10 Facts You Need to Know About Wolverine
9. HE’S THE WORLD’S FIRST AND GREATEST CANADIAN SUPERHERO
At the time of Wolverine’s creation, comic books were just starting to take off in Canada. Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief at the time, Roy Thomas, wanted to capitalize on the market with the creation of a Canadian superhero, and he approached Len Wein about including a Canadian hero in an issue of The Incredible Hulk with two possible name ideas: The Badger and The Wolverine.
Thankfully, they went with Wolverine. On his first full appearance, the comic book cover proclaimed, “He’s here! The world’s first and greatest Canadian superhero!”
The original Wolverine was drawn for publication by Herb Trimpe, and he was depicted with a much smaller mask. The larger mask can be credited to Gil Kane, who drew it incorrectly for the cover of Giant-Size X-Men #1, Marvel’s revamped X-Men series, in which Wolverine is recruited to the team. Dave Cockrum, who penciled the comic, decided to incorporate the mistake into the actual story, and the rest is history.