How Logan lost one of his claws in Marvel’s cosmic future
In an article on long-term comedic plots, find out how Wolverine’s claw was ripped from his body in the Guardians of the Galaxy future.
Today we take a look at how Wolverine lost one of his seemingly unbreakable adamantium claws in the alternate future timeline that belongs to Marvel’s original Guardians of the Galaxy!
This is “Provide Answers”, which is a feature where unresolved long plot points are ultimately resolved.
BLOCKED IN THE FUTURE
In the past, a common way of writing comics, especially at DC under the direction of editors Julius Schwartz and Mort Weisinger, was to first create a cover and then write a story based on the cover. Mort Weisinger would ask the kids to suggest stories they would like to see and he would also accept the cover concepts (the first mission Cary Bates ever had in DC was when he came up with a cover concept that became the cover of Superman # 167. He would then ask his writers to come up with a story based on said cover concept. Schwartz would do the same, although he usually comes up with the cover ideas himself. Back then, comics were mostly purchased on the basis of the cover, so it made sense to find a weird cover first and then find a story to explain the cover (as the cover could have a superhero turning into a bug and the writer has to find how to get the insect superhero in the story … and how to bring them back to normal).
I talk about this because it talks about the challenges of a writer having to deal with someone else establishing a significant part of their story and having to adapt accordingly. Another example similar to the blanket issue was Adventure comics # 354 (by Jim Shooter, Curt Swan and George Klein), when we got a glimpse into the future of the Legion. This was the longest “Adult Legion” story we’ve seen at this point, with Superman traveling into the future to meet the adult versions of the Legion of Superheroes. Over the course of this story, Shooter introduced a number of twists and turns (like which Legionnaires would eventually get married and the names of dead Legionnaires who hadn’t yet joined the team). For YEARS, Legion writers treated what Shooter wrote in this story as sacrosanct, which is hilarious because Shooter was just a teenager when he came up with these future twists, but they did. were treated as if they were of the gospel until Paul Levitz eventually established himself during his famous run on the Legion that the future was no longer set in stone.
To make a longer story a bit shorter, this is what writer Michael Gallagher was dealing with during his run on Guardians of the Galaxy, when he tried to fill in the past with the future based on clues that writer Jim Valentino had left in the book.
THE BEGINNING OF WOLVERINE’S BIG-BIG-BIG-BIG GRAND-GIRL
In guardians of the galaxy # 8 (by Jim Valentino and Steve Montano), Marvel’s original Guardians of the Galaxy (who were heroes in the future, with the initial team consisting of a different hero from a Milky Way colony, with colonists on each planet developing abilities based on their home planet, alongside a modern day astronaut who was trapped in cryogenesis for 1,000 years and an alien he befriended when he arrived in the future to learn that the galaxy had been mainly conquered by the alien Badoon (alien invaders) stumbled upon a planet named Haven, which was full of mutants and was ruled by the rear-rear-rear- Wolverine’s great-great-granddaughter, the evil Rancor!
Rancor has become a recurring villain in the series, and in guardians of the galaxy # 23 (by Valentino and guest artist Mark Texeira), she fights against one of the Guardians’ new recruits named Talon. She then reveals that she has a blade made up of one of Wolverine’s famous adamantium claws (in a recent story, CBR wrote about how Doctor Doom turned the rest of Wolverine’s skeleton into armor) who, according to her, was kidnapped by Gladiator, the most powerful member of the Shi’ar Imperial Guard …
It’s a throwaway line, but one that the writer who followed Valentino on the show, Michael Gallagher, wanted to follow when he detailed the past of Marvel’s future.
LEARN MARVEL’S PAST OF THE FUTURE WITH THE GALACTIC GUARDIANS
During his two-year run on the guardians of the galaxy, Jim Valentino introduced a number of fascinating new heroes, including a futuristic version of Wonder Man known as Hollywood (the ionic form of Wonder Man could survive forever). Eventually, there were so many excess superheroes that Valentino asked one of the original Guardians, Martinex, to form a second superhero team known as the Galactic Guardians, featuring these others. hero.
In 1994, Michael Gallagher wrote a miniseries starring the Galactic Guardians (with regular era art guardians of the galaxy artistic team of Kevin West and Steve Montano). The first issue continued a series of backups by Gallagher that began that month guardians of the galaxy # 50. With art by Yancey Labat and Scott Koblish, Gallagher explained how the mutants who flew into space in search of a new planet arrived in space Shi’ar and Gladiator attacked them and into combat which followed, tore off one of Wolverine’s claws before allowing the mutants to continue to their new home planet …
This is how it happened. This story also sets up the idea that Gladiator IS strong enough to do this to Wolverine, which is interesting in itself.
If anyone else has a suggestion for a comic book plot that was resolved after a few years (I tend to use two years as a minimum, otherwise you’re probably right in the middle of the initial storyline reveal, yeah But I allow exceptions where a new writer takes over a script and has to solve the unsolved plots of the previous writer), message me at [email protected]!
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