I bought this action figure in 1992. I grew up as a big fanboy of comic books, and X-Men in particular. I still am. Part of the appeal was the obvious superhero story. It was fun to read and the artwork was always so incredible; it sucked me in. Jim Lee, John Byrne, Dave Cockrum, Neal Adams...Jack Kirby! The greats. Their artwork inspired me. But apart from directing me into art school, the takeaway from these books for me and what stuck with me into adulthood was the connection I felt to the characters -- these mutants who were forgotten, disregarded, hated by society -- and how as an awkward, unpopular kid and now an adult who deals with depression, anxiety and a number of trust issues, I continue to relate to these characters. I don't have claws or blue fur or the ability to read minds, but there are days when I understand how it feels to be a pariah. I'm certain I'm not alone in that feeling, but most days all the same feel pretty lonely.
But that's why I keep Wolverine around. He reminds me that I'm not the only outsider or the only one with issues. Not the only pariah. We're all hiding our claws. Some days are easier than others and some days I want to give up. But that's not what Wolverine would do, bub.
If you read all of this, thanks.
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