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July 10, 2012

A Little Wolverine Talk

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Chris Claremont prefers his Wolverine little. He revealed tonight at MoCCA's discussion on Wolverine: Inside the World of the Living Weapon that he prefers to think of Logan the way he was envisioned way back in the mid-'70s: as about a 5'3" guy with serious animalistic issues. But other than that, Claremont noted, the 6'4" Hugh Jackman does an excellent job bringing Wolverine to life on the movie screen. (He mentioned how Wolverine ended up stealing the spotlight in the X-Men comics, much the same way Jackman did in the movies, a testament to the actor's skill in making him true to form onscreen.)

Claremont and writer Matthew K. Manning were at MoCCA to discuss all things Wolverine. Manning has just written the DK guide to Wolverine, and Claremont, the seminal X-Men writer, is responsible for turning Logan enter the classic and timeless character we know him as today. Although Claremont didn't create him, he did mold him, introducing those essential elements like his berserker rage and his fascination with Japanese culture and his complex, multilayered moral code. When an audience member (it was Papercutz editor-in-chief Jim Salicrup, who, not so coincidentally used to edit Claremont on Uncanny X-Men) asked Claremont about what he thought was Wolverine's real origin, Claremont remarked that he didn't much care about the past and preferred the mystery, the filling in of the blanks that Wolverine's formerly vague beginnings allowed. But he also urged everyone to see the new Wolverine movie and gave it his stamp of approval.

Other highlights of the night included Claremont's denial of the rampant rumor that Wolverine was ever intended to be an actual (evolved) wolverine. Not true, he said. Claremont is now working on a new X-Men Forever series, which will be distinct from the "official" Marvel universe version and from the Ultimates version. Look for it to debut about five weeks from now. And then look for Sabretooth to come back to test and torment Wolverine in the second issue.

This is the kind of delightful, interesting, and intriguing programs that MoCCA regularly puts on. Check out their website to stay up-to-date on what they're doing next (and consider joining if you live in or near New York City; the museum is a great space worth visiting regularly).