From Marvel Comics Presents (Vol. 1) #79 (1991)

In the pages of Marvel Comics Presents, spread out over thirteen issues, Barry Windsor-Smith told the tale of how the man named Logan went from being a normal mutant to having an adamantium skeleton and claws. Called “Weapon X,” this story showed in painful detail how Logan was reduced to his most basic animal urges in order to survive the process.

Barry Windsor-Smith acted as the writer, penciler, inker, and colorist for these stories. The only job he had help with was the lettering. This gave Windsor-Smith total control over the page, as he has in this example. Here, scientists are discussing the latest experiment to which they’re subjecting Logan. But it is Logan’s look here that is the most memorable.

Here, it is the dichotomy of an experiment that provided electronic equipment for data recording but no protection from the elements that unnerves the reader. The VR helmet and battery packs are no help against the snowy environment Logan finds himself in and it provides a stark example of the disregard that some people have for others. This is what helped mold Logan into being the Wolverine.


  1. That narration is awesome. I remember that action figure when I was a kid, too.

  2. Barry Windsor-Smith is amazing. Does anyone remember his issue of Iron man that was an epilogue to Armor Wars? i had a t-shirt of that cover when i was a kid, Tony Stark strung up by the wires of his iron man suit. So great!

  3. Is this out in trade? I’d love to read it! 🙂

    • Yup. It’s been though several editions. Here’s the current one.

    • Thanks a lot! 🙂 I’ll check it out at my LCS next time I go!

    • It’s also in the Wolverine Omnibus (the older, Miller/Claremont based one, not the newer Jason Aaron one), along with a ton of other good older Wolverine stuff – the miniseries by Frank Miller, the Kitty Pryde and Wolverine mini, his first appearances in Hulk, the first ten or so issues of the first Wolverine ongoing, and some other stuff that escapes me right now. I don’t know if it’s still in print, but if you’re really jonesing for some old school Wolverine, that’s some great bang for your buck.

  4. a classic.

  5. Man, that helmet/headgear and all those wires and boxes look ridiculously clunky… But this still looks awesome. I don’t think this look works for any other character in any other story – but it sure looks badass here.