Wolverine Celebrates 35th Anniversary With Art, Animation, Controversy

Whether he’s mashed through the art filters of Dali, Warhol or that dude who painted the dogs playing poker or kicking much ass on the new animated series Wolverine and the X-Men and an upcoming standalone blockbuster film called X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Wolverine is getting the deluxe treatment for his 35th anniversary. So where’s the controversy? I explain it all for Wired.

Marvel Fetes Wolverine’s 35th Anniversary With Art, Animation

[Scott Thill, Wired]

torrent trackers like Mininova have been offering downloads of Wolverine and the X-Men steadily about once a week since September 2008. In fact, days ago a torrent bundling the series’ entire first season hit Mininova, although Marvel Animation and others argue that these episodes did not air in Canada, the United Kingdom or the United States until January 2009.

The controversy has not diminished Wolverine and the X-Men’s artistic achievement. Featuring kinetic animation, explosive action, brain-teasing scenarios and more cut muscle than ESPN, it is arguably the finest comics-based animation series on television.

U.S.-based Wolverine fans, including the very moviegoers who could propel Hugh Jackman and X-Men Origins: Wolverine to the top of the domestic box office this summer, surely deserve to know why this superb X-Men series might be currently viewable in the United Kingdom and Canada, but not in America.


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