When did readers learn that Wolverine has such feature? Was it known from the very first appearance of Wolverine in 'The Incredible Hulk #180' from October 1974?

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    He only appears in the final panel of Hulk #180.
    – Valorum
    May 10, 2017 at 20:34
  • @Valorum don't get it could you describe better what you mean ?
    – R S
    May 10, 2017 at 20:35
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    @RS Valorum is correct. Hulk #180 was his first appearance in the last panel of Hulk 180. In Hulk #181 was his first full debut, showing the battle between Hulk, Wolverine and Wendigo.
    – kelzak
    May 10, 2017 at 20:40
  • @kelzak What do you mean by FULL debut - Adamantium endoskeleton was revealed ? And what is 'panel' ?
    – R S
    May 10, 2017 at 20:44
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    @RS In Hulk 180 Wolverine is only in 1 panel vs in #181 Wolverine appears in just about every page. As for his Adamantium anatomy this was revealed in X-Men#98 (April 1976).
    – kelzak
    May 10, 2017 at 20:47

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TL;DR. We find out that his skeleton is made from adamantium in The Uncanny X-Men #126 from 1979.

Wolverine's first appearance was a single panel cameo at the end of The Incredible Hulk #180.

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There's no mention of adamantium until the following edition, The Incredible Hulk #181, where we learn that his claws are made from the substance.

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Interestingly, in the same issue he takes a blow to the head which he's described as surviving only due to his "astonishing speed and stamina". No mention is made of an adamantium skeleton

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It wasn't until X-Men #98 that they're revealed to be part of his body (as opposed to part of his suit).

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In X-Men #124 we learn that Wolverine has "unbreakable bones"enter image description here

and in The Uncanny X-Men #126 we finally discover that his bones are made out of a metal called adamantium

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  • I don't have a source, but I seem to recall that the class were originally planned as part of the suit,and they changed it later. Small difference, but interesting I thought.
    – Paul
    May 10, 2017 at 21:36
  • So Wolverine got jacked by a huge man...
    – Machavity
    May 10, 2017 at 21:46
  • Surviving Hulk's punch to the head will mostly be because of his healing factor, I think. May 11, 2017 at 9:28
  • @DisturbedNeo - My instinct is that they didn't decide that his skeleton was made of adamantium until much later. There's a panel in an earlier comic where they changed it from him getting shot in the stomach to getting grazed because they didn't think audiences would buy that he could heal from it fast enough to survive. It wasn't until much later that his healing went from 'faster than a human's" to "insanely fast"
    – Valorum
    May 11, 2017 at 9:33

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