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Underrated: Wolverine: Save The tiger

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet-pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  Wolverine: Save The Tiger.


Originally printed in the first ten issues of Marvel Comics Presents from late September ’88 to early January ’99 (MCP started out as a bi-weekly anthology series), Save The Tiger tells the story of Tyger Tiger’s origin in Madripoor.

The story was written by Chris Claremont with art by John Buscema (though the image featured today is of a comic collecting just the ten parts of Save The Tiger with Sam Keith’s artwork on the cover), and leads into Wolverine’s first ongoing solo series (also by Claremont and Buscema initially). Depending on how you read it, whether it’s in the comic pictured to the right or Wolverine Epic Collection: Madripoor Nights or through Marvel Unlimited, you’re going to find a story that still holds up more than thirty years later.

Save The Tiger introduces a lot of what we now associate as standard parts of Wolverine’s life; the Princess Bar, Madripoor, and the characters who make the island a living breathing place. It’s set during the time that the X-Men are thought dead, and so you don’t see Wolverine popping his claws as often as you’d expect when engaging in brawls. It’s an added layer to the story where Claremont is writing the X-Man as avoiding using his claws in order to maintain his cover of being dead. That makes this one of the few stories I’ve read recently where events in another book actually play a larger role behind the scenes than they would otherwise. Given that this is a 30 year old story written by the same person who was also writing the main X-book at the time, it’s not surprising to me that the two books influence each other.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll happily say it again, but I’ve noticed that the older the comic the more story you get in it. That Save The Tiger is told over the course of about 80 pages (the asterisk here is that’s what the floppy book clocks in at, and I’m not sure if there’s ads in there because I read it via the Epic Collection method), but it feels so much longer than that (in a good way) because of the amount of story that Claremont packs into each issue.

Because Claremont also wrote the main X-book for a long time, you’ll find some consequences to the X-Men’s actions here that still isn’t that common today – that it’s tied to Uncanny X-Men wasn’t an issue for me, because even though I’ve long forgotten those events, Claremont still adds enough context within the comic for the reader to understand the poignancy of the moment.

I’m always a sucker for older comics from the 80’s and 90’s, so obviously I’ll be a little more biased toward this one, but Save The Tiger surprised me in how much I actually enjoyed it. It’s not a defining Wolverine story, and consequently won’t be high on the Must Read Wolverine list, but it’s one that’s well worth checking out.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Preview: Wolverine #14

Wolverine #14

(W) Ben Percy (A/CA) Adam Kubert
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Jul 28, 2021
SRP: $3.99

THE UNUSUAL SUSPECTS!
Stolen goods. A torched ship. A missing sword. Wolverine’s on the case, but what mind games is Solem playing?
The new X-villain comes into his own in this arc!

Wolverine #14

Head to the Future with the Marvel Old Man Logan Sale

The original Old Man Logan storyline is considered to be a modern classic and the beloved storyline has spawned numerous series and miniseries after. You can explore it yourself with the Marvel Old Man Logan Sale.

You can choose from 17 collections and save up to 67%!

Hurry, you have until Sunday, July 25 to save.


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Head to the Future with the Marvel Old Man Logan Sale

The original Old Man Logan storyline is considered to be a modern classic and the beloved storyline has spawned numerous series and miniseries after. You can explore it yourself with the Marvel Old Man Logan Sale.

You can choose from 17 collections and save up to 67%!

Hurry, you have until Sunday, July 25 to save.


This site contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from these sites. Making purchases through these links helps support the site.

Head to the Future with the Marvel Old Man Logan Sale

The original Old Man Logan storyline is considered to be a modern classic and the beloved storyline has spawned numerous series and miniseries after. You can explore it yourself with the Marvel Old Man Logan Sale.

You can choose from 17 collections and save up to 67%!

Hurry, you have until Sunday, July 25 to save.


This site contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from these sites. Making purchases through these links helps support the site.

Mondo Announces an X-Men: The Animated Series 1/6 scale Wolverine figure for Comic-Con@Home

In their first-ever 1/6 figure from X-Men: The Animated Series, Mondo has unveiled their recreation of the now-iconic meme of Wolverine in a limited edition collectible form. The team took great pains to capture Wolverine in this rare moment of repose, pining after his crush Jean Grey in a photograph. An item perfect to couch on a shelf alongside other Mondo Marvel merchandise and memorabilia, Mondo’s San Diego Comic Con exclusive Limited Edition will be available to pre-order on MondoShop.com on Friday, July 23 at 12pm CT.

Wolverine 1/6 Figure – Limited Edition SDCC Variant

Even self-healing, raging heroes need a moment to themselves. See Wolverine in a rare moment of introspection in this 1/6 scale recreation of the iconic moment from X-Men: The Animated Series. Nestled up in his bed, see Wolverine with four swappable expressions, retracted and extended claws, lightning claw energy effect, a glossy photo of Cyclops and Jean Grey, which can be swapped out with a photo of your choosing as well, and, of course, a turkey leg. Put Wolverine in bed on the shelf next to your bed today!

Price: $200

Joe Jusko’s Marvel Masterpieces Grace New Marvel Covers

Acclaimed artist Joe Jusko’s iconic Marvel Masterpieces trading card illustrations are cemented into the hearts of every Marvel fan who grew up in the 90s, and now readers can treasure them all over again in a brand-new collection of variant covers!

Jusko’s beautiful depictions of your favorite Marvel characters will grace the covers of your favorite titles throughout the month of October. Masterfully capturing the power of the Avengers, the horror of Spider-Man’s rogues gallery, and the allure of the X-Men, Jusko’s painted artwork has mesmerized fans for decades and ushered in the trading card boom of the 90s. Now, the Marvel Masterpieces Variant Cover series will give fans a chance to own a piece of Marvel Comics history in an exciting new way!

Check out all 23 of Joe Jusko’s Marvel Masterpieces covers now, and collect them all beginning on October 6th!

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #75 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • CAPTAIN MARVEL #33 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • EXCALIBUR #24 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • HELLIONS #16 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #76 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • AVENGERS #49 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • IMMORTAL HULK #50 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • IRON MAN #13 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • X-FORCE #24 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • X-MEN #4 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE #2 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #37 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • S.W.O.R.D. #9 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • THOR #18 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • WOLVERINE #17 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • X-MEN: THE TRIAL OF MAGNETO #3MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #77 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • BLACK WIDOW #12 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • DAREDEVIL #35 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • INFERNO #2 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO
  • MARAUDERS #25 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER A by JOE JUSKO
  • MARAUDERS #25 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER B by JOE JUSKO
  • BLACK PANTHER #3 MARVEL MASTERPIECES VARIANT COVER by JOE JUSKO

Miles Morales Teams with the Marvel Universe in 10th Anniversary Covers

This year, Marvel will commemorate the 10th anniversary of one of its brightest stars—Miles Morales! The young Brooklyn-based Spider-Man took the world by storm when he was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli’s in 2011’s Ultimate Fallout #4 and has skyrocketed to stardom ever since. The last decade has seen Miles star in both his own hit ongoing series as well as team books such as Champions and All-New Avengers plus major appearances in film, video games, and more. Marvel is proud to celebrate the character’s incredible impact this year with a series of variant covers crafted by the industry’s top artists including Mike Del Mundo, Javier Garrón, and Russell Dauterman. This stunning series of covers will showcase Miles in a variety of different iconic looks from his classic suit to the inspired collection of suits from the blockbuster PlayStation game Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales designed by the Insomniac Games character art team and its talented artists. See him team up with heroes from throughout the Marvel Universe on the covers of your favorite ongoing series starting in September!

Check out the first group now and stay tuned for news about the other ways Marvel Comics will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of Miles Morales this year!

  • AVENGERS #48 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by ERNANDA SOUZA
  • BLACK PANTHER #2 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by KEN LASHLEY with colors by JUAN FERNANDEZ
  • CAPTAIN MARVEL #32 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by DAVID NAKAYAMA
  • MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #30 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by JAVIER GARRÓN
  • DAREDEVIL #34 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by TBA
  • SHANG-CHI #4 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by TAURIN CLARKE
  • BLACK WIDOW #11 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER EJIWA “EDGE” EBENEBE
  • IRON MAN #12 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by RAHZZAH
  • SPIDER-WOMAN #15 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by BENGAL
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #74 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by SARA PICHELLI with colors by TAMRA BONVILLAIN
  • DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE #1 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by MIKE DEL MUNDO
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #36 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #18 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by TBA
  • MOON KNIGHT #3 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by GREG LAND with colors by FRANK D’ARMATA
  • BLACK CAT #10 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by DIKE RUAN with colors by DAVE MCCAIG
  • THOR #17 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by TODD NAUCK with colors by RACHELLE ROSENBERG
  • WOLVERINE #6 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by PHIL JIMENEZ
  • NON-STOP SPIDER-MAN #6 MILES MORALES 10th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER by DECLAN SHALVEY
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