Wolverine Costume Upgrades and Evolution from 1974 to 2013

He’s been called Weapon X, Weapon Omega, patch, james Howlett, Old Man Logan, and Death. But we know him best as WOLVERINE.

In his nearly 40 years of Existence, He’s also worn many costumes. Below is a progression of every costume he’s ever worn while going by the name “WOLVERINE”.

The Evolution of Wolverine

1974 – Original Yellow

Wolverine CostumeWolverine first appeared in The Incredible Hulk wearing a costume designed by John Romita, Sr. His original mask featured a black nose and whiskers. Co-creator Len Wein originally intended his claws to be attached to his gloves.

1975 – Classic Yellow

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Wolverine joined the X-Men in Giant-Size X-Men #1. The legend goes that Gil Kame drew his mask wrong on the cover, giving him taller batman like ears and blank eyes, and series artist Dave Cockrum liked it so much that he redrew his page to match.

1977 – Fang

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Cockrum’s final issue was Uncanny X-Men #107, and he thought it would be amusing to leave the next artist a new Wolverine costume that would be “a bitch to draw.” New series artist John Byrne wasted no time convincing his editor that they should revert it back to the Classic Yellow.

1980 – Brown

Wolverine Costume Upgrades and Evolution

However, Byrne wasn’t a big fan of the bright yellow costume either, and was eventually allowed to introduce his own redesign in Uncanny X-Men #139. A year earlier he’d removed the flesh-tone sleeves from Wolverine’s arms, making his arm hair visible even in costume.

1988 – Black

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For the first year of his new self-titled ongoing series drawn by John Buscema, Wolverine wore a stealthy black costume and face paint. Over in Uncanny X-Men he continued to wear the Brown costume.

1991 – Blue and Gold

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During a story are drawn by star artist Jim Lee, the X-Men donned identical blue and gold outfits inspired by the original 1960’s black and gold uniforms. Wolverine reverted back to his Brown costume just in time for the launch of X-Men #1.

1992 – Classic Yellow 2

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After series writer Chris Claremont left, John Byrne briefly returned to co—write with artist Jim Lee. One day Lee proudly mentioned that he’d just given Wolverine his “real” costume back. There was an awkward pause when Byrne informed him that the Brown costume had been his idea.

1994 – Bone Claws

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In X-Men #25, Magneto ripped the adamantium out of Wolverine’s body. Thankfully, his bones had only been laced with the metal rather than replaced entirely. It was soon revealed that he’d been born with bone claws, though without the metal they were no longer unbreakable.

1996 – Noseless

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After a year and a half of bone claws, fans were starting to get anxious. Finally, events were set in motion for his adamantium to be replaced in Wolverine #100. In a cruel twist, his body rejected the bonding process, and he was transformed into a noseless beast instead.

1996 – Noseless 2

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Noseless Wolverine soon began wearing a bandana over his face, as if that looked any less ridiculous. Fan reaction was so negative to the storyline that his transformation was quietly swept under the rug after less than a year, and never mentioned again.

2000 – Movie (Civilian)

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While remaining true to the spirit of the character, the movie version of Wolverine in Bryan Singer’s X-Men differed slightly from the comics. Most noticeably, his claws were moved so that the exited from between his knuckles rather than from the back of his hand.

2000 – Movie

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Also, while Wolverine was traditionally portrayed as being 5’3” in the comics, Hugh Jackman stood nearly at foot taller at 6’2”. The color scheme of his battle uniform was reversed from the comics to black with yellow highlights, and did away with the mask.

2000 – Evolution

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An animated series titled X-Men Evolution followed the movie later that year. Wolverine’s Evolution outfit took inspiration from the Brown costume, but with a more angular design, strappy boots, and an orange and black color scheme.

2001 – Ultimate

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As if three different Wolverines weren’t confusing enough (comic. movie, and Evolution), Marvel created a fourth. Ultimate X-Men was part of a rebooted line intended for new readers. His design was another variation on the Brown costume, but with a color scheme based on Fang.

2001 – New (Black Leather)

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Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s New X-Men brought the team more in line with the movie by giving them new black leather outfits. Wolverine’s uniform was a combination of the movie’s costumed and civilian looks, with an unzipped jacket.

2002 – Evolution 2

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Season three of X-Men Evolution introduced a new, darker costume. Like in the movie, the animators settled on black with yellow highlights and got rid of the mask.

2003 – Ultimate 2

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Within a year, Ultimate Wolverine adopted a variation of the Evolution costume. The main difference was a set of inverted stripes on his shoulders, and a belt that changed depending on the artist who drew it.

2004 – Astonishing

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Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men ditched the black leather from New X-Men for a more traditional look. Cassaday took inspiration from Wolverine’s first costume, giving his mask smaller ears (minus the whiskers).

2008 – X-force

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Although he continued to wear the Astonishing outfit elsewhere, Wolverine donned a black stealth costume on covert missions in X-Force. The costume was based in part on both the old Brown and Black costumes.

2009 – X-Men Origins

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Wolverine’s first solo movie did away with costumes entirely. While he still sometimes wore the leather jacket in the film, promotional material for X-Men Origins: Wolverine mainly depicted him in just a sleeveless shirt.

2013 – The Wolverine

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In the same way that the first movie ditched the jacket, the posters for The Wolverine show him completely shirtless.

Owned, written and Designed by – Kate Willaert