World War II
In either the late 1960's or early 1970's Logan lived in Japan. Logan lived in peace in Japan. Logan was friends with local monks that lived in Japan mainly a monk named Master Oku. Logan was also in a relationship with a woman named Yuriko Oyama.
Logan was later chosen to be part of a special Canadian black ops unit called Team-X. Logan was contacted by the Canadian government and had to leave Japan and Yuriko. However, Logan promised Yuriko that he would come back for her.
When Logan returned to Canada the Canadian government placed him in a military black ops team called Team X. Team X consisted of himself, Sabretooth, Silver Fox, and Maverick.
Team X was later sent to Russia to stop a Russian super soldier named Omega Red from taking over the country. Wolverine was able to stop Omega Red by tricking him into a cryogenic chamber and freezing him. However, according to Wolverine he almost died while fighting Omega Red and was only able to beat him because he got lucky.
After some time with Team-X, Logan was chosen to be part of a top secret Canadian government project called Weapon X. As part of his training for the Weapon X program, Logan was made to wear an electronic headset and do battle simulations. After these simulations were complete the headset would be activated and would erase Logan's memories. This was meant to make Logan the ultimate assassin. An assassin that could be programed to kill a certain target then could remember nothing about what they did in the event the assassin was ever captured.
Logan was then taken against his will to the Weapon X facility and placed in a large glass tube filled with liquid. A man known only as the Professor oversaw the Weapon X program. While Logan was in the glass tube filled with liquid a man made metal called adamantium was bonded to his skeleton.
When Logan awoke the Professor explained to Logan that his skeleton had been fused with an indestructible metal called adamantium. Logan's adamantium claws then emerged from his hands for the very first time causing him great pain. Logan became angry and broke free from the glass tube. Logan then tried to kill the Professor but he managed to escape. Logan then left the Weapon X facility.
Shortly after escaping the Weapon X facility Logan came across a man and a woman named James and Heather Hudson hunting deer. Logan at this time was in a feral rage induced state, possible a result of the trauma he had just endured from the Weapon X adamantium bonding process. Logan then attacked James. However, Heather was able to shoot Logan with a tranquilizer and he passed out.
James and Heather then took Logan to their cabin to help him. When Logan awoke he found himself tied to a bed. However, Logan used his new adamantium claws to cut through the rope. Logan then went after Heather. However, Heather was able to convince Logan she was only trying to help him. Logan then broke down crying asking why he was put through the Weapon X program. Heather then hugged Logan and told him that everything would be alright.
Over the next several weeks James and Heather helped Logan regain his human nature instead of the feral beast Weapon X had turned him into. James and Heather then introduced Logan to a man named General Chasen. General Chasen was the director of a Canadian organization called Department H which monitored all superhuman activity in Canada. Department H and General Chasen also were the commanding officers of Alpha Flight, a team of Canadian superheroes. Logan agreed to join Alpha Flight on the condition that Department H would find out who forced him to go through the Weapon X process. Vindicator then gave Logan a costume and he took the Wolverine.
Not much is known about Wolverine's time with Alpha Flight. It could be assumed that he helped Alpha Flight on several missions.
At some point Logan returned to Japan to find Yurio but she had left her home and Logan did not know where she was.
Joining the X-Men
Loss of Morph
In the early 1990's Wolverine became very good friends with his teammate, Morph. According to Wolverine, Morph was the only one that could make him laugh.
When Professor X learned that the Mutant Control Agency was using giant robots called Sentinels to hunt down mutants he ordered the X-Men to break into the Mutant Control Agency and destroy all files they had on mutants. The X-Men were able to destroy the files but were confronted by several Sentinels when they tried to escape. One Sentinel almost shot shot Wolverine with a laser. However, Morph pushed Wolverine out of the way and took the full force of the blast. The X-Men then left leaving Morph behind. As they got back to the Xavier Mansion, Wolverine punched Cyclops in the stomach for abandoning Morph. Wolverine and Cyclops nearly got into a fight but they were stopped by Jean Grey.
Shortly afterwards Scott Summers approached Logan and asked if he wanted to find the Sentinel's home base. Cyclops was able to find a Sentinel and used his optic blast to damage it. As the Sentinel flew back to its base the X-Men tracked it.
As the X-Men arrived at the Sentinels base Wolverine and the X-Men began to fight and destroy the Sentinels. While Wolverine sliced up a Sentinel with his claws he shouted that he was doing it for Morph.
After this Wolverine formed a close friendship with the newest X-Men member, Jubilee. A friendship similar to the one he had with Morph.
Wolverine later learned that Morph had actually survived the Sentinel attack and was now working for Mister Sinister because he had been brainwashed. However, Morph was later able to overcome Sinister's brainwashing and betrayed him to save the X-Men. Morph feared that he would harm the X-Men so instead of going back to the Xavier Mansion, he ran away. However, Wolverine was determined to find Morph and bring him home.
Logan later managed to track Morph to the Amazon jungle in Brazil. However, Morph did not want to return to the Xavier Mansion. To get away from Logan, Morph shapeshifted into Jean Grey. As Jean, Morph said that she would never love him. As Logan began to break down Morph was able to escape. However, Logan followed after him.
A short while later Logan caught up with Morph in a mine shaft. Morph attacked Logan. While they fought Logan told Morph that the X-Men could help him. However, Morph picked Logan up and threw him against the wall and injured him. As Morph ran off he shouted that he had to get over what Mister Sinister did to him by himself. Logan then said that when he was ready the X-Men would be there for him.
Xavier helping Sabretooth
Sabretooth later attacked Beast's trial and was almost killed by the guards. However, Scott Summers saved him. Unaware of the history between Logan and Sabretooth, Scott ordered Logan to help save Sabretooth or else he would be killed. However, Logan refused to help and even liked the idea of Sabretooth dying.
The X-Men then took Sabretooth to the infirmary at the Xavier Mansion. As Logan stood over Sabretooth he said that if it wasn't for Xavier he would kill him. When Magneto attacked a missile base Wolverine, Cyclops, and Storm went to the base to stop him, leaving Jubilee at the mansion to watch Sabretooth.
On several occasions Wolverine attempted to kill Sabretooth but was stopped by the other X-Men. Wolverine tried to explain that Sabretooth had killed his friends in Team X when he worked for the Canadian government. However, no one listened to him.
It was later revealed that Sabretooth was really working for Magneto and that that he had been sent to the Xavier Mansion to take it over. Sabretooth nearly killed Jubilee but she was saved by Wolverine. Wolverine then fought Sabretooth. As Wolverine was about to kill Sabretooth, Professor X entered the room and ordered Wolverine to stop and also told him that he must not take revenge. However, Jubilee revealed to Professor X that Sabretooth was going to kill her and she was saved by Wolverine. Seconds later Sabretooth managed to escape the mansion.
Sabretooth in the Canadian Arctic
Logan became angry when he realized that Jean loves Scott and not him. Because of this Logan went to the Canadian Arctic to clear his head. However, Logan was being tracked by Sabretooth. Logan was then attacked by Sabretooth. However, when the ice broke Logan fell into the ocean. Logan was still alive and grabbed into a big chunk of ice floating in the ocean. As Logan floated away Sabretooth swore he would track Logan down and kill him.
Logan was later found by an Inuit Tribe and they took him to their village so they could provide medical assistance to him. Sabretooth saw the Inuit rescue Logan and he started tracking him again.
Sometime later Logan awoke in the camp and offered to work around the camp as thanks for saving his life. Everyone in the tribe liked Logan. This made Pooyetah's (the tribe elder) son, Kiyoek jealous and he began to try and outdo Logan with no success. Logan even begins to feel at peace in the tribe.
Kiyoek later wondered away from the tribe and came across Sabretooth. Sabretooth could smell Logan's scent on Kiyoek and believed that he was Logan's friend. Because of this Sabretooth almost killed Kiyoek. However, Kiyoek told Sabretooth that Logan was not his friend and that Logan has made him look like a fool in front of his own people. Sabretooth then told Kiyoek that if he wanted Wolverine gone he would do as he says.
Kiyoek and Logan then went fishing on a boat in the ocean. Kiyoek believed that Sabretooth was going to attack Logan. However, Logan and Kiyoek heard an explosion at the Inuit camp and hurried back there. Kiyoek revealed tp Logan that he though he was leading Logan into a trap but didn't know that Sabretooth would attack the village. Logan nearly killed Kiyoek with his claws but stopped himself.
Wolverine and Kiyoek eventually found Sabretooth. Sabretooth showed Wolverine that he had the members of the tribe tied to a bridge made of ice and they were surrounded by explosives. Sabretooth then told Wolverine that he only had one minute to save them but to do that he would have to defeat Sabretooth.
As Sabretooth and Wolverine fought Sabretooth nearly killed Wolverine. However, Kiyoek tackled Sabretooth giving Wolverine enough time to get back onto his feet. As Sabretooth lunged at Wolverine, Wolverine moved out of the way and Sabretooth dove over the side of a cliff. Wolverine and Kiyoek then saved the villagers.
Wolverine offered to help the Inuit rebuild their village. However, Pooyetah revealed that they were moving to the city. Pooyetah called Wolverine his friend which he was glad to hear.
Return of Omega Red
While the X-Men were away Jubilee was left alone at the Xavier Mansion. Colossus arrived shortly afterwards and told Jubilee that she needed the X-Men's help to free his country from a mutant named Omega Red. With the other X-Men gone Jubilee agreed to accompany Colossus back to Russia by herself. She left a note on the fridge in the kitchen telling the X-Men what she was doing and went to Russia with Colossus.
When Logan arrived back at the Xavier Mansion he found Jubilee's note and realized that his old enemy had returned. Logan then got on a jet and flew to Russia.
As Wolverine arrived in Russia and found Jubilee and Colossus fighting Omega Red at a prison while Colossus was trying to free his countrymen. Wolverine then attacked Omega Red. Omega Red nearly killed Wolverine but Colossus threw a tank on top of him. This gave Wolverine, Jubilee, Colossus, and Jubilee enough time to escape.
A short time later Storm, Gambit, and Rogue arrived to help Wolverine, Jubilee, and Colossus fight Omega Red. They were also aided by a mutant that worked for the Russian government named Darkstar. Storm was able to use her powers to create an ice storm which froze Omega Red trapping him in ice once more.
Return of Alpha Flight
Sometime later Wolverine received a message from Heather Hudson and went to the Canadian wilderness to meet her. However, when Wolverine arrived he learned that Vindicator was the one that sent him the message to lure Wolverine into a trap. Vindicator told Wolverine that he belonged with Alpha Flight and he was going to take him back, by force if necessary. The other members of Alpha Flight, Shaman, Puck, Snowbird, Northstar, Aurora, and Sasquatch also showed up to help Vindicator. Wolverine fought Alpha Flight and managed to get away. Alpha Flight managed to track down Wolverine. Wolverine put up a fight but managed to be captured by Alpha Flight.
Logan later awoke strapped to an operating table with Vindicator in front of him. Logan shouted at Vindicator to release him. However, Vindicator told Logan he wasn't the wasn't the one giving the order. When Logan asked who was in charge Heather Hudson walked in and told Logan that she was. Logan felt as if Heather had betrayed him. However, Heather told Logan that what she was doing was for Canada's security. General Chasen then waled in and revealed to Logan that Department H had been trying to recreate the Weapon X program but all of their test subjects had died. Chasen then revealed that Logan had been brought back to Department H so he could find out how he survived the adamantium bonding process.
Heather was put in charge of scanning Logan's body to find out how he survived the adamantium bonding process. Heather actually cared for Logan and agreed to lead this project she wanted it to be as painless as possible for him. However, the scanning process was still extremely painful for Logan. When Heather saw that Logan was in pain she turned off the probe. However, Chasen ordered her to resume scanning Logan's body. Heather denied to run any further tests because she had already performed the scan and learned nothing about how Wolverine survived the Weapon X process. General Chasen then ordered Heather to surgically remove Logan's adamantium skeleton. Heather knew that that would kill him and not wanting to be a murderer resigned from Department H and told Chasen to do it himself.
The members of Alpha Flight overheard what Chasen talk about what he wanted to do to Logan and they rushed in to protect him. Logan was able to break free from his restraints and tried to escape but was stopped by Vindicator. Vindicator had been blindly following orders and was there alongside Chasen when he attempted to kill Logan. Logan and Vindicator fought. However, the fight was quick and Logan was able to subdue Vindicator. Logan almost kill Vindicator. However, Heather convinced him not to. Before leaving Department H Logan warned Alpha Flight that if they ever came after him again they would regret it.
In the year 2055 A.D., the time Bishop hailed from, a plague created by Apocalypse killed thousands of people. Bishop went back in time to help the X-Men stop the release of the virus. However, this event also affected Cable's time period of 3999 A.D. Because the plague was never released in the past anti-bodies that were key to the stabilization of the mutant x-gene were never created. Over time uncontrolled mutations developed and the virus Apocalypse created began to naturally occur in mutants. This nearly wiped out all mutants on Earth. Cable then realized that to save his time he would have to help Apocalypse destroy a past one.
However, after learning about the X-Men's powers Cable came up with a plan that he hoped would save both his timeline and Bishop's timeline. While the X-Men and Bishop were fighting Apocalypse at his laboratory were the virus was created, Cable made sure that Wolverine was exposed to the virus. Wolverine's healing power created the anti-bodies needed to cure the virus. Because of this both Bishop and Cable's time's were never infected by the virus.
Infiltrating the Friends of Humanity
After the Friends of Humanity attacked a hospital Beast worked at Logan became angry and went undercover and infiltrated the Friends of Humanity using the alias, John Logan. When Logan first joined the Friends of Humanity he was interviewed by their leader, Graydon Creed. During the interview Logan realized that Graydon Creed looked like Sabretooth and began to suspect that Graydon was Sabretooth's son. Logan then contacted the X-Men and asked them to come to the FoH headquarters to find a woman they had kidnapped. Logan also asked Cyclops to bring Cerebro's 3-D projector and a video file on Sabretooth.
When the X-Men arrived Logan was able to rescue Carly and in the process revealed to Graydon Creed that he was a mutant. Cyclops then activated the 3-D projector and projected an image of Sabretooth which frightened Graydon Creed. During this time the Friends of Humanity learned that Graydon Creed was the son of Sabretooth, a mutant. Creed then lost his cool and began to shoot at the hologram of Sabretooth and repeatedly shouted that Sabretooth wasn't his father. With Creed distracted Logan was able to get Beast and Carly to safety.
Logan's former girlfriend, Yuriko Oyama, developed a hatred for Logan. Her father, Professor Oyama, was one of the scientist that worked for the Weapon X program. When Wolverine went on a rampage through the Weapon X facility he killed Professor Oyama. When Yuriko learned that Logan was responsible for her father's death she looked for a way to get revenge. Yuriko eventually found a group of cyborgs living in New York City called the Reavers. The Reavers then transformed Yuriko into a cyborg. Yuriko's cybernetics gave her ten adamantium claws, one on the tip of each finger. Yuriko then took the name Lady Deathstrike and began to plot her revenge on Logan.
Several years later Lady Deathstrike and the Reavers invaded the Morlock tunnels below New York City. Fearing for his life the Morlock, Leech, showed Lady Deathstrike a giant alien ship in the Morlock tunnels that had crashed on Earth thousands of years ago. When Lady Deathstrike tried to get inside the ship the force field around around it reacted with her cybernetics and electrocuted her. However, Lady Deathstrikes adamantium claws were able to cut the ship. Lady Deathstrike then decided that they needed a human with a pair of adamantium claws and she had Leech call Wolverine to lure him into the Morlock tunnels.
Wolverine then went into the Morlock tunnel but was followed by Gambit and Jubilee. A short while later Wolverine was attacked by the Reavers. However, Wolverine was easily able to defeat the Reavers. Lady Deathstrike then showed herself to Wolverine. Wolverine saw that the woman he once loved was now a hideous cyborg. Lady Deathstrike then revealed that she wanted revenge on Wolverine for killing her father, Professor Oyama. Wolverine then remembered that Professor Oyamam was the scientist that developed the adamantium bonding process and that he was killed when Wolverine went on a rampage in the Weapon X facility. Lady Deathstrike then attacked Wolverine. Wolverine was then captured by the Reavers. Lady Deathstrike tried to kill Wolverine but she was stopped by the Reavers. The Reavers told Lady Deathstrike that they first needed Wolverine to open the alien ship and then she could kill him.
Lady Deathstrike and the Reavers brought Wolverine to the alien ship and told him to use his claws to open it. However, Wolverine refused and attacked the Reavers. Jubilee and Gambit arrived a few seconds later helped Wolverine fight the Reavers. While Wolverine and Lady Deathstrike fought Lady Deathstrike got thrown into the force field which reacted to her cybernetic body parts and electrocuted her. Wolverine then used his claws to slice open the ship to save Lady Deathstrike but in the process freed a creature called a Spirit Drinker from the alien ship. The Spirit Drinker wrapped its tendril around several members of the Reavers and Jubilee and drained them of their souls which also placed them in a catatonic state. Wolverine then grabbed Jubilee and he, Gambit, and Lady Deathstrike ran away. Wolverine and Lady Deathstrike then fought the Spirit Drinker. However, the Spirit Drinker managed to drain Lady Deathstrike of her soul also placing her in a catatonic state. Shortly afterwards the rest of the X-Men arrived to help Wolverine.
A short while later Wolverine and the X-Men found the Spirit Drinker and attacked it. While Wolverine fought the Spirit Drinker he learned that it could also be harmed by electricity. Gambit then threw his metal staff into the Spirit Drinker. The staff also toughed a subway rail that was electrified. The electricity was then conducted into the staff and destroyed the Spirit Drinker. With the Spirit Drinker destroyed all the souls it had taken were returned to the rightful bodies which in turn brought everyone out of their catatonic state, including Lady Deathstrike and Jubilee. Lady Deathstrike then approached Wolverine and told him that for now she would leave him alone as thanks for saving her life. However, Lady Deathstrike also swore that one day she would return to get her revenge.
When Spider-Man arrived at the Xavier Mansion he sought the help of Professor X to find a cure for his furthering mutation. However, Spider-Man fell through a trap door and into the lower levels of the mansion. There he was confronted by the X-Men and Wolverine. Wolverine threatened to kill him if he made one wrong move. However, Spider-Man was able to get away and Wolverine and the X-Men chased after him. Spider-Man ran into the Danger Room and was confronted by deadly holographic images of the Sentinels. The X-Men managed to save Spider-Man and after the Danger Room was shut down Wolverine threatened to kill him. However, Professor X arrived stopped them. Spider-Man then told Xavier that he was mutating into some kind of monster and asked Xavier for a cure. However, Xavier answered that his work was not to cure mutants but to help them accept what they are. As Spider-Man shouted at Xavier that he didn't want to turn into a freak Wolverine replied that being a mutant was a gift and not a curse. Spider-Man then took off and Beast followed him and told him that Brand Corporation was doing research on his specific type of mutation. As soon as Spider-Man left Beast was attacked by a security team working for Herbert Landon (CEO of the Brand Corporation) and was taken hostage.
The next morning Wolverine realized that Beast had not slept in his bed and went searching for him. As Wolverine used his senses to track Beast down Wolverine also picked up the scent of Spider-Man and the guards that abducted Beast. Wolverine believed that Spider-Man had set up the trap and captured Beast and was determined to track him down. Wolverine eventually tracked Spider-Man to the Brand Corporation and demanded to know where Beast was. Spider-Man answered that he didn't know but Wolverine didn't believe him. Wolverine then extended his claws and lunged at Spider-Man. As the two of them fought Hobgoblin (who was blackmailing Landon) threw a pumpkin bomb at them and flies off on his glider. Unknown to Hobgoblin both Spider-Man and Wolverine survived the explosion. Spider-Man then convinced Wolverine that he didn't kidnap Beast and he and Wolverine started to work together to find Beast. However, Wolverine still did not trust Spider-Man.
As Wolverine and Spider-Man fought their way into the laboratory of the Brand Corporation, Herbert Landon ordered his guards to kill the two of them. However, Wolverine was easily able to take down the guards. As Wolverine looked around the room he saw Beast hanging in a cage above a pool of chemicals designed to kill mutants. Wolverine leaped up to the cage. However, the bars were electrified and as Wolverine touched them he was electrocuted and passed out. Beast was able to grab Wolverine's shirt before he could fall into the chemicals and die. At that moment Landon attempted to kill Hobgoblin and fell into the chemicals himself. Wolverine then regained consciousness and was able to get himself and Beast to safety. As they looked at the vat of chemicals Herbert Landon emerged and mutated into a giant green reptilian monster. When the other X-Men learned of the giant monster they met up with Wolverine, Beast, and Spider-Man and came up with a plan to defeat it. The X-Men were able to drain Landon of electrical energy and he transformed back into a human. The X-Men then told Spider-Man that it was an honor working with him. Wolverine then approached Spider-Man and said that no matter what problems he is going through he doesn't have to go through it alone and tells him that if he needs a friend he can always turn to the X-Men for help. Wolverine and the X-Men then left Spider-Man and returned to the mansion.
Omega Red hijacking a nuclear submarine
Return to Weapon X
Return to Japan
Days of Future Past
Because of Senator Robert Kelly's strong anti-mutant stance he was targeted for assassination by Mystique and the Brotherhood of Mutants. Mystique shapeshifted into Gambit and assassinated him in that form. Even though Senator Kelly's death was the result of one mutant all mutants were blamed. After Senator Kelly's death a mutant control law was passed and the U.S. government built an army of Sentinels. The Sentinels then began to hunt down mutants all over the country. Some mutants attempted to fight back. However, the survivors were placed in detention camps where the mutants were killed. However, the Sentinels went out of control and began to target normal humans as well.
Sentinels ruled the future where they would either kill mutants on the spot or capture them and take them to detention camps to be killed.
Wolverine was the last surviving member of the X-Men in this timeline, possibly due to his healing factor.
Wolverine helped fight against the Sentinels in this timeline.
However, Wolverine ended up getting captured by a mutant hunter working for the Sentinels called Bishop. Bishop took Wolverine to a detention camp so he could be executed. As Wolverine was lead through the detention camp he saw tombstones for his fallen allies in the X-Men who had all been killed by the Sentinels. As Wolverine and Bishop were lead through the detention camp Wolverine attacked the Sentinels. They were then attacked by a highly advanced future Sentinel called Nimrod. However, Wolverine and Bishop were able to get to safety.
Wolverine took Bishop to a safe house where he introduced him to a mutant named Forge. Bishop saw that Wolverine and Forge had a working time machine. Forge then explained that he believed that if Senator Kelly's assassination were to be stopped it could change the future for the better.
As Wolverine was about to go through the time machine he was stopped by Bishop. Bishop told Wolverine that he was too old and slow and that if he couldn’t last in a fight against him that was no way he could kill a member of the X-Men that was in their prime.
Wolverine was later attacked by a Sentinel. The Sentinel shot Wolverine with a laser. The heat from the laser was so powerful that only Wolverine's adamantium skeleton was left.
This timeline was erased when Bishop went back in time and worked with the X-Men to save Senator Kelly's life from Mystique.
Age of Apocalypse
Wolverine's skeleton includes six retractable one-foot-long claws, three in each arm, that are housed beneath the skin and muscle of his forearms. Wolverine can, at will, release these slightly curved claws through his skin beneath the knuckles on each hand. Wolverine's claws are made out of adamantium which can slice through everything and is totally indestructible. According to Wolverine his adamantium claws come from going through the Weapon X process and are not mutant powers.
Wolverine's primary mutant power is an accelerated healing process that enables him to regenerate damaged or destroyed tissue with far greater efficiency than an ordinary human. The full extent and speed of Wolverine's healing factor isn't known. Wolverine’s healing factor also keeps him from aging. Wolverine did not physically age in the decades after World War II.
Wolverine’s other mutant power is that he possesses superhumanly acute senses that are comparable to those of certain animals. He is able to recognize people and objects by scent, even if they are well hidden. He can track a target by scent, even if the scent has been greatly eroded by time and weather factors, with an extraordinary degree of success.
Wolverine's hearing is also greatly enhanced.
In the comics
Around the end of the 19th century in Alberta, Canada, lived a boy named James Howlett. As a boy, James was frail and sickly, frightened by the horrific events that befell him. The wealthy Howletts took in a red-haired orphan, Rose, to be his campanion. James father John subsequently fired the groundskeeper, Thomas Logan, who bore a suspicious resemblance to the adult Wolverine. When James witnessed Logan and his son Dog murder John, Jame's bone claws emerged for the first time, and he killed Thomas Logan.
Rejected by his family as a freak, James fled with Rose to Canada's northern frontier, where they worked at a quarry. Needing an alias for James, Rose dubbed him Logan. At the quarry Logan grew strong and self-reliant. Dog tracked down Logan and they fought, but when Rose tried to stop Logan from killing Dog, she fell onto his claws and died. Having lost the woman he loved, Logan turned his back on civilization to roam the wilderness.
In northern Canada the other, wilder side of Jame's personality grew stronger. He spent days running and hunting with wolves. After Rose's death, James - now Logan - went off with and lived with a wolf pack.
Eventually, the traumatic events James went through combined with his healing factor caused James Howlett to develop amnesia and forget his past including his name. The only thing James could remember was the name Rose dubbed him, Logan, and began to go by that name.
Logan survived into the present day and in the 1960's became an agent for the C.I.A. as part of a strike force called Team X. The other members of Team X included Sabretooth, David North, John Wraith, and Silver Fox. On one of Wolverine's final missions with Team-X he and the others were sent to defeat a Russian super soldier named Omega Red.
Sometime later the C.I.A. and the Canadian government set up a program to create super soldiers called Weapon X and Logan was chosen to be a test subject for Weapon X.
Experiment X was overseen by a ruthless scientist named Professor Thorton. Little is known about Thorton, except that he was working for some higher power and used dubious means to acquire his staff. One of these was Dr. Abraham Cornelius, who was wanted by the F.B.I. for questioning regarding so-called "mercy killings." The Professor blackmailed Cornelius into joining the Experiment X staff and overseeing the adamantium bonding process. Their meek assistant, Carol Hines, came from NASA. She proved to have a conscience and was appalled by what her superiors did to Logan.
Logan was captured by three agents, who needed stun guns to subdue him. Unconscious and his body shaved of hair (which, thanks to his mutant powers, began to grow back rapidly), Logan was immersed in a tank of unknown fluids. There the project scientists infused adamantium molecules into his body, binding them to the organic molecules which made up his bones. It was during this process that Professor Thorton and the other scientists discovered that Logan was, in fact, a mutant.
The bonding process proved a success, and Logan's skeleton was infused with molecules of adamantium. However, the process affected Logan's psyche, unleashing the bestial side of his character and turning him into a feral, ferocious killer.
Removed from the tank once the bonding process was complete, the deeply sedated Logan was hooked up to machines that controlled his every movement.
The Professor and Dr. Cornelius subjected their new "Weapon X" to a series of trials by combat, pitting him against wolves, a bear, and even a tiger. Each time, naked and unarmed save for his claws and his sheer ferocity, Logan triumphed. As a way to control Wolverine, Professor Thorton whiped out his memory. However, Logan was able to escape the Weapon X compound and began to roam the wilderness.
A short while later Logan was found by James and Heather Hudson (also known as the heroes Guardian and Vindicator) and he attacked them. James then shot Logan and wounded him but survived due to his healing factor. James and Heather then nursed Logan's wounds and helped him regain his sanity. James and Heather then invited Logan to join a Canadian superhero team named Alpha Flight which was part of the Canadian governments Department H agency. Logan was then given the code name Wolverine. After several successful missions with Alpha Flight, Wolverine was approached by Professor X who told him that he was looking for mutants to rescue the X-Men from Krakoa. Wolverine accepted Xavier's offer and resigned from Alpha Flight and helped rescue the X-Men. After this Wolverine became a full time member of the X-Men.
- Night of the Sentinels, Part I
- Night of the Sentinels, Part II
- Enter Magneto
- Deadly Reunions
- Captive Hearts
- Cold Vengeance
- Slave Island
- The Unstoppable Juggernaut
- The Cure
- Come the Apocalypse
- Days of Future Past, Part I
- Days of Future Past, Part II
- The Final Decision
- Til Death Do Us Part, Part I
- Til Death Do Us Part, Part II
- Whatever It Takes
- Red Dawn
- Repo Man
- X-Ternally Yours
- Time Fugitives, Part I
- Time Fugitives, Part II
- A Rogue's Tale
- Beauty & The Beast
- Reunion, Part I
- Reunion, Part II
- Out of the Past, Part I
- Out of the Past, Part II
- The Phoenix Saga, Part I: Sacrifice
- The Phoenix Saga, Part II: The Dark Shroud
- The Phoenix Saga, Part III: Cry of the Banshee
- While casting Wolverine in X-Men: The Animated Series the creators of the series had in mind a voice that sounded like Clint Eastwood (but deeper, lower register) and Robert Mitchum.
- According to Wolverine in X-Men: The Animated Series, Morph was the only one that could make him laugh.
- Wolverine's nickname for everyone is Bub.
- The part of Wolverine's backstory where he was born in the 19th century and had bone claws was not revealed until 2001 (four years after X-Men: The Animated Series ended). Up until this point it was believed that Wolverine gained his claws because of the Weapon X process.