(CBR) As Wolverine Month wraps up here on X-Position, it's time to quiz one of the minds behind the many appearances of Wolverine in the Marvel Universe. Whether you're a fan of books like "Wolverine," "Savage Wolverine" or "Wolverine MAX," Marvel Editor Jeanine Schaefer has you covered. Schaefer has been the editorial steward of Wolverine for nearly four years and brings a wealth of experience to the table when determining what's next for the best there is at what he does. Along with Assistant Editor Jennifer M. Smith, Wolverine is in good hands for the future. In this week's special editorial wrap-up edition of X-Position, Schaefer and Smith answer your questions about all things Wolverine, including the character's mysterious past, the probability of a fully-solo Wolverine title, the shifting nature of "Savage Wolverine" and how James Mangold's "The Wolverine" film might affect ongoing series featuring the character.
Jeanine Schaefer: Google calendar. No, we work hard to make sure that he's not repeating beats in each book, that there's time for him to be doing all of this (we loosely know each time period for each story, and which comes first, etc.). I do have a legal pad on my desk, too, that I keep of his general timeline as well, from "Origin" on. Yes, handwritten. Get your fainting couches everyone!
Why do you think Wolverine is able to support such a diverse block of titles?
Schaefer: He's such an Everyman -- and everyone has a slightly different version of Wolverine that's their canon. Whether it's the mercenary, the Man With No Name, the Samurai, the cranky dad (my favorite!), the pioneer; a combination of them or something else entirely. He's seen everything, he's been through it all, so whatever you throw at Wolverine, anyone can imagine a reaction that would make total sense, and I think he's one of the only characters that can stand up to that.
Any chance of a Wolverine/X-23 team-up in Marvel NOW! following "Avengers Arena?" (Assuming Laura survives.)
Schaefer: Ah, I can't give that away! Sorry, James!
cora reef has some questions about the actual editorial process and what wrangling Wolverine writers is like. Dear Ms. Schaefer, As editors of Wolverine, do you ever feel overly protective of the character? Has there ever been an instance where a writer wants to do something to him that you know is right for the story, but makes you cringe?
Schaefer:Hello, Ms. Reef! I feel incredibly protective! I've been the Wolverine editor for almost four years, so I have a definite idea of who I think Wolverine is. That said, some of the best stories are those that push him (and us!) out of his comfort zone. Years ago, [former X-Men group editor] Mike Marts told me that one of our most important jobs as editors is ushering these characters safely through the years, as they'll be around longer than we will. But that also means making sure we allow people with different ideas to add to the mythos in a way that leaves new toys and new stories for the next crew. That's a long way of saying I try hard to remember what I said earlier, that Wolverine can stand up to a lot, and as long as I don't think it's damaging, and if it gives us new avenues to explore, it's all fair game.
Jennifer M. Smith: My first comic was Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's "Astonishing X-Men," and possibly my favorite part in the whole story is when Logan is mentally reduced to his child self. If you can sell me on Wolverine making paper doll chains and hiding in trees from a blue moose, you can probably sell me on anything with the character! I'm just excited to see what ideas our writers come up with.
For a book like "Savage Wolverine" that's more like a series of short stories with the character, is there any creator that you'd particularly like to have come on to give their take?
Schaefer: I'm super excited for what Jock is going to do coming up next, as I think Wolverine in a Sci-Fi setting is totally brilliant. I have a list a mile long of people I think would do great Wolverine stories, and also people that I would love to work with, but I can't say much because I'm afraid of jinxing it.
Daken fan Ichabod Brain wants to know whether Wolverine's son is set for a triumphant return in the solo books. It was so cool to see Daken pop up again in "Uncanny Avengers" in the very same spot where Wolverine once was -- as a horseman of the Apocalypse! With Daken back, when can we expect him to make an appearance in Wolverine's solo books?
Schaefer: Alas, I don't think so, Ichabod, though he's never far from Logan's thoughts.
When considering a pitch for Wolverine books specifically, how much of the submissions retread ground that's already been trod? (Trodden?)
Schaefer: (Trod upon?) If you mean submissions as in blind submissions, I wouldn't know because I legally can't read those. But I find that the creators I reach out to to discuss potential Wolverine stories have at least one completely unique story that only they can tell.
JimTheTroll is a fan of both "Wolverine MAX" and Wolverine kicking ass as a singularity -- and he's got questions to reflect that! I really enjoy when Wolverine interacts with other characters in the Marvel U, but also really love it when he's on his own kicking ass. A lot of the Wolverine books (other than "Wolverine MAX") these days seem to have him interact with characters more and more. Will there ever be a purely solo Wolverine title again?
Schaefer: I don't really think I can answer that definitively, Jim! It's really up to the writer and the rest of the landscape of the line. Right now, I think it's interesting to see Wolverine having to deal with different characters because of the position he's in as Headmaster of the Jean Grey School, and his own push to get outside his own skin and past a little. But that doesn't mean there's not a time and place for Logan the loner, either! Smith: I actually have a pitch for a comic book version of Wolverine's one-man show. He wears a turtleneck and a beret, it's great. Somehow I can’t sell anyone else on it, though.
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