
Creator: William Tucci and Beau Smith; Inker: Rich Perotta
Logan is again summoned to fight for the legendary Kage Ryu’ dragon warriors against the Sohei warrior monks of Kyoto in the Quarter War of 1950. Logan is now considered to be the greatest warrior of the Kage Ryu’, undoubtedly as a result of his second consecutive victory over the Sohei warrior monks.

Note that since this appearance was from a cross-comic company storyline (Marvel and Crusade Entertainment) with characters not traditionally from Marvel continuity (Shi), we cannot confirm these events.

Civil War Files (2006)
Head Writer: Anthony Flamini; Writers: Stuart Vandal, Ronald Byrd, Madison Carter, Michael Hoskin, Chris Biggs, Mark O’English, Mike Fichera
According to Tony Stark’s dossiers for the President’s daily intelligence briefing, Wolverine, after World War II, “…was a well-paid and well feared mercenary… However, even he grew weary of violence-for-hire after a few years, and in Japan, he sought to overcome his long-fed bloodlust through study and meditation,” ostensibly a reference to his time at Jasmine Falls.

Starting in 2006, writer Daniel Way began to paint a picture of Wolverine’s past in what would become Wolverine: Origins, adding a new layer to Logan’s experiences at Jasmine Falls, one that is seemingly at odds with the timeline of Logan: Path of the Warlord. That said, there are two additional tie-ins from Wolverine’s past that Way would tap into…

Wolverine #3 (Jan 1989) – “The Black Blade”
Writer: Chris Claremont; Penciler: John Buscema; Inker Al Williamson
Wolverine (as Patch) is possessed by the Black Blade crafted by one Muramasa, and as the Silver Samurai explains, “None before Muramasa ever created such blades, none after ever wanted to. The sword was the ultimate product of his brilliance — perhaps it became infected with his madness as well. He sought his whole life to craft the perfect blade… the transcendent, terrible beauty that destroys all it touches.” In the end, Patch breaks free of the possession and Silver Samurai claims the weapon for his own.

Wolverine #26 (Mid-Jul 1990) – “Memory”
Writer: Jo Duffy; Penciller: Klaus Janson; Inker: Tom Palmer
In Japan, Logan becomes close friends with Bando Saburo and later visits him when in need of rest. According to Logan, “The home of Bando. Many years ago before my adamantium bones and claws, before Wolverine when I was Logan.”

Wolverine (Vol. 2) #37 (Feb 2006) – “Origins and Endings, Part II”
Writer: Daniel Way; Breakdowns: Javier Saltares; Finishes: Mark Texeira
After regaining his memories, Wolverine dreams of being dressed in samurai attire and of a pregnant Japanese woman drenched in blood. Before more can be revealed, Wolverine awakes, but this is the first indication of a stunning secret in Logan’s early life.

Wolverine (Vol. 2) #38 (Mar 2006) – “Origins and Endings, Part III”
Writer: Daniel Way; Breakdowns: Javier Saltares; Finishes: Mark Texeira
Next in a series of flashbacks of his time at Jasmine Falls, Wolverine remembers being suspended from a tree as Master Muramasa and a group of samurai discuss a mysterious process that Logan has begun. Muramasa cuts Logan down and the samurai remove Logan from the area. When Logan next awakes, he is on the ground next to a dead samurai, as the remaining samurai defend themselves against an unknown assailant. When Logan tries to join in, the mysterious figure expertly manhandles him. The figure, later to be revealed as the Winter Soldier, then kills the remaining samurai, disappearing into the night.

Wolverine (Vol. 2) #39 (Apr 2006) – “Origins and Endings, Part IV”
Writer: Daniel Way; Breakdowns: Javier Saltares; Finishes: Mark Texeira
When Logan begins his search for the Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes, he claims, “He an’ I go way back. Used to be Captain America’s partner ‘til he got mind-wiped an’ reprogrammed by the Reds an’ turned into a hatchet man.” And the final page reveals a shocking revelation — Bucky Barnes killed Logan’s wife and unborn child.

Logan and Itsu
Stephen Segovia, Wolverine: Origins #27

Wolverine (Vol. 2) #40 (May 2006) – “Origins and Endings, Part V”
Writer: Daniel Way; Breakdowns: Javier Saltares; Finishes: Mark Texeira
Logan tells Bucky the complete story of going to Jasmine Falls (where he curiously wore a patch over his left eye). Logan’s former sensei, Ogun, told him to find Bando Suboro there when he was ready to seek redemption. Bando accepts him into the village of former ninjas who have learned a better way of living, and Logan builds his own home, learning to create instead of destroy for the first time. There, Logan meets and marries a beautiful village woman, Itsu, and in the fourth year of his training, she becomes pregnant with his child. In an elaborate ceremony to celebrate their impending child, Logan faces off against the former ninjas in a test of worthiness, strength and honor. Logan avoids each attack in an elegant dance, but an explosion rocks a nearby mountain and Logan pops his claws by accident, injuring several of his attackers. Everyone departs for Logan has failed his test. Suboro explains that the explosion was caused by Muramasa, an immortal “…who uses men’s souls to create greater and more terrible weapons, capable of only destruction.” Suboro cryptically warns that Logan will meet him one day for a final test. Dishonored, Logan prepares to leave Jasmine Falls, but discovers that Itsu has been murdered. Logan later learns that Bucky Barnes, brainwashed as Winter Soldier, is responsible for her death in order draw Logan out of hiding and back to Madripoor. But instead, Logan disappears and finds Muramasa who promises to turn Logan into “…a mighty blade, greater than any the world has ever seen and against which no man or beast that walks on the earth can stand.” Bucky then reveals that Logan disappeared for over a month after the murder of Itsu and that Bucky was responsible for killing Muramasa’s men. Logan was extracted eight hours later by an unknown entity for parts unknown.

The juxtaposition of Path of the Warlord and Daniel Way’s various Origins storylines makes for an odd blend of events at Jasmine Falls. On the one hand, we have Logan seeking and failing to achieve peace over the course of five years in the story from 1996. But in the subsequent chronological entries, Daniel Way shows a naive Logan who sports an eyepatch over the same five year period and finds, through a series of surprising revelations, that his fall from grace was orchestrated from without instead of within. Not to mention that both version of events have vastly different endings, one where Logan leaves off his own accord and the other with him kidnapped for places unknown.

Wolverine: Origins #5 (Oct 2006) – “Born in Blood, Part Five”
Writer: Daniel Way; Artist: Steve Dillon
Logan learns from the telepath Emma Frost that his son survived Itsu’s brutal slaying, having inherited Logan’s healing factor. He was delivered and taken by a mysterious person, later revealed to be Romulus.

Wolverine: Origins Annual #1 (Sep 2007) – “Return to Madripoor”
Writer: Daniel Way; Artist: Kaare Andrews
Logan mournfully recollects his anguish over Itsu’s death.

Wolverine: Origins #26 (Aug 2008) – “Son of X, Part One”
Writer: Daniel Way; Artist: Stephen Segovia
Logan and Itsu’s child is left at the doorstep of a Japanese couple in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture in 1946, in seeming contradiction to Logan’s recollection only two years previous.

There are several inherent contradictions in Daniel Way’s internal chronology of “Origins & Endings” from Wolverine (vol. 2) #36 -40 and Wolverine: Origins, let alone existing Wolverine chronology. Consider the following revelations:

  • Wolverine #39 (Apr 2006): Bucky admits to killing Itsu as Winter Soldier, hence after WWII.
  • Wolverine #40 (May 2006): Logan arrives at Jasmine Falls wearing an eyepatch and takes Itsu as his wife after his fourth year of training. Shortly afterwards, she becomes pregnant. In other words, Logan spends five years at Jasmine Falls, placing this five-year period anywhere from late 1945 to say the early 1950s.
  • Wolverine: Origins #9 (Feb 2007): Logan states that his two-year training with Taras Romanov, where he first meets Natalia Romanov, was his first mission after Jasmine Falls.
  • Wolverine: Origins #16 (Oct 2007): “Madripoor Knight” is re-presented, confirming the year as 1941 and showing that this adventure takes place after the training with Taras Romanov as Logan and Natalia remember each other, somehow suggesting that 1941 should be placed after WWII.
  • Wolverine: Origins #26 (Aug 2008): This issue puts Daken’s birth in 1946 thereby placing Logan in Jasmine Falls from 1942 to 1946 — a complete impossibility since Logan’s WWII experiences run from 1939 to 1945.

Now consider these additional facts:

  • Wolverine: Origins #12 (May 2007): Cyber (as Silas Burr) is shown training Logan, then subsequently killing his girlfriend Janet and ripping out Logan’s eye (the same eye that he wears a patch over at Jasmine Falls).
  • Wolverine: Origins #14 (Jul 2007): Silas Burr is taken to the training facility in Spring 1912 and meets the boss, Frederick Hudson.
  • Wolverine: Origins #15 (Aug 2007): The two above flashbacks are shown to be part of the same time period, hence just prior to WWI.
  • Wolverine: Origins #17 (Nov 2007): This one gets really confusing. Logan is shown fighting for the Devil’s Brigade in WWI and WWII with Cyber as his commanding officer. Logan also admits to throwing his mind away after Cyber killed Janet and tore out his eye (pre-WWI). BUT, Logan is next shown with his eye healed, still out of mind, then captured by Sabretooth and Cyber and finally sent to Madripoor to meet up with Captain America.
  • Wolverine: Origins #27 (Sep 2008): This is quite odd as in 1959 a fully grown Daken arrives at the same training facility at age 13 and Frederick Hudson, who should be pushing at least 70, seems relatively unaged.

It’s almost as if WWI and WWII are somehow being merged, or at best duplicated, for the original intent seems to be that Logan wore a patch at Jasmine Falls because of the eye he lost in the fight with Cyber — but that took place before WWI! My only explanation is that the two world wars somehow got mixed up during the writing of the series.

In any event with the revelation of Logan’s wife, we are treated to a series of flashes of those happier (and tragic) days…

Wolverine: Origins #27 (Sep 2008) – “Son of X, Conclusion”
Writer: Daniel Way; Artist: Stephen Segovia
Logan remembers Bando Suboro welcoming him to Jasmine Falls, the joy of marrying Itsu and his devastation at her death.

Weapon X: First Class #1 (Jan 2009) – “Don’t Look Back in Anger”
Writer: Marc Sumerak; Artist: Mark Robinson
When Professor Xavier helps Wolverine with his memories, he has a glimpse of Itsu.

X-Men Legacy #218 (Jan 2009)
Writer: Mike Carey; Penciler: Scot Eaton; Inker: Andrew Hennessy
When Xavier again probes Wolverine’s mind, he sees Logan standing over a just murdered Itsu.

Wolverine: Origins #30 (Jan 2009) – “Original Sin, Conclusion”
Writer: Daniel Way; Artist: Mike Deodato
Wolverine refers to his time at Jasmine Falls with Itsu as “the place an’ the time where I was happiest… where I was at peace.” And though Winter Soldier, on Romulus’s orders, killed Itsu, Logan does reveal to Professor Xavier that he feels responsible for her death. How Xavier knows that Romulus was responsible for stealing Daken from Itsu’s womb is left unsaid.

Wolverine: Origins #35 (Jun 2009)
Writer: Daniel Way; Pencils: Doug Braithwaite; Inker: Bill Reinhold, Klaus Janson & Jesse Delperdang
After the murder of Itsu, Wolverine remembers discovering a scent provided by Romulus that led him to the swordsmith Muramasa who “used his powers to focus the rage I felt in my heart… to extract it… and to distill it down to a single drop. It was bonded to metal. Forged. Refined. Sharpened. From my blood was made the most fearsome weapon this world has ever known.”

Wolverine: Origins #40 (Jun 2009)
Writer: Daniel Way; Pencils: Scot Eaton; Inker: Andrew Hennessy
Unconscious, Wolverine dreams of seeing Itsu.

Wolverine: Origins #49 (Aug 2010)
Writer: Daniel Way; Art: Will Conrad
Delirious, Logan relives his first encounter with Bando Saburo and encounters his dead wife, Itsu.

Wolverine: Origins #50 (Sep 2010)
Writer: Daniel Way; Art: Will Conrad
Still delirious, Wolverine again sees Itsu who asks him to finally let her go.

Logan is subsequently deployed Stateside…

Wolverine: Origins #2 (Jul 2006) – “Born in Blood, Part Two”
Writer: Daniel Way; Artist: Steve Dillon
Logan acknowledges, “I wasn’t in control of my own mind most of the time.”

Steve Dillon, Wolverine: Origins #3.

Wolverine: Origins #3 (Aug 2006) – “Born in Blood, Part Three”
Writer: Daniel Way; Artist: Steve Dillon
In Dayton, Ohio, 1953, young Frank Simpson (later to become the villain Nuke) is terrorized by his domineering and hate-spewing mother. After his parents go out for the evening, Betsy the babysitter convinces Frank that perhaps things would be better if his mother were dead. Later that evening after Frank’s mother returns home quite drunk, Charles, Frank’s father, drives Betsy home but gets pulled over by the police. The officer, revealed as Logan, shoots and kills Betsy with what turns out to be Frank’s gun, and convinces Charles that it looks bad for him, giving him his gun with a single bullet. Charles complies with the unspoken request, committing suicide in the car, and Logan reports in; it’s clearly a black ops mission to orphan Frank Simpson. Arriving at the Simpson’s residence, Logan finds that Frank has killed his mother by pushing her down the stairs and drives off with young Frank in his police car. Logan clearly has some discomfort with this mission (as does this reader) and it seems that he had no memory of these events until he recovered his memories in the aftermath of House of M. This would suggest that Logan was brainwashed after these events as he was after Jasmine Falls.

Wolverine: Origins #24 (Jun 2008) – “The Deep End, Part 4”
Writer: Daniel Way; Artist: Steve Dillon
Logan remembers killing Betsy, Frank Simpson’s babysitter.

It seems Logan extricates himself from this mysterious organization and travels the world, starting with Rio de Janeiro …

Wolverine: Black Rio (Nov 1998)
Writer: Joe Casey; Penciler: Oscar Jimenez; Inker: Eduardo Alpuente
Logan and Detective Antonio Vargas of the Rio de Janeiro Police Department reminisce about a time long ago when Logan was a bouncer at the Devil’s Grill in Rio. Logan notes, “I spent a year here… back before I started keepin’ track of what year it was… back before folks began calling me Wolverine.”

Uncanny X-Men #455 (Apr 2005) – “Not Dead Yet?!”
Writer: Chris Claremont; Penciler: Alan Davis; Inker: Mark Farmer
When visiting Mary McKenna at the Royal Tyrrell Institute in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada, Logan sees an old photo of himself, a young Mary McKenna and an older man with an eyepatch, possibly Mary’s grandfather. In the photo, the three are holding a prehistoric stone head with jeweled eyes at the Royal Tyrrell Institute. Mary McKenna’s cryptic comments suggest they fought some unknown menace in the mid-1950s, possibly a race of intelligence beings descended from dinosaurs known as Hauk’ka. There was a massacre, but Logan and Mary were able to stop them, possibly making a deal to stop the violence. Along the way, Logan fell in love with Mary.

Wolverine (Vol. 2) #58 (Nov 2007) – “Not Dead Yet?!”
Writer: Chris Claremont; Penciler: Alan Davis; Inker: Mark Farmer
It seems likely that Logan was seriously wounded during the adventure with the Hauk’ka, as he had to fight Lazaer to regain his soul after a life-threatening injury, dressed exactly as he was in the photograph.

There is one final entry from this period, but due to its nature, it is doubtful that it actually occurred…

Excalibur (vol. 3) #14 (Jul 2005) – “The End of the World As We Know It”
Writer: Chris Claremont; Pencils: Aaron Lopresti; Inker: Adams, Rapmund & Vancata
Professor Xavier relives a memory from the Korean War (1950-1953) that includes Logan as a wisecracking Army buddy. But because of the inclusion of other individuals, such as Scott Summers, one must question whether he populated the memory with people from the present instead of those who actually were there.

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15 years ago


I absolutely love to go through and read these updates. This section in particular had a bunch of new stuff.

Great job, as always!

14 years ago

The Jasmine Falls chronology here is especially helpful in understanding “Origins and Endings.” Your site is invaluable.

14 years ago

Erm, I hate to bring this awkward issue up, but Wolverine’s meeting with the Parkers couldn’t have happened in 1948 as Mary Parker was already pregnant with Peter by this time. And with Marvel’s sliding timeline, there’s no way Peter could have been conceived this long ago. So this episode has to occur much, much later.

13 years ago

crazy writers they contradicted themselves and each other logan s origins is a mystery within a mysdtery. seems like romulus had daken take out the training facility and fred hudson since they served romulus no more purpose so daken killed everyone involved cept cyber since romuluis had plans for cyber. romulus seems to have logan, creed, or daken do all his dirty work.

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