First Appearance of Wolverine in Incredible Hulk #180 Original Artwork Up for Auction

Who is that little runt in the yellow costume with the Canadian accent? Wolverine of course and his very first appearance was at the very end of Incredible Hulk #180 in the last panel. His first full issue was of course Incredible Hulk #181. The artwork to that last page in 180 has not been seen for years but it has suddenly surfaced and will be up for auction at Heritage Auctions this coming May. The page is illustrated by Herb Trimpe, with inks by Jack Abel and hand-lettering by Artie Simek, based on a script by Len Wein, and shows the Canadian mutant Wolverine stepping out of the woods to intrude on a battle between the Hulk and the Wendigo. Although the owner of the page remains anonymous, Heritage Auctions says Herb Trimpe gave the collector the page in 1983. If you look closely at the page, you’ll see a personal message from Trimpe to, assumedly, the buyer, saying “Ben – Best wishes. Herb Trimpe”. The auction house says that “the majority” of the proceeds after taxes will be donated by the owner to the Hero Initiative, a not-for-profit comics creator support organization. Here is a look at the auction page at Heritage: Hulk 180 artwork. What do you think it will end up going for?

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