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Wolverine is here because he has so many ties to Japan.

  1. He was once engaged to Mariko Yashida.
  2. He had a son, Daken, with Itsu.
  3. He was training in Japan with Bando Saburo (Earth-616) when he met Itsu.
  4. The adamantium in his bones was invented by Lord Dark Wind.
  5. Dark Wind's daughter, Lady Deathstrike, lives to kill him.
  6. One of his movies is set mainly in Japan The Wolverine (Movie)

Special Issues/Series

WOLVERINE (1982) #1 Published: Sept 10, 1982 Added To Marvel Unlimited: Nov 13, 2007 Writer: Chris Claremont Penciller (Cover): Frank Miller Inker: Josef Rubinstein Colorist: Glynis Wein/Glynis Oliver Letterer: Tom Orzechowski Editor: Louise Jones

Wolverine stories could easily dominate any list of the best comics set in Japan, so let’s start with the “best there is”—the original WOLVERINE #1-4, by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. One of Marvel’s first limited series redefined the character as he traveled to Japan to find his long-lost love, Mariko Yashida. Shingen, her crimelord father, forced her to marry one of his stooges, which did not set well with Logan. Miller and colorist Glynis Oliver provide ninja fights amidst the neon lights of Tokyo, making this not only the must-read Wolverine tale, but also one of the quintessential works within comics as a whole.