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MICHIGAN WOLVERINE

Real Name: Blogun

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-88131) extraterrestrial (Melmacian) Melmutant (see comments)

Occupation: Adventurer

Group Membership: Uncanned X-Melmen (Brogue, Dark Kleenex (formerly Marble-Cake Girl), Haagen-Dazzler, Molossus, Nightcaller, Psych-Major, Prof. Charles Xylophone) (all Earth-88131)

Affiliations: Gordon Shumway (Fantastic Fur, later ALF) (Earth-88131)

Enemies: Emma DeFrost, Juggernougat, Magmeato, Sentimel (all Earth-88131)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Possibly an alternate dimension;
   formerly Professor Charles Xylophone's School for Gifted Melmutants, Melmac

First Appearance: ALF#22/1 (mid-November, 1989)

Powers/Abilities: Michigan Wolverine is a ferocious football fanatic whose power appears to be the ability to recite a vast knowledge of football statistics, which he is willing to impose on anyone. He is not fond of the morose Psych-Major. He has the usual physical attributes of a Melmac native (compared to humans), with heightened immunity, extended lifespan (set at 650 years) and a savage appetite open to many forms of food (including cats). He usually carries a gridiron football with him and has four studs permanently exposed on the sole of each foot, which gives him improved traction on grassy surfaces.

Height: 3' (by approximation)
Weight: Unrevealed
Eyes: Black
Hair: Brown fur

History:

(ALF#22/1 (fb)) - On Melmac, after being attacked by the nefarious Magmeato, orbit guardsman Gordon Shumway (later known as ALF) crash-landed at Professor Charles Xylophone's School for Gifted Melmutants, where he was introduced to the Uncanned X-Melmen (Michigan Wolverine, Brogue, Haagen-Dazzler, Molossus and Psych-Major). The X-Melmen took Shumway with them in their X-jet to confront Magmeato on his haircraft carrier ship. Magmeato buried them under a meat pile, but Shumway ate his way to secure their freedom. Magmeato surrendered and with the X-jet lost, Brogue carried the X-Melmen home.

(ALF Special#2/5 (fb)) - Not wanting to be on guard duty with the gloomy Psych-Major, Michigan Wolverine called Shumway in as a substitute and the two met on the airfield; Michigan Wolverine left hurriedly in an X-Mini-jet to Melmadripoor. However, after the fiery Dark Kleenex effect loomed, Michigan Wolverine, along with Brogue, Molossus, Prof. X and Haagen-Dazzler, were apprehended by a giant Sentimel robot deigned by the government to hunt Melmutants. Dark Kleenex appeared just as Psych-Major and Shumway arrived, and blasted the robot away. Shumway left with the X-Melmen immersed in infighting.

(ALF 44 (fb)) - Haagen-Dazzler left the X-Melmen and the team were introduced to their new member: Nightcaller. Michigan Wolverine doubted the newcomer's instant phone call abilities, so Nightcaller demonstrated and knocked out Michigan Wolverine with Prof. X's xylophone. Prof. X then dispatched the X-Melmen on a space mission, but their home planet later exploded in a separate incident, leaving the X-Melmen as some of the very few surviving Melmacians. On a nearby moon, they found Magmeato and Emma DeFrost plotting to take over Earth. Meanwhile, Shumway had made his way to Earth.

(ALF 44) - Psych-Major and Dark Kleenex went to Earth and gained Shumway's help, changing him into his secret superhero identity of Fantastic Fur, before they rejoined the X-Melmen near Magmeato's Melmacian moon base. Magmeato caused their spaceship to crash, then DeFrost almost made the X-Melmen drown. However, DeFrost's actions destabilized the moon and just before it was about to explode, Shumway fled in an escape pod while Nightcaller dialed an emergency group transportation to an alternate dimension. Later, back on Earth, Shumway played with his Melmutant action figures, confident the real Melmutants had survived.

Comments: Created by Michael Gallagher (writer), Dave Manak (pencils), Marie Severin (inks).

At one point, to gain the Irish Brogue's help while struggling to keep afloat, he claimed to secretly be a Notre Dame Fighting Irish footbal fan. Shifting loyalties? No problem!

I ASSume that a Melmutant is simply a mutant on the planet Melmac. And the studs on his soles really should've been retractable.

For any non-American readers and/or non-US football fans, the Michigan Wolverines is an actual college football team in the USA.

Further details on the Melmacian alien species (according to the ALF television show) can be found on a Melmac fansite.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Michigan Wolverine has no known connections to:


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ALF#22/1, p5, pan4 (main image)
   p6, pan3 (headshot)


Appearances:
ALF#22/1 (mid-November, 1989) - Michael Gallagher (writer), Dave Manak (pencils), Marie Severin (inks), Sid Jacobson (editor)
ALF Holiday Special#2/5 (Winter, 1990) - Michael Gallagher (writer), Dave Manak (pencils), Marie Severin (inks), Sid Jacobson (editor)
ALF#44 (August, 1991) - Michael Gallagher (writer), Dave Manak (pencils), Marie Severin, Michael James & Ruth Leon (inks), Fabian Nicieza (editor)


First Posted: 10/16/2019
Last updated: 10/16/2019

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