Wolverine #1, 1982, Marvel Comics, Cover by Frank Miller & Joe Rubenstein.
The POP Retro Cover Of The Week continues its celebration and examination of iconic comic covers from the 1970s through the 2000s, this week returning to the Eighties, the Bronze Age of Comics, and young new artists like Frank Miller were making waves with their dramatic storytelling.
Before Wolverine got his own series, Marvel released a 4-issue miniseries written by Chris Claremont, who had refined the character so popularly in the pages of Uncanny X-Men. The cover design for issue #1 was instantly iconic: Wolverine has pulled back his mask so the viewer can see the large close-up of his face, his funky hairstyle, and bristly sideburns…the fast-healing Canadian mutant wags his finger as an invitation to the viewer to “Come get some.” The look on his face and his bared fangs make it very clear that he hopes you accept his invite.
In a nifty printing trick, his famous dagger-like claws throw off massive, bright white starlight reflections, “knocking out” all color behind them, with no black holding lines.
Marvel's trade dress (cover logo, publisher’s logo, pricing, issue number, headlines) during this era was blessedly and unusually low key…and on this cover, there were no headlines or word balloons or exclamatory banners intruding on this simple and powerful cover design.
Frank Miller and Joe Rubenstein were a great art combination on the interiors of this series, and the covers were all worthy of POP Retro Cover Of The Week.
Next week: A cover from the flashy, cross-hatchy Nineties!