By nszerdy 9 Comments
Here's an interesting discussion for everyone who loves Wolverine or is just interested in character creation/controversies...(Look up who created Batman or the Joker if you haven't!)
Within the last year I attended MegaCon in Orlando, FL. One of the guests featured this year was none other than the 2nd Editor to Marvel Comics (the first of course being Stan Lee): Roy Thomas! He was editor at Marvel during the time that Wolverine was created. I did not ask him to talk about the adamantium clawed hero nor was I expecting him to. I was presenting Roy with Ghost Rider covers, X-men issues featuring Sauron, Conan etc etc (characters I knew he had a hand in and either created or co/created). I was just trying to be nice, greet him and thank him for his time when he openly engaged me in a conversation about one of the covers (which featured the X-men) Anyways he began talking about "when we came up with Wolverine."
Someone else in line was like "wait..What!?" "You helped create Wolverine?" Roy looked shocked that the man didn't know that "I mean, I was the Editor at Marvel at the time!" he told him and went on to explain that he took Romita and Wein out to lunch together to discuss the character. And it was Romita, who, during the later part of the discussion began sketching out the idea/s for the look on a napkin. The names came down to The Badger or Wolverine. Roy took credit for the name and the idea of Wolverine being short and tempered like a...Wolverine!
This is the best story I have walked away from MegaCon with and I hope someone get's to interview him and put his words in print---he was shocked when I told him he wasn't getting character credit on Marvel Wikia or Wikipedia. He seemed a little upset! He was however the nicest guy, very friendly and sociable.
Currently the credit is shared as follows: John Romita (Art Director at the time) came up with the look, Len Wein wrote the script and Herb Trimpe brought him to life illustrationg the incredible hulk #180, 181, and 182! (Some of the original artwork went up in flames when Len Wein's home burned down in California)!
So does he deserve credit--? Is it a lost cause? Will he get credit?