Nerd alert. Huge credit to Frank Miller who recognized the potential of Wolverine with a (the first?) stand alone series in 1982, but in 1988 came Meltdown. Written by Walter and Louise Simonson, and illustrated by John J. Muth and Kent Williams. You can pick up the 4part series on ebay now for less than $20. This is Wolverine as the love child of Tom Waits and Mickey Rourke. Super Barfly. No to silly costumes, yes to insane sideburns. If you had mutant self healing... you would vacation in Mexico, drink too much tequila and be in a million bar fights too... right? Brilliant.