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“In those days, heroism meant holding onto one’s humanity, while the Nazis tried their best to turn us into animals. The way to defy them - to defeat them - was to live, to hold onto hope, no matter what. Believe me, Kitty, I was no one special. If I am a hero, then so is every other man and woman who survived.”

Uncanny X-Men #199 (1985) | w: Chris Claremont, a: John Romita Jr.

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Since Logan came out recently, I felt the need to continue chronicling the wardrobe of our hirsute Marvel brawler. In the 80s X-Men penciler, John Byrne, decided Wolverine needed to stop prancing around in yellow and blue and required something more earthy and less flashy. The previous artist had proposed the same idea and designed an outfit that Wolverine wore briefly. While in space visiting the Shi'ar (comics…), Logan beat up a guard named “Fang” and took his threads (which is a dick move). The outfit was brown and tan, had no mask, and featured odd bone trim. Byrne didn’t like the outfit and when he took over as artist, which occurred when the X-Men arrived home, Wolverine literally tore the costume off and threw it out. Because he’s the kinda guy who beats you up, takes your clothes, and then talks shit on your clothes.

The second picture is Byrne’s proposed revision of Wolverine’s outfit. Perhaps he wouldn’t admit this, but he essentially combined the pattern and color scheme of the Fang costume with the key elements of Wolvie’s original outfit. The costume proposal was accepted and became Wolvie’s costume for the rest of the 80s and into a little bit of the 90s. An entire generation of readers probably associate that costume with Wolverine more than any other, including myself. Part of that is due to the fact that Logan’s character grew the most during the time he wore that outfit as the 80s are truly the peak of X-Men quality. Besides the classic stories of that era, it’s easy to agree that, Michigan aside, a man called Wolverine shouldn’t be in yellow and blue.