Puck in Wolverine, Punisher & Ghost Rider: Official Index to the Marvel Universe #2

Wolverine, Punisher & Ghost Rider: Official Index to the Marvel Universe #2
Nov 2011

Note: Despite being clearly printed on the cover, “Official Index to the Marvel Universe: Wolverine, Punisher & Ghost Rider” is not the actual title of this series. The indicia reveals it reversed as above.

The Official Index to the Marvel Universe, or OITTMU, continues in its third incarnation after taking on Spider-Man, Iron Man and the X-Men in the first series and the Avengers, Captain America, and Thor in the second. This third series coves the massive set of comics for Wolverine and Punisher, and the large but not as massive Ghost Rider series. The index contains detailed synopses of individual comics, including all of the relevant data pertaining to the comic as well as a thumbnail of the cover art, 2 issues per page (roughly). Puck appears in this issue in reprinted art from the cover of Wolverine #35 (Jan 1991).

Click to see full-size version of the solicited cover

Originally, the solicits for this issue indicated it would start right at Wolverine #35 and as the usual arrangement is for the cover art from the starting issue to be reproduced, the solicited cover included Puck! However, once the series started, the writers ended up off by a few issues and didn’t make it all the way up to #34 in issue #1. The issues covered for the Wolverine series in this issue start at issue #33, so the cover for Wolverine #33 was reproduced instead. It’s fairly typical for the OITTMU covers to differ from the solicits this way but for a while there, Alpha Flight Collector had a thrill going up his leg over it.

Note also that the solicit cover shown above oddly refers to the issue as “1982’s Wolverine #35“, a typographical error left over from the solicit to issue #1 which did index the first Wolverine series from 1982 by Frank Miller and Chris Claremont.

The actual image shown inside is a thumbnailed image, so here is an inset from the actual cover to that issue featuring Puck as he and Wolverine are sent back in time by Gateway to his first chronological appearance in 1937:

Puck is mentioned for his appearances in issues #35, #36 and #37 with notes in the issue details.

James and Heather Hudson are mentioned in the entry for Wolverine #50. They appeared in an uncaptioned snapshot inside the unusual die-cut cover of that issue. Though it was very obvious who they were, it had never been confirmed until this issue.

Here is the snapshot in question from that issue, which did not appear in the index, despite being part of the cover art.

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