by Graeme McMillan
James Howlett is finally officially recognized by Canada.
In a well done April Fools’ reveal, the personal journals and records of James “Logan” Howlett — or, as he’s better known, the X-Men’s Wolverine — were unveiled by Canada on Friday.
The joke came via an official release from Library and Archives Canada, which underplayed the gag all the way to the end, where it noted that his operative name changed at one point to “Wolverine,” with an artificially-aged still of Hugh Jackman as the movie version of the character used as illustration.
Howlett’s history in the release is consistent with the comic book version of the character, down to his parentage and circumstances of birth. The release states that his journals “provide valuable insight into his early life in Canada, including work as a miner in a British Columbia stone quarry, a fur trader for the Hudson’s Bay Company, and a homesteader in the Canadian Rockies.”
Similarly, his military career is noted for “spann[ing] multiple conflicts, making his personnel records an unprecedented study in Canadian military history.” T
The Facebook version of the release tags the Canadian Armed Forces, 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion and Canadian Security Intelligence Service, but sadly no mention of Department H, the comic book division that was in control of the character when he debuted in 1974’s The Incredible Hulk No. 181.
Maybe we’ll have to wait until next April 1 to see if details of that organization can be unclassified.