In the 1990s X-Men animated series there is a two part story called "Savage Land, Strange Heart." In this land Sauron has a dampening field that nullifies mutant powers for those who don't have a special device.

When the team of X-Men arrive their enemies say it is pointless to fight because they don't have their powers. Wolverine pulls out his adamantium claws and says "there's nothing mutant about these."

Since Wolverine retained the artificially implanted adamanium, shouldn't he have died in the Savage Land? He didn't have his healing factor, so how did his body extract the blood from his encased bone marrow?

Update:

Even if he didn't immediately die, he should have been poisoned by heavy metal toxicity. Also without super human strength granted by his mutant powers he should have been unable to move, or at least severely encumbered due to the shear weight of the adamantium.

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    Good question, but I'd focus on a different aspect; as the related question Gnovice mentions addresses, the blood/bone issue may not have been a problem, as the bones aren't covered, but rather laced with adamantium (except for the claws).. HOWEVER, the adamantium was still very toxic. Minus the healing factor, it should have quickly poisoned him. – K-H-W Feb 28 '12 at 22:42
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    For heavy metal toxicity to occur the metal in question needs to accumulate in the soft tissue of the body. Since the adamantium doesn't go anywhere there is no danger. – Legion600 Feb 28 '12 at 23:59
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    @Legion600 - Reasonable; the original stories said that it was toxic and constantly dealing with it kept his healing factor from being as powerful as it could be.. but on checking, I find that this was later ret-conned, so that it instead treated it as a foreign material and was just trying to expel it. (I'd assume that minus his powers, his body ignored it like any internal and non-reactive implant.) Meh. I can never keep up with the current status of these explanations :) +1, anyway. – K-H-W Mar 5 '12 at 2:07
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The substance surrounding Wolverines bones is not True Adamantium (TM).

According to the Marvel Wiki Wolverine's mutant healing factor induced a molecular change in the adamantium causing it to become Adamantium Beta. This new metal acts like True Adamantium but doesn't inhibit the biological process of bones.

Even though his bones are encased in metal they still function properly.

Wolverine has no super strength according to his Marvel bio. He does however have a limited immunity to the body's fatigue poisons. This would have caused him to tire more easily when his power was shut down but given that even without the healing factor he is in prime athletic shape it wouldn't have been overly noticeable.

It's quite likely that wolverines healing factor has altered wolverines body in significant ways, over the decades that he's been bonded to the alloy. Firstly, if he is able to flush the toxins out more effectively (but not more quickly) then it would buy him some time. My reasoning is that like anti-bodies, once the body adapts to the toxins it can deal with them, albeit more slowly than without his healing factor.

He's also gained increased strength of muscle and ligaments form having to lug his skeleton around. It's not that he constantly requires to heal to use his muscles, but without the factor he'd never have developed them in the first place.

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