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The beginning of the end of Marvel’s Wolverine starts now

Marvel Comics releases Issue 1 'The Death of Wolverine' on Sept. 9, 2014.
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The end is not only near, it’s here for Marvel comics' character Wolverine. On Sept. 3, 2014, Comicbookland reported that “the publisher released ‘The Death of Wolverine,’ which will take place over four installments this month.

Writer Charles Soule and artist Steve McNiven are credited with what collector’s call the “single most important X-Men event of the decade.” Wolverine has finally lost his healing factor and he has three months to die. Jay Leisten and Justin Ponsor are also credited on the cover of this issue.

As the cover art shows, this historic series is on sale for $4.99 per copy. And to think that in the 1960s, you could get priceless works like these for exactly $.10 for some titles and $.25 for the larger extended issues or most popular publisher titles.

It’s a good idea to get your collector’s item early before you begin hearing that Issue 1 is out of print. Keep in mind that two weeks ago, the rare Superman comic book pulled a $3,200,000 price tag for “Action Comics 1,” which introduced the world to the young man from planet Krypton. That particular comic was said to be one of only approximately 24 copies still around.

Some of the most brilliant and prolific writers created fictional characters whose lives and paths are now revered in print issues just like this one. Yet, fifty years ago, doubtless very few people ever imagined the possibilities of franchising of comics into print books, television shows, action figures and cinema stars with legendary actors gathering to portray the characters.

The work of these specialized creative writers has inspired now two generations legions of followers everywhere. In 1970, Comic-Con International started out in San Diego, California, “a group of coics, movie and science fiction fans —including the late Shel Dorf, Ken Krueger and Richards Alf—banded together to put on the first comic book convention in SoCal. The special guests included Mike Royer and Forrest Ackerman.

Close to 100 people gathered and the point was to start a true convention. Months later, in August, 1970, the legendary Ray Bradbury Jack Kirby and A. E. van Vogt drew 300 fans to the U.S. Grant Hotel, according to the Comic-Con history site. In 2013 it was estimated that over 130,000 people attended the three-day event in San Diego.

So vital and substantive in its direct contact with tremendous fans, the cast and producers of CBS’s brilliant (but cancelled) television program, “Intelligence” attended the convention. Dreamers are everywhere, and so are the geniuses whose dreams become reality, if you stop long enough to look around.

A link to locate the first installment of “Death of Wolverine (2014) #1” in stores is here. As Marvel says, “the beginning of the end is now here: The Death of Wolverine” starts now.

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