"I chose a narrow canvas for this watercolor painting because I wanted to emphasize the Wolverine story...” - Joe Rubinstein
Making his debut in the last panel of The Incredible Hulk #180 before having a larger role in #181 (1974), ‘Wolverine’ was created by Marvel editor-in-chief Roy Thomas, writer Len Wein and Marvel art director John Romita Sr. Razor sharp retractable claws on each hand are his most distinguishable feature, supported by enhanced physical abilities including a ‘healing factor’ allowing him to regenerate from injury, and animal-keen senses.
First drawn for publication by Herb Trimpe, the character Wolverine was popularized in mainstream media in 2000 by the live action portrayal by actor Hugh Jackman in the film ‘X-Men’. Jackman continued to play the character over two decades, appearing in 8 franchise films and other cameos.
"I chose a narrow canvas for this watercolor painting because I wanted to emphasize the Wolverine story. You see him one way at the top then travelling down you realize that he has just been in a terrible fight. By then end you are seeing and feeling the piece differently. – Joe Rubinstein
Josef "Joe" Rubinstein, born in Germany 1958 is a Hall of Fame comic book artist whose storied career spans more than four decades with notable credits that include the acclaimed 1982 Wolverine mini-series, the Infinity Gauntlet series and The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. Joe is known to be the artist to have given artist Art Adams (the Uncanny X-Men) his first professional work and nurtured the careers of Kyle Baker (Plastic Man), Jose Marzan, Jr. (The Flash) and Dale Keown (The Incredible Hulk). Joe’s record-setting post on Marvel Comics' saw him ink more pencillers than any other inker in history (and more than 2,500 comic books). He currently enjoys exploring painting techniques and creating portraits.