Classic Wolverine Cover: Heroes for Hope Starring the X-Men

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There was one other great cover in 1985

But it wasn’t your average comic book.

Think ‘We Are the World’ for the comic book industry, or more accurately, Heroes for Hope starring the X-Men.

And the cover by Arthur Adams was about as tremendous a start for such an ambitious project as could have been hoped for…

Wolverine Covers: Heroes for Hope starring the X-Men

The project included such luminaries as Stan Lee, Stephen King, Berni Wrightson and Alan Moore, plus a special Wolverine section of the story.

What do you get when you team up Harlan Ellison, Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz on a three-page Wolverine vignette?

Absolute ecstasy as evidenced below…

Heroes for Hope starring the X-Men Wolverine page

Other notable teams of contributors included…

Stan Lee, John Romita, Jr. and Al Gordon
Stan Lee, John Buscema and Klaus Janson
Ed Bryant, Brent Anderson and Joe Sinnott
Louise Simonson, John Byrne and Terry Austin
Ed Bryant, Brent Anderson and Dan Green
Stephen King, Berni Wrightson and Jeff Jones
Bill Mantlo, Charlie Vess and Jay Muth
Ed Bryant, Brent Anderson and Tom Palmer
Alan Moore and Richard Corben
Ann Nocenti, Mike Kaluta and Al Milgrom
Chris Claremont, Brian Bolland and Craig Russell
Jo Duffy and John Bolton
Mike Baron, Steve Rude and Carl Potts
Denny O’Neil, Bret Blevins and Al Williamson
George Martin, Herb Trimpe and Sal Buscema
Bruce Jones and Gray Morrow
Steve Englehart, Paul Gulacy and Bob Layton
Jim Shooter, Alan Weiss and Joe Rubinstein
Mike Grell, Jackson Guice and Steve Leialoha
Archie Goodwin, Howard Chaykin and Walt Simonson


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15 years ago


. . . I’ve never read this one.

That breaks my heart. This looks amazing.

I wonder if it’s on Marvel’s Digital Comic Database . . .

15 years ago

Leaves me with an eager “what happens next?” kind of feeling! :D

The cover is truly epic! Thank you for the upload!

15 years ago

The issue is kind of disappointing, to be honest. Though the three-page Wolverine segment is a treat. But I did reprint the best part.

14 years ago

It is really strange that at one time they considered Wolverine being human before he went through the Weapon X project. I never knew that this was a possible Origin for Wolverine at one time.

According to that scan you posted in this thread, the writers intended for Logan to gain the ability to heal when he got the Adamantium bonded to his body. Very interesting to know that Marvel writers had hinted this back then. Thank you DiG.
8 years ago

Some really excellent posts on this website, thank you for contribution. “My salad days, When I was green in judgment.” by William Shakespeare.

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