I’d Buy That For A Dollar: WOLVERINE #5 (Marvel Comics 1989)

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Welcome to ‘I’d Buy That For A Dollar’ a column where I will be exploring the weird and wonderful world of dollar bin diving. The only rule is each and every comic is purchased for one dollar (or less!).

This week’s book is Wolverine #5 from the first on-going series!

Wolverine is one of Marvel’s most represented characters, often starring in multiple series at a time. But back in the late ’80s, the character was just getting more popular and got his first on-going series. That series was fantastic and laid the groundwork for much of the Wolverine lore today.

So let’s take a look at Wolverine #5, where Logan finds himself in his ‘Patch’ persona on a shady mission in Mardipoor! It’s got grit, action, intrigue and some truly beautiful art. The issue was written by Chris Claremont, with art by John Buscema, Al Williamson, Janice Chiang and Glynis Oliver. That’s one hell of a creative team!

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Classic and cinematic opening page. I miss these! And that hard-boiled narration!

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This sequence with Wolverine taking down a propeller plane is so good. Total ’80s action vibe!

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Another great action scene!

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Let’s get a close up of that slice to the neck! Brutal! Great use of composition!

Now let’s look at some fantastic coloring up close.

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This panel is gorgeous. Look at those colors. And the small detail of the falling plane. Fantastic!

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Here is my favorite page of the issue. It’s just badass! Wolverine coming out of the muck is frame-worthy!

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This series had pin-ups on the back cover of a lot of the issues. Here’s issue 5’s from the great John Bolton! Wolverine


You can find great dollar bins at almost every local comic shop. So find a shop, ask a comic clerk what they can do for you during this time and get some dollar comics! Pick them up curbside and have them delivered if you must!

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Manuel Gomez
Assistant Comic Book Editor. Manny has been obsessed with comics since childhood. He reads some kind of comic every single day. 'Nuff said!