I love it when a character starts off slowly then eventually finds their purpose. Sabretooth is just one of those characters. Much like Groot or Rocket Racoon, who anyone hardly knew about until they became members of The Guardians of the Galaxy, Sabretooth didn't find his way until Wolverine gave him purpose.
After all, how many of you actually knew the first appearance of Sabretooth was in an Iron Fist comic? Issue # 14 to be exact.
While researching this post, I came across an incredibly detailed article about his back story and how it developed in parallel with Logan's. Yet, in the middle of this article, there was a single line mentioning that "He fought against the martial artist Iron Fist". I was blow away by how nonchalantly this statement was made.
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It highlights just how unimportant this encounter was to the development of this Villain other than being his comic debut. I guess this goes to show you that the 1st appearance of a character may not be that big of a deal at the time, but you never know what creative minds will do with them in the future.
If you look below, you might still find there are good deals to be had on Iron Fist #14. Who knows where he might go next. I just wish I had picked this one up when it was in the 25 cent bin.
Sabretooth (Victor Creed)
Created by writer Chris Claremont and artist/co-writer John Byrne,
Sabretooth first appeared in Iron Fist #14 (Aug. 1977).
Originally Published: Sep 11, 2008 @ 9:30pm