Since I’m oddly fascinated by these things, I found myself wondering how Marvel got to 300 issues of Wolverine, which they’re commemorating in January with an issue by the Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine creative team of writer Jason Aaron and artist Adam Kubert. Wolverine has starred in a lot of different solo series over the year, sometimes (like right now) multiple books at once., so there are many different methodologies that could be at work here. But here’s my best guess:
- 189 issues of the original series. (And Larry Hama wrote the majority of them.)
- 74 issues of the second series that started in 2003. It actually lasted to issue #90, but starred Daken as of #75 and was rechristened “Dark Wolverine,” so that’s probably out of play.
- 16 issues of Wolverine: Weapon X. Some might think to exclude this since it was technically an ancillary title at the time, but it was written by Aaron and during the period that the main book starred Daken, so let’s count it.
- 20 issues of the current volume of Wolverine, which hits #20 in December.
That all adds up to — 299, making January’s issue #300. Now, that discounts things like 1997′s Minus One issue and last year’s Wolverine #900 (fair enough), satellite books like Wolverine: Origins and Wolverine: The Best There Is (makes sense) and the original Chris Claremont/Frank Miller four-issue miniseries (mildly surprising, though consistent with usual renumbering logic), but it does effectively represent the collective total of the main, ongoing solo book starring Wolverine for the past couple of decades. Congrats Wolvie, the math works!