Get further insight into this version of Wolverine with his classic debut tale!

Every Friday we use the powers of Marvel Unlimited to look back at the very first appearance of a major character, place or object that made waves this week.

With the end of the OLD MAN LOGAN story “Return to the Wasteland” hitting this week, it seems like just the right time to do the same ourselves and look at his first appearance!

This alternate future version of the character first debuted in 2008’s WOLVERINE #66 thanks to Mark Millar and Steve McNiven. That issue showed a take of the ol’ Canucklehead who had survived the villains’ attempt to take out the heroes and divide up the country. He’d even settled down with a woman named Maureen and they’d had a pair of kids: Scotty and Jade.

Logan had become so focused on keeping his family safe that he refused to pop his claws and take out members of the Hulk gang when they came to collect the rent he didn’t have. Instead, he took a beating in front of his kin and found their very survival threatened if he didn’t come up with the money by the next month.

As he healed, another survivor paid Logan a visit: Clint Barton. The now-blind archer proposed a delivery job to raise some capital, in which the former X-Man would help get the one-time Avenger to the east coast in two weeks. Logan agreed and the two took off in the old Spider-Mobile with Hawkeye at the wheel!

The rest of the story ran until issue #72 and concluded in the WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN GIANT-SIZE one-shot; along the way the heroic duo ran into Ghost Riders, killer Moloids, Venom-covered dinosaurs, and the massive skeleton of Hank Pym.

Of course, this being Wolverine, plenty of skeletons still rattled in the old closet. Eventually he told Hawkeye why he never wanted to pop his claws again. Back during the villain uprising, Mysterio tricked him into killing all of the X-Men. To punish himself, he put his head on the tracks where he waited until a train smashed into him.

Wolverine (2003) #66

Wolverine (2003) #66

  • Published: June 18, 2008
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: January 01, 2010
  • Rating: Parental Advisory
  • Writer: Mark Millar
  • Penciller: Steve McNiven
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Upon arriving in New Babylon, the pair soon learned that the samples of Super Soldier Serum they’d carried all across the country weren’t meant to start a new hero team, but to be given to The Red Skull—the President of the United States!

Hawkeye’s fake contacts blasted both of them, but Logan got better and dealt with President Skull by cutting his head off with Captain America’s shield before blasting off for home in part of an Iron Man armor with a briefcase full of money. Unfortunately, the Hulk gang got bored, came for the rent early and killed Logan’s family in the meantime. Enraged, Logan rechristened himself Wolverine and exacted bloody revenge on his family’s killers before moving on to the head honcho himself: Bruce Banner.

Flash Forward

Old Man Logan came back to the forefront as Secret Wars reintroduced a variety of alternate reality characters to readers before integrating a lot of them into the main Marvel Universe. Brian Michael Bendis and Andrea Sorrentino handled that five issue story which saw Logan clawing his way from one part of Battleworld to another before eventually landing naked in the Marvel U’s Times Square. The ongoing adventures have been handled by Jeff Lemire and Sorrentino, with Lemire also bringing Logan into the fold of EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN. With our version of Wolverine still in the dirt, this one helps fill the void while he also travels the world trying to ensure his world never comes about.

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Logan proves that shopping may not be his specialty, but he can hunt down kidnappers-dressed-as-Santa with the best of them!

Celebrate 12 Days of Marvel with a showcase of holiday-themed comic books ready to read on Marvel Unlimited!

To paraphrase Logan at the beginning of WOLVERINE #49, he might be the best there is at what he does, but that ain’t shopping.

“Better to Give” by Rob Williams and Laurence Campbell sets the mutant known for berserker rages in the most dangerous place imaginable: a mall on Christmas Eve.

Making matters worse, a group of terrorists disguised as elves stages a large scale hostage situation that covers up their true plans to kidnap an heiress. To get away with the young woman and sneak past the cops, the criminals all dress in Santa suits to make a quick getaway which works—on everyone but Wolverine.

Wolverine (2003) #49

Wolverine (2003) #49

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Working with the heiress’ haggard bodyguard, Logan tracks down the Claus-clad crooks and teaches them about love, kindness, and understanding. Just kidding! Instead he pops those famous claws and growls, “I got no stomach to rip out the guts of seven Santas on Christmas Eve, but I will. Trust me.”

The henchmen bail, but the leader tries to set off the explosives wrapped around the heiress. To show that good does exist in the world, Wolverine slices off the vest and uses his body to shield everyone from the explosion. Now, that’s how you spread cheer on Christmas!

On the sixth day of X-Mas my True Believer gave to me six claws a-popping, five skiing Rhodeys, four fallen Daredevils, three killer trees, two Doom Bots and a demon in the X-Mansion.

Come back next week for another Holiday Grab Bag featuring PUNISHER: SILENT NIGHT!

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Before the super spy returns in his new ongoing series this October, check out five of his most brutal battles!

Winter is coming—and we don’t just mean the season. The Winter Soldier, Marvel’s super cool super spy, will get another ongoing series starting this October. BUCKY BARNES: THE WINTER SOLDIER by Ales Kot and Marco Rudy will take the sharpshooter to places he’s never been before, including alien planets and Asgardian realms. But before you witness Bucky Barnes blast off into new territory, here are five of the Winter Soldier’s most intense battles with his fiercest foes!

1. Captain America

Captain America (2004) #14

Captain America (2004) #14

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After decades spent running wetworks missions, the brainwashed Winter Soldier emerged from the shadows to engage in a bit of deadly hand-to-hand combat with his old partner, Captain America. Cap thought that his partner had died, and the revelation to the contrary shocked him to his core. The Winter Soldier lost the battle once Steve Rogers used a Cosmic Cube on the assassin, forcing him to remember his past life as Bucky.

2. Wolverine

Wolverine (2003) #39

Wolverine (2003) #39

  • Published: February 22, 2006
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: September 17, 2008
  • Rating: Parental Advisory
  • Writer: Daniel Way
  • Penciller: Javier Saltares
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After regaining his memories, Bucky ran into another guy that had just regained all of his memories—Wolverine. Unfortunately for both of them, they both remembered the time a mind controlled Winter Soldier had murdered Wolverine’s wife and unborn child. Logan tracked Winter Soldier to Serbia where the two clashed next to a giant printing press—a location picked by Bucky to cloud his foe’s senses with the smell of ink. The fight that followed escalated to biting fairly quickly.

3. The Grand Director

Captain America (2004) #40

Captain America (2004) #40

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When Bucky took over the mantle of Captain America from a fallen Steve Rogers, he had to deal with another replacement Cap—William Burnside, the Captain America from the 1950’s. The crazy Cap reemerged as a pawn for the Red Skull and Doctor Faustus in their plan to gain political control of the United States. The two clashed shields until Burnside punched Bucky off of a skyscraper. Luckily Falcon just so happened to be flying through the neighborhood.

4. Baron Zemo

Captain America (2004) #610

Captain America (2004) #610

  • Published: September 29, 2010
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 04, 2011
  • Rating: T
  • Writer: Ed Brubaker
  • Penciller: Butch Guice
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Plenty of bad blood exists between the Winter Soldier and Baron Helmut Zero, the son of the villain that originally put Bucky on ice back in the waning days of World War II. Bucky confronted the Baron and came face to face with the exact circumstances of his previous “death.” Zemo tied the hero to another rocket plane, hoping to kill him using the same method as his father. Unfortunately for the son of Zemo, Bucky had picked up a few new tricks in the decade since his near demise and broke free just in time.

5. Leo Novokov

Winter Soldier (2012) #9

Winter Soldier (2012) #9

  • Published: August 29, 2012
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: March 08, 2013
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Ed Brubaker
  • Cover Artist: Steve Epting
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Bucky clashed with another assassin cut from the same cloth as him when the maniac Leo Novokov came out of suspended animation. The madman murdered Fred Davis, a replacement Bucky from the 1940’s, and turned the Black Widow into a weapon to be used against the Winter Soldier. Bucky ended up winning the battle, but lost the love of his life in the process.

A new chapter in the super spy’s life begins this October in BUCKY BARNES: THE WINTER SOLDIER!

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Meet the folks joining Logan for X-Men Regenesis as he sets up shop back in Westchester

Every week we’ll pick a handful of awesome comics from the thousands available through Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. From creator spotlights to editor’s picks and more, this’ll be your spot to find something new and cool.

By Ben Chabala 

With the all-new WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #1 in stores this week we want to introduce you to a few of the feral headmaster’s new teammates, faculty, and staff.  Check out classic tales featuring Kitty Pryde, Beast, Iceman, Kid Omega, and more!

UNCANNY X-MEN #47

After the dissolution of the X-Men, two of the team’s most eligible bachelors, Hank McCoy and Bobby Drake—Beast and Iceman respectively—hit the town to wash away their woes. Unfortunately for the dashing duo and their dates, the nefarious Maha Yogi, better known as the wizarding Warlock, threatens to enthrall the innocent citizens of Westchester and break them to his will. Will Hank and Bobby expose the nefarious villain’s wicked parlor trick plot or will Maha Yogi’s magic put a permanent end to the marvelous mutants’ evening?

UNCANNY X-MEN #173

Wolverine and Rogue take Tokyo by storm, a whirlwind of adamantium claws and Southern charm. Viper and the Silver Samurai poisoned the X-Men in an attempt to usurp control of the Yashida criminal empire, and now Logan must find a cure before the team finds themselves pushing up daisies instead of attending his wedding.  If that means the unlikely duo need to bash and slash their way through an army of yakuza thugs and deadly ninja so be it!

KITTY PRYDE AND WOVERINE #1

After a freak series of events, Kitty Pryde, the youngest student at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, finds herself wandering the frighteningly foreign streets of Japan.  She’s been shot at, rained on, and chased by the police. She just wants to go home, but the hero inside needs to protect her father from his unsavory business partners. Kitty will need some help if she wants to take down the top dogs in Tokyo, so she makes a collect call to Westchester and thus begins one of the greatest team-ups in X-Men history!

NEW X-MEN #135

What happens when good kids go bad? Well if you throw in the mutant power enhancer Kick and give it to Quentin Quire and his band of mutant misfits you’ve got Kid Omega and a riot on your hands. Omega and his gang aim to avenge all the mutants killed by humans, starting by killing the new homo sapien students rolling up to the Xavier Institute for opening day. Will Wolverine and the rest of the faculty quell Quentin’s riot and the raging student body before the new kids and their parents show up?

WOLVERINE (2003) #25

HYDRA has brainwashed the world’s most dangerous mutant and transformed him into their own personal assassin. Wolverine’s left a swath of eviscerated bodies in his wake and now he’s aiming for the President of the United States. With Washington locked down and Captain America leading the guard, Logan heads to Xavier’s to tap into the brain draining power of Cerebra. Luckily for the Commander in Chief, the X-Men know he’s coming and they’ve rolled out the optic blast welcome wagon. Do the Children of the Atom have what it takes to bring down one of their own?

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