Romita sketched the character, although it was first drawn for printing by Herb Trimpe. Wolverine then joined a renewed version of the superhero team the X-Men, where eventually writer Chris Claremont and artist-writer John Byrne played important roles in the character's development. Artist Frank Miller in collaboration with Claremont revised the character with a four-part eponymous limited series from September to December 1982, which debuted Wolverine's catchphrase, "I'm the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn't very nice."
Wolverine is symbolic of the many tough antiheroes that surfaced in American popular culture after the Vietnam War. His readiness to use deadly force and his brooding nature became standard characteristics for comic book anti-heroes by the end of the 1980s. The character became a fan favorite of the increasingly popular X-Men franchise. He has been featured in his own solo comic book series since 1988.
Wolverine has appeared in most X-Men adaptations, including video games, animated television series, and the live-action 20th Century Fox X-Men film series. Wolverine ranked 1st in Wizard magazine's 2008 Top 200 Comic Book Characters; 4th in Empire's 2008 Greatest Comic Characters; and 4th on IGN's 2011 Top 100 Comic Book Heroes.