The Many Origins of Wolverine

Alan Kistler

Alan Kistler is a freelance writer who has contributed to and He is a freelance video editor who occasionally acts in independent film projects. His blog is located at

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  1. Jason M. Bryant says:

    "this is a slight nod to the fact that in the mainstram Marvel continuity, the Weapon X program was actually the tenth generation of the experiment that made Captain America"I doubt that's what the writers were thinking, at least not directly. In the Ultimate Universe, every other character is an attempt to recreate Captain America. This includes the Hulk, Iron Man, Spider-Man and some of his villains, plus half the Avengers.

  2. mike weber says:

    "…He was stronger than a normal guy of his build since his bones were reinforced with metal…"Might be true for adamantium (or arenak, for that matter), but not for any metal we currently have – living bone is stronger than any metal or alloy currently available; titanium replacement hip joints snap with depressing regularity from things like turning on your heel too quickly.

    • Anonymous says:

      "…He was stronger than a normal guy of his build since his bones were reinforced with metal…"is referring to his muscular strength from lifting the now metal coated skeleton. much the same way a fat person is stronger than a thinner person due to carrying more weight. so your statements about bone being stronger than metal is irrevelent, if it were true. (bone is weaker, can just rebuild)

      • mike weber says:

        Sorry. Living bone *is* stronger than metal *in the same configuration" – i was serious when i mentioned artificial hip joints, which can snap from ordinary daily activity as an instance you really have to *work* to break an original equipment hip – and the hip joint is just about the worst-"engineered" joint in the body, a built-in failure point.If they ever actually build a "beanstalk"/space elevator, it will lamost certainly be built of fibre-matrix composite materials (which have the same structure and basic characteristics as bone), rather than metal, and there's a reason that more and more high-stress automotive parts are made from composites, and it ain't (mostly, anyway) cost-cutting.

  3. Anonymous says:

    It's worth noting (perhaps in another article) that Sabretooth didn't start out with his healing factor, either: there's an issue of Web of Spider-Man in which Spidey webs up Sabretooth's face, and when Creed tries to pull the webbing off, he severely injures himself, sending him to the hospital, where he gets bandaged up. In the next issue, while Sabretooth (still bandaged) is fighting the Black Cat, she reopens the wounds, ultimately defeating him. That story threw me when I was younger, because I couldn't figure out why his healing factor didn't fix him.

  4. dylan says:

    actually, bones are not stronger than metal. however, bones are less likely to break because they are more flexible

  5. Anonymous says:

    Like the above article stated – Sabretooth is of the feline persuasion, the name says it all (anyone ever read Daredevil Vol 1 238?) which makes the whole lupine thing ridiculous, and kinda offensive as a Sabretooth fan. Watching Animal Planet should be a prerequisite for some of these comic writers apparently.