In Memory Of Len Wein - The Comic Book Giant Who Was Overlooked

  • In Memory Of Len Wein - The Comic Book Giant Who Was Overlooked

In Memory Of Len Wein - The Comic Book Giant Who Was Overlooked

While Swamp Thing was the character that horror fans loved, Wein also co-created well known X-Men character such as Wolverine, Storm, Colossus and Nightcrawler. He is credited with reviving the X-Men with artist Dave Cockrum.

Len Wein. The fanboy made good, made legend.

Gaiman added in another tweet: 'He showed 12 year old me that comics could be literature'. That recruiting effort was another game-changer for comics, as it launched the American career of Moore, often regarded as the greatest comic-book writer of all time. By the end of the decade, though, a dispute resulted in Wein leaving Marvel for DC. Len's success in comics arrived quickly. Across the street, Wein held the position of Editor-in-Chief at Marvel Comics for more than a year while simultaneously working as a comic writer there.

Wein is responsible for some works from DC Comics that are near to my heart. Co-kickstarted the modern comic book era with its most powerful metaphor. I first met him in 2008. Len Wein helped relaunch and re-popularize the X-Men for Marvel Comics and did tons of memorable work with the publisher over the years.

"When I first created Wolverine, I created him as a Canadian mutant specifically so that whoever ended up with the assignment of writing the new X-Men book, should it ever occur, would have a Canadian mutant handy if he wanted him", Wein said during an interview for the 2013 PBS documentary miniseries Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle.

Tributes have been posted online from people in the comic book industry and beyond.

While at DC he would create the characters of Swamp Thing - later expanded upon and popularized by Alan Moore - and Wayne Enterprise executive Lucius Fox. In the '70s, he began writing for Marvel Comics and co-created a character with a significantly larger impact: Wolverine.

Joss Whedon, who is now finishing up Justice League and directed both The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, also took to Twitter to share some thoughts on Len Wein. Word first broke on social media posts from his colleagues and peers, but further details about Wein's death are now unknown.

He is survived by his wife, Christine Valada. To his family, friends and loved ones, we send our most honest condolences for the immeasurable loss they have suffered.