TODAY IN COMIC BOOK HISTORY: NOV. 30, 1974
Technically he debuted in Hulk #180 in a single panel cameo, but Wolverine had his first major appearance in the following issue. Wanting to capitalize on their ever expanding global market, Marvel’s editor asked writer Len Wein and John Romita Sr. to come up with a Canadian super hero and the rest, you could say, is history.
Wolverine aka Logan aka James Howlett would go on to be a breakout star in the revamped X-Men series, as well as having many solo books which would expand on his origin and character.
Wolverine has a number of both natural and artificial improvements to his physiology. He has a mutant healing factor, that regenerates damaged or destroyed tissues of his body far beyond the capabilities of an ordinary human. He also has various animal instincts and senses. Because of his healing factor, he was able to undergo the Weapon X program, which reinforced his skeleton with the virtually indestructible metal adamantium.