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5 Most Surprising Times Wolverine Died and Stayed Dead

Wolverine dies in The Uncanny X-Men #142

Here are all the times that Wolverine died and stayed dead in the comics. Marvel says that next month they're killing off Wolverine. He's their most popular character and many people wonder how that's possible. You can't kill Wolverine, can you? Yes, you can. We already written about 8 sure-fire ways to kill Wolverine. Now, let's visit all the times Wolverine has died in the comics.

1. Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe
In this 1995 one-shot  written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Doug Braithwaite, Frank Castle’s family isn’t killed by mobsters. They’re killed by the screw-ups of the Avengers. So, he goes on a rampage killing off  every superhero and supervillain in the Marvel Universe. When he meets Wolverine he stabs him with his own claws and throws him into an electrical panel. The electricity fries him to a skeleton.

Death by electrocution

2. What If? Wolverine Enemy Of The State

In this “What If…?” issue from written by Jimmie Robinson and penciled by Carmine Di Giandomenico back in 2006, Wolverine was never deprogrammed from a killing machine and is a Hand Assassin killing other superheroes. After murtalizing his way through the heroes Kitty Pride phases his hand into Wolverine's head and kills him. She said she'd give Logan a hand...

Death by a hand stuck in his head

3. The Uncanny X-Men "Days of Future Past" #142

In this issue, written by Chris Claremont and drawn by John Byrne, the X-Men of the future are fighting the mutant-hunting Sentinels. Colossus picks up wolverine and does a “fast-ball special” which launches Wolerine at the Sentinel like a baseball. Unfortunately for Wolverine spots him and it's energy blast is so powerful it vaporizes his body and leaves him a skeleton on the floor.

Death by Sentinel blast

4. What If... The Hulk Killed Wolverine? Vol. 2 #50
In this 1993 issue of "What if" the Hulk fights Wolverine and gives him a savage beating. Finally, the Hulk's punches dislodge a vertebrae in his adamantium spine and severs Logan's spinal cord. The break kills Wolverine instantly.

Death by broken spine.

5. What If... Wolverine Had Killed the Hulk? #50
Back in 1982 there was a copy of “What If?” that had Wolverine killing the Hulk which resonates through the Marvel Universe. In the end, Wolverine kills Magneto, but as Eric’s marinating in his own blood he makes Wolverine stab himself in the neck with his own claws. He never saw it coming.

Death by Wolverine claws

What do you think? Which is Wolverine's most epic death? Can Wolverine be killed?

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  1. I just hope they kill making anymore stand alone Wolverine movies...

  2. It was nice back in the old days when he could actually be killed without having to lose his powers. I mean in Ultimate Hulk vs. Ultimate Wolverine he gets his head cut off and is still alive! Yeesh.

  3. He'll be Back! I'd pay to see Hulk and Wolverine duke it out on the big screen.

  4. That would be an epic cross-over David! They’re owned by different companies, but maybe if we start a petition…

  5. Yes, but can he survive death by chocolate?

  6. I’d love to see that in a Grant Morrison comic. It would be epic. With sprinkles.

  7. That's a lot of deaths. And yet we still have a franchise. Amazing.

  8. That list leaves out a few. Logan takes a shotgun to the face from Punisher, turns to ash in a plane crash, Hulk rips him in half, (crawls to his other half and heals!) I think Punisher ran him over w/steamroller once. And he was once brought back from a single drop of blood!

  9. These are great ones Tony! I was trying to limit it to ones where he died and “stayed dead” rather than near-death experiences. That said, the blood reanimation would definitely go in this list otherwise.

  10. Come to think of it, I believe there's a cheat to the blood drop one. He was revived by magic. My Q is: How does a brain, etc. + adamantium regenerate from ONE drop of blood, magical or otherwise.

    If there was an article on how many times he's been 'defeated', here's nine - http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-9-worst-things-comic-books-have-ever-done-to-wolverine_p1/

    Even the Muramoto Blade from Silver Samurai (comics) could theoretically kill him. He decapitated Sabertooth, but either the head or the body regrew the lost parts. (I just now am getting back into the backstory after a 10 yr absence.)

  11. The Best there is!October 10, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    I remember the single drop of blood that was when the X-Men were fighting Horde, he did bleed on a crystal that brought him and the whole team back to life.

  12. I remember that.


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