52 – SABRETOOTH

25 May

Subject: Sabretooth
Real Name: Victor Creed
Height: 6’6″ Weight: 275 lbs.
Group Affiliation: None
First Appearance: Iron Fist #14, August 1977

Power Ratings:

  • Energy Projection: 1/7
  • Mental Powers: 1/7
  • Strength: 2/7
  • Fighting Ability: 7/7
  • Intelligence: 2/7

I really loved Sabretooth’s 90’s redesign. Whereas Wolverine was almost de-evolving into more and more of a feral state, Sabretooth’s mane was upgraded into an almost pimp-like boa. Giving him a little bit more class makes him seem even more like a psycho, more than capable of turning Wolverine’s screws.

Again, sadly, Sabretooth didn’t actually have TOO much to do during Lee’s tenure, until the X-Men vol. 2 run involving Maverick and Omega Red (see the Maverick entry for more of my history with this particular storyline). And Sabretooth was only a side character in that one. For more substantial Wolverine and Sabretooth stories, I suggest picking up the enigmatic but mindbending (and drawn with overflowing machismo by Mark Texeira) Wolverine #61-69. Again, a shame, since Lee draws Logan and Victor with such savage vigor.

Speaking of which, the art on the front of the card is good, though the pose isn’t necessarily my kind of dynamic (I like Wolverine in a similar crouching pose, but I prefer a Sabretooth that shows off how much larger he is than Wolverine). The portrait in side-b fares better; I just really like Victor with that hat.

And of course, appropriately, Sabretooth’s Power Ratings are exactly identical to Wolverine’s.

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