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Quote1 A right terrible tragedy it was... Just after the place was built, the elder boy took ill all of a sudden an' died. Quote2
Mr. Kenneth[src]


John Howlett, Jr. was the first-born son to John, Sr. and Elizabeth Howlett. He was apparently born a mutant. Due to unknown circumstances, he had died at a young age. It was implied that John, Sr. was the one who killed John, Jr. when he attacked his mother and his father couldn't defend her. What is known is that he scarred his mother's back with his claws prior to his death.[2]

John Howlett, Jr

"John" in Hell

When his younger brother James aka The Wolverine was sent to Hell, they shortly encountered before James fell into the darkness.[3] It is possible John is alive and what James saw was just a demon showing him an illusion.



John was presumably a mutant:

Retractable Bone Claws: It is suggested John possessed bone claws similar to his brother and many of his nieces and nephews. Given the shape of scar on his mother's back, he most likely had a set of three between the knuckles on each hand.


No Regenerative Healing Factor: Unlike most of his relatives with a similar X-gene, John seemingly had either no healing factor or a weak one, as he was susceptible to injury and could be killed like a normal human being.





  • One could assume that if James Howlett is the biological son of Thomas Logan and Elizabeth Howlett, then John Howlett, Jr. would also have the same biological parents, given the similarities in their powers and their uncanny resemblance to Thomas Logan. If this is the case, one would also assume that Thomas and Elizabeth were having an affair for a long period of time, and John Howlett, Sr. was not the biological father of either boy.


  • Based on the dates in his tombstone, John was around twelve years old when he died.[2]

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Links and References


  1. 2.0 2.1 Wolverine: The Origin #2
  2. Wolverine: Road to Hell #1
  3. Wolverine: The End #4