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Posted: 05 June 2023 at 3:19pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Found this elsewhere:

“I once read that Byrne later based Logan's face on actor Bruce (Hill Street Blues, Half Past Dead, Dinocroc) Weitz.”

This comment is three years old, but since nothing dies on the internet, perhaps it’s time for a reminder that my “model” for Logan was Paul D’Amato, as seen in SLAP SHOT (1977).

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Posted: 05 June 2023 at 3:59pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Whoever "read" that about Bruce Weitz could've easily internet-ed his way to the knowledge that the Mick Belker character on Hill Street Blues debuted around the time JB was departing the X-Men.

Probably just as easily could've found the JBF and all kinds of straight-from-the-man-himself information.

Oh well...

Anyway, as much as SLAP SHOT seems like a movie that couldn't possibly be made today, so too does the original Wolverine.
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Posted: 05 June 2023 at 4:22pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Paul D’Amato in that film has a great face. I can totally see it.
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Posted: 05 June 2023 at 5:01pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

He looks a lot, now, like my DoFP Logan. :-)
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Posted: 06 June 2023 at 2:28pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Looked him up and dang, he has that feral quality JB captured with Wolverine. Great choice of model/inspiration.
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Posted: 06 June 2023 at 2:35pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

His eyes make him look unhinged. Here is one of his old headshots.



And here is a more recent photo of Paul.

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Is there a real world example of what Wolverine’s hairdo is, besides the X-
Men movies? I looked at pictures of Paul D’Amato in Snapshot and his hair
didn’t look like what his comic hair is and definitely not what it became.
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I believe for that you’d have to read a Dave Cockrum interview? His was the
first hand to publish Logan’s unmasked appearance IIRC.
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Posted: 06 June 2023 at 5:50pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

The lead singers of A Flock of Seagulls had a hairdo that wasn't too far off in the 80s.



Edited to get rid of a rogue apostrophe...


Edited by Peter Martin on 06 June 2023 at 5:50pm
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Posted: 06 June 2023 at 5:53pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Dave’s Wolverine was a rougher version of his LoSH Timberwolf.

Which just pushes the hair back a notch but does not provide an “origin.”

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Posted: 06 June 2023 at 6:52pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

On his IMDB page under the "did you know?" section, it says "Was the inspiration for artist John Byrne's depiction of Wolverine in "Uncanny X-Men".
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Posted: 06 June 2023 at 7:08pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

It’s a weird journey. Seeing SLAP SHOT in the theater, first run. Taking notice of the particular kind of madness D’Amato brought to his character. Finding that seeping into my Wolverine, and decades later contacting D’Amato to tell him about it. (By then I felt he would know who Wolverine was. He did, and was much amused.)
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