I was watching Enter The Dragon (1973) for the first time and I noticed something.

Mr Han from Enter the Dragon (1973) with blades instead of a hand

Was that the first Wolverine? Was the real one copied from Mr.Han?

  • Possible, wolverene first appeared in 1974 Oct 5, 2017 at 10:30
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    The Craw?
    – Machavity
    Oct 5, 2017 at 13:42
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    Bagh nakh go back for at least some centuries before Enter the Dragon, so if it was inspired by a weapon in another medium, there are other possible sources.
    – Jon Hanna
    Oct 5, 2017 at 14:40
  • @Machavity The Craw is not as similar as Enter the Dragon to Wolverine Oct 8, 2017 at 7:59
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    @StrangePhoton Was kidding. Hence why it's a comment
    – Machavity
    Oct 8, 2017 at 13:52

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Marvel editor-in-chief Roy Thomas asked writer Len Wein to devise a character specifically named Wolverine, who is Canadian and of small stature and with a wolverine's fierce temper. John Romita, Sr. designed the first Wolverine costume, and believes he introduced the retractable claws, saying, "When I make a design, I want it to be practical and functional. I thought, 'If a man has claws like that, how does he scratch his nose or tie his shoelaces?'

This is from the Wikipedia page for Wolverine here. Originally Wolverine was supposed to be a mutated wolverine, but this later changed to a young adult with claws, and then early drawings caused the character to be made older, approximately 40-60 years old.

There's no mention of Mr. Han in the thought process for Wolverine. The claws were probably a main stay from the idea of a feral mutated wolverine and as the quote says, were made retractable to make the character idea practical.

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    Originally Wolverine was supposed to be a mutated wolf The funny thing is that wolves and more broadly Canidae don't have retractable claws, while Felidae do. But calling him... "Catherine" would have somewhat lessened his fierceness
    – Sekhemty
    Oct 5, 2017 at 11:47
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    Yeah I know ;), funny that Sabretooth didn't have retractable claws, his razor sharp nails were always on show, and yet a Sabretooth is an ancestor of the feline family. They got them the wrong way around.
    – John Bell
    Oct 5, 2017 at 11:52
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    @FuzzyBoots there is a middle step where the claws are part of the adamantium skeleton, but not part of his bones
    – Andrey
    Oct 5, 2017 at 14:17
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    Originally Wolverine was supposed to be a mutated wolf - mutated wolverine, not wolf. (I mean, hence the name.) And that claim was always denied by the late Len Wein, the character's co-creator. Oct 5, 2017 at 16:58
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    @Sekhemty: Wolverines are mustelids, not canids. (But mustelids still don't have retractable claws.) Oct 5, 2017 at 17:02

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