Len Wein, Co-Creator Of Wolverine And Swamp Thing, Has Passed Away
11 September, 2017, 15:14 | Author: Christian Benson
He received praise for his work on The Teen Titans and co-created Swamp Thing with artist Bernie Wrightson, which became one of DC's most iconic characters.
Were this all Wein had done for superhero fiction his would have been a career well spent. Along with artist Dave Cockrum, Wein shook up Uncanny X-Men in May of 1975 with the issue, Giant Size X-Men #1 where he introduced a number of mutants including Colossus, Storm, Nightcrawler and Thunderbird, giving that title a new renaissance of stories.
It is with deep sorrow that DC Entertainment mourns the passing of writer and editor Len Wein, a dear friend and longtime contributor to the company. He also edited some of DC's most acclaimed titles, including Alan Moore's seminal Watchmen series.
From there, Wein's star continued to rise, with DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson noting in a statement that "there's hardly a facet of DC's world that Len didn't touch" and that he "wrote or edited nearly every major DC character" over the years.
Over his almost fifty years in comics, he wrote thousands of comics stories and edited hundreds more for DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, IDW, and Disney Comics, where he served as Editor-In-Chief. "And I will miss him".
All of those credits earned him several awards, including the Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Award in 1982 for Best Editor, two Shazam awards for Swamp Thing, and he was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall Of Fame in 2008. "My love and condolences to his wife, @mcvalada", Neil Gaiman wrote.
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"Blessed to have known Len Wein". He showed 12 year old me that comics could be literature.
After a well regarded run writing for Justice League of America Wein co-created another hero - along with artist Carmine Infantino he created Human Target, another character so popular that he's had two TV series and also recently appeared on Arrow. SYFY WIRE sends honest condolences to his widow, family and friends.
The writer got his start in the industry by sending #DC Comics his sample superhero stories, which impressed the editor at the time, Joe Orlando.
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Rest in peace, Len, and thank you for the wonderful characters. During his extended stay at Marvel Comics (including a year as editor-in-chief), Wein took a shot at writing many of Marvel's flagship books, including long (and fan favorite) runs on Marvel Team-Up and Amazing Spider-Man.
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