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Marvel's most dangerous Homo Superior gets a 200-page profile with a blood-red cover. Color illustrations culled from his avalanche of comic-book appearances adorn every page of this oversized (9.25 inches by 6.25 inches) resource, which also is full of information covering his 19th-century origins to his most current problems with the Skrull's Secret Invasion. --The Washington Times
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: DK Children (March 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756645476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756645472
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.9 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew K. Manning is a comic book writer, historian, and fan. Over the course of his career, he's written for many comic book titles including Batman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures, Beware the Batman, The Batman Strikes!, Batman: 80-Page Giant 2010, Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century, Justice League Adventures, Looney Tunes, Spider-Man Unlimited, Marvel Romance Redux, and Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?

When not writing comics themselves, Matthew often writes books about the comic book medium and its rich history. For Andrews McMeel, he has written The Batman Files and The Superman Files, two comprehensive "scrapbook" style histories of the famous icons. For DK Publishing, he has written Batman: A Visual History, Spider-Man: Inside the World of Your Friendly Neighborhood Hero, Iron Man: The Ultimate Guide to the Armored Super Hero, Wolverine: Inside the World of the Living Weapon, and the children's reader Marvel Heroes: Greatest Battles. In addition, he's also co-written DK's Marvel: Year by Year and DC Comics: Year by Year, as well as the Spider-Man Chronicle, three massive month-by-month retrospectives. For Insight Editions, he has recently penned The World According to the Joker and The World According to Wolverine. Some of his other book credits include The Batman Vault for Running Press, The Art of Captain America and The Art of Thor for Marvel, as well as a series of children's books starring Superman, Flash and Batman for Stone Arch Books.

Manning currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife Dorothy and their daughters Lillian and Gwendolyn. Visit him online at www.matthewkmanning.com.

(photo courtesy of Chris Montgomery)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tim Lasiuta on March 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
One of the most incredible comic creations of the 1970's was the Wolverine.

Writer Len Wein, artists John Romita Sr and Herb Trimpe, along with X Men scribe Chris Claremont, wove a tapestry that transformed a dangerous, violent mutant into a moder day icon. His presence in Marvel titles is taken for granted, but the mythology behind his long life have not been known until now.

DK and Marvel, in anticipation of the new X Men film, Wolverine, give readers an indepth look into the stories, both front and 'current', for Logan. We learn about his friends, his foes, his weakness', and along the way get to see a lot of cool art from Romita, Trimpe, Kaluta, Smith, Byrne, Miller, and Andrews. The book is highly detailed, yet as good as it is, some pages are too busy, particularly when a specific story is detailed.

I can say that the pages are mostly good, and even the colorful layout washes out some of the text and illos. The book is red...and black. Page edges are black. Certainly eye catching at the least.

Modern day readers who wonder who this Canadian born (1890's) hero was and is, will love this. Almost 200 pages of Wolverine bliss!

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Tim Lasiuta
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
DK's comic related books have definitely matured over the past couple of years. While a lot of their older books tended to be filled with a lot of fluff and not a lot of real content, their recent books have been quite good. Wolverine: Inside the World of the Living Weapon is one of the best, actually. It's 200 pages filled with information and insight on Marvel's most popular mutant. Sure it's still filled with great art from the comics but this is a book you can sink your teeth into.

Manning explores Wolverine's entire career both in terms of his fictional mythos but also his history in terms of the comics. We start with a look at the character himself as created by Len Wein, John Romita Sr., and Herb Trimpe. Throughout the book Manning notes "Key Issues" in Wolverine's comic history, the first being The Incredible Hulk #181 which featured the first Wolverine story. Manning provides a background into how the story came about relating how then Marvel Editor-in-Chief had visited Canada and had wanted to develop a Canadian superhero and handed the reins to Wein. There is a full story synopsis of this and all the key issues. Manning delves into Wolverine's unique powers and gives fans a list of the 10 things that Wolverine has survived thanks to his remarkable healing factor including surviving numerous explosions and gunshot wounds. There are also sections devoted to Wolverine's love interests and his various friends, allies, and enemies, and all his assorted group affiliations. And all this is in chapter one alone!

Following chapters cover Wolverine's life, including his true origin and military history.
Chapter 3 covers his eventual membership with the X-Men including profiles of the other team members and X-Men foes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on October 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Here's the 200-page hardcover guide into one of the world's most popular mutants, Wolverine. This book really stands out visually. Not only is the cover red, the edges of the pages are also red.

I used to watch the classic X-men animation on TV, and even back then I was intrigued by Wolverine. His abilities are really cool, and his back stories are fascinating as well.

The pages are filled to the brim with all sorts of information on Wolverine, like his origin, career, ability, lesser known facts, quotes, nemesis, love interest and all the different places he appears in his own comics and others. It's a engaging read into the legendary character.

As with most DK books, this book is also loaded with beautiful art from the comics. There are all styles of Wolverine you can look at, him with his different costumes, outfits or without, as drawn by different top artists.

This is the best compilation and writeup on Wolverine, certainly the ultimate guide to the ultimate weapon.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erasmo on February 9, 2011
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Amazing artwork! This book offers James Howlett's exclusive biography in details. You will not regret having this astonishing piece of work in your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. K. Elliott on May 9, 2013
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The pages are beautiful and the book is very detailed. I love it. The only thing better would be every Wolverine comic in one book :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Lopez on August 24, 2013
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Great book for comic book fans.
Really detailed, coloring is great and covers every part of Logans life. Worth buying
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OsodeOro on April 23, 2013
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This is exactly what I wanted. THe case looks awesome and I am glad to have gotten it. Im a huge fan.
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By JESIOLPE on October 13, 2012
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I'm excited to get my book on Wolverine, slow but it was worth something in if pq recommend this book has very good drawings and excellent grades, I'm just starting to collect these comic books ...
Amazon also recommend to have greater care in packing of such books as I have come a beaten and worn, that takes away a lot of poise for his good service delivery, I hope my views taken into account ...
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