Art by Andy Kubert
|First appearance||Origin #1 (November, 2001)|
|Created by||Bill Jemas, Paul Jenkins, Joe Quesada (story) and Andy Kubert (art)|
|Full name||Dog Logan|
|Team affiliations||Hellfire Club|
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"Dog" Logan is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is the half-brother of Wolverine.
Dog Logan first appeared in Origin #1, and was created by Bill Jemas, Paul Jenkins, Joe Quesada, and Andy Kubert. Jenkins responded to the character and Sabretooth as one character by saying "Who knows? In my mind, Dog is not intended to be Sabretooth, but he could be. It doesn’t matter. As long as the next writer respects the character and writes a simple story, anything could happen." However, it's later shown that Dog and Sabretooth are separate people.
Fictional character biography
Dog Logan is from Alberta, Canada during the late 19th century.
While his father Thomas Logan worked as groundskeeper of the Howlett estate, the adolescent Dog was a servant as well as playmates of the sickly James Howlett and the orphan Rose brought to the Howlett estate. The three children were good friends. At one point, Dog saves James from drowning in a river. However, Dog gets frequent beatings from his abusive alcoholic father for spending time with members of the upper class. The young teenaged Dog was cruel, sadistic and brash, going so far as to make unwanted sexual advances toward Rose. James, witnessing and foiling an attempt by Dog to assault Rose sexually, reports the incident to John Howlett, Jr. Dog kills James's dog in retaliation, resulting in Dog's and Thomas's expulsion from the estate. Thomas returns enraged to the Howlett estate later that night with Dog and wanted to leave with Elizabeth Howlett and James. Thomas and Dog are soon discovered by Howlett coming into the bedroom and the two fathers quickly engage in a heated verbal exchange that culminates with Thomas shooting Howlett in the head with a shotgun. James walks into the room and witnesses Howlett's death to which the trauma triggers James' mutant powers, particularly bone claws, against Thomas and Dog, resulting in Thomas's death and Dog being slashed severely across his face with three large scars. After Elizabeth kills herself in front of Dog moments later using Thomas' gun. As the only survivor left when the police arrived, Dog reports that Rose is responsible.
Years later, the adult Dog is hired by John Howlett, Sr. (James's grandfather) to track James. Dog accepted, but with the intention of killing James rather than the dying grandfather's wish. Now fully grown, Dog is large and powerfully built with lightly colored hair. Dog eventually tracks James to the mining town where James and Rose have been staying since running from the Howlett estate. Dog spends some time in the town, learning James's habits and watches as James and Smitty (the foreman of the camp and James's close friend) participate in a cage fight. James, despite being enraged over Smitty's relationship with Rose, allows Smitty to win the fight. After the fight, Dog suddenly attacks James. During the fight, Dog claims that James is responsible for Howlett's death (even though Dog's father is actually the one responsible). James manages to defeat Dog and extends bone claws, preparing to kill him but Rose suddenly arrives. As James prepares to strike Dog, Rose runs into the claws and is fatally wounded. Grief-stricken, James runs from the camp and into the forest, leaving Dog behind.
Later in the Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine mini series, Dog encounters Spider-Man travelling through time. Dog enters a mine containing the glowing diamonds responsible for Spider-Man's time travel. The diamonds send him to the present day.
In the modern era, Dog Logan is seen alive in the Canadian wilderness, obsessed with reading newspaper articles about Wolverine creating his own school. While in the future (the present) in his cabin, he was greeted by a future version of himself who told him it was time for him to start hunting his brother in the Savage Land, without giving out anything of the outcome of the battle. Through unknown means, he made it to the Savage Land and shot down his brother with a laser pistol while he was jumping around the trees in order to teach Wolverine a lesson.
He was offered a teaching job at the Hellfire Club's Hellfire Academy where he became the Hellfire Academy's gym teacher.
Powers and abilities
Much about Dog remains unrevealed, due to the few appearances he has made. Dog is tall and powerfully built and demonstrates impressive tracking abilities, though it remains unrevealed precisely how he locates James and Rose. Dog also shows himself to be a formidable combatant during his fight with James. In the present day, Logan has mastered the use of the time diamonds and is able to use them to travel through time seemingly at will, and to transport people and things from different time periods to his own location. He has also acquired an arsenal of highly advanced weaponry from various future eras, including plasma rifles, poison darts filled with alien venom, and an Adamantium battle-axe.[volume & issue needed]
- Dog Logan appears in Wolverine Noir as Logan's partner and alleged brother. This incarnation of the character is portrayed as being mentally handicapped to a degree. He dies during the series' climax after Victor Creed's men tie him to the train tracks and is struck down by the oncoming train.
- What if Wolverine was Public Enemy No. 1 posits that after the events of Wolverine: Origin, Dog moved to Chicago where he became a crime lord known as "Scarface", and had Logan's wife and son killed, prompting Logan to be the Punisher in the 1920s.
- A future version appears in Wolverine and the X-Men #26.
In other media
- Dog Logan's character is amalgamated with Victor Creed in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine portrayed by Liev Schreiber; with the character's young depiction portrayed by Michael-James Olsen. Depicted as the half-brother of Wolverine (James Howlett / Logan), he possesses enhanced strength and speed, heightened senses, and razor-sharp nails that can extend or retract at will, allowing him to climb sheer surfaces and adds extra power to his grip and he is also given the ability to run on all fours. The brothers fought together as mercenaries in the American Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. Victor grows increasingly violent and uncontrolled as time passes, leading to both him and James being placed in front of a firing squad. They survive and thus are invited to join William Stryker's all-mutant team. James leaves the team after witnessing Stryker's willingness to kill innocent civilians, but Victor does not go with James. Victor and Stryker subsequently work together to capture various mutants, culminating in tricking James into agreeing to have adamantium bonded to Howlett's skeleton by claiming that Victor had gone rogue and had killed Howlett's love interest. Despite the animosity between the two of them—made even worse when Stryker reveals that (contrary to their deal) Victor cannot merge adamantium to his skeleton because it would kill him—the brothers fight together to defeat Weapon XI as Victor's reason being that only he gets to kill Wolverine, subsequently departing when the battle is over.
- The character was originally to appear in the 2017 film Logan.
The character is featured in the X-Men Origins: Wolverine video game adaptation, voiced by Liev Schreiber.
- interview with Paul Jenkins - comicbooksetc.com
- "Second interview with Paul Jenkins - comicbooksetc.com". Web.archive.org. 2006-07-21. Archived from the original on 2006-07-21. Retrieved 2011-01-20.
- Wolverine Vol. 2 #304
- Origins #3
- Origins #5
- Origins #6
- Astonishing Spider-Man and Wolverine #6
- Wolverine #304
- Wolverine and the X-Men #26
- Wolverine and the X-Men #29
- Wolverine: Noir #1-4. Marvel Comics.
- What If: Wolverine #1. Marvel Comics.
- Wolverine and the X-Men #26. Marvel Comics.
- Graser, Marc; Siegel, Tatiana (2008-02-19). "Reynolds, will.i.am join 'Wolverine'". Variety. Retrieved 2008-12-15.
- In the video game adaption of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a trivia caption on the loading screens says the character's nickname as a boy was "Dog" by Thomas Logan.
- Giroux, Jack (February 2017). "Why 'Logan' Director James Mangold Cut a Few Mutant Cameos". SlashFilm.
- Lang, Brent (April 2017). "Liev Schreiber on 'Chuck,' Fame, and How He Almost Appeared in 'Logan'". Variety.
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