Metropolis, Illinois, has a 15-foot-tall statue of Superman, Detroit will (eventually?) unveil a 10 foot bronze rendition of RoboCop and one day Edmonton, Alberta, could have life size tribute to Wolverine. Well, that’s the goal a new online petition is trying to achieve. Yes, I know, frivolous online petitions are so 2013, but seeing as the insanely popular Marvel character was reportedly born in the Canadian province and is currently set to die in the comics some time soon, it’s not a stretch to say it might be well timed and even more well deserved.
As the man who started the campaign, Jesse Seitz, puts it “Not many popular or exciting fictional characters are born Canadian, but superhero and adventurer Wolverine isn’t just Canadian, he’s an Albertan too, I think it would make a lot of people really proud to live in Edmonton and raise morale to erect a life size statue of this character in City Hall, or even perhaps Churchill Square or the Alberta Legislature Grounds.” Other commenters on the petition call the character a symbol of pride and strength and that the statue would be an instant tourist attraction for the city.
The petition, which at the time of this writing was nearing 2000 signatures reads as follows:
City Council/Mayor Don Iveson
Please consider the opinions of the citizens who have signed this petition towards the creation of a life sized Wolverine statue to be placed somewhere in this great city of Edmonton to be viewed by all who live here and visit, as Wolverine is a Canadian and Albertan symbol of strength, perseverance in the face of tragedy, and overall heroics.
Should one of the largest cities in Canada raise a statue celebrating one of the most popular characters in comics? Hell yes! Saying that Logan is popular is an understatement and if the campaign can garner the 100,000 signatures needed I’d say the project should be fast tracked. Not just for civic pride but for a little boost in tourism. Let’s remember that X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Catwoman of Marvel movies, made over $373 million worldwide so clearly Wolverine fans will put money down even if it isn’t the best of ideas. If Edmonton can claim the city as the birthplace of the fictional mutant more power to them. Riverside, Iowa, claims to be the (future) birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk, so why they hell not.
Personally, I think every city should pick a fictional character to celebrate. In fact, where I live (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) is not only the real life birth place of the greatest wrestler of all time, Rowdy Roddy Piper, but also the home of Alpha Flights Puck. I’ve already taken the liberty of making a mock up of what it’d look like too.
All right cities of the world, start picking who your going to build a statue of, but hurry before you’re stuck with Matter-Eater Lad.