The longtime credited creators of Wolverine are Len Wein and John Romita Sr., with the latter designing the clawed hero. Herb Trimpe also helped bring the character to life as the main artist on “The Incredible Hulk.” In a conversation with Comics Interview in 1991, Wein, who passed away in 2017, wrote that Thomas gave him the name of the hero and that he wanted him to have a Canadian accent but offered no other details. The late writer added Romita Sr. made the suit and that he himself came up with the idea of putting him on the X-Men.

Thomas’ past remarks on the situation claim similar minor input. In a 1982 interview in the “X-Men Companion,” Thomas said, “My only other part in the new X-Men besides getting it going and the international idea in general was to make a few vague suggestions to Len that even I couldn’t remember. Probably I may have approved a general kind of line-up, but it was basically Len’s idea, I think. The only thing I suggested to him over lunch was that I thought it was time we had a Canadian hero,” while adding he suggested the name “because the animal inhabits Canada as well as the Northern United States and would be familiar to both.”

Marvel has been called out for not properly crediting creators based on their work before. In 2020, “New Mutants” co-creator Bob McLeod expressed disappointment in how his work was adapted and how his name was misspelled during the end credits. The following year, David Aja not properly being credited for “Hawkeye” led to some fans boycotting the Disney+ series. Understandably, Thomas’ inclusion as one of Wolverine’s co-creators has raised some eyebrows.

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