Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Len Wein Dies: Co-Creator of Wolverine And Swamp Thing Was 69

Len Wein Dies: Co-Creator of Wolverine And Swamp Thing Was 69

Legendary comic book writer Len Wein has died aged 69. A cause of death has not been given. By the end of the decade, though, a dispute resulted in Wein leaving Marvel for DC.

"Len Wein was one of the most welcoming people and legends in comics from the moment I joined DC eight years ago", wrote Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment. He wrote or edited nearly every major DC character - there's hardly a facet of DC's world that Len didn't touch. I first met him in 2008.

"Not every writer can be a good editor", said Geoff Johns, president and CCO of DC Entertainment. "He helped to revitalize the entire DC Universe". Most recently he had undergone surgery for an abscess on one of his heel bones. "What a loss for the comics industry". His connection to DC Comics goes back to the early 1960s when he and his friend (and future collaborator) Marv Wolfman would take a tour of the DC offices that was offered once a week. Thankfully, he found great success there. He co-created Wolverine & Swamp Thing, both of which gave me a living as a writer & endless pleasure as a reader.

Wein had a huge influence on the industry, co-creating Swamp Thing, Wolverine, Colossus, Nightcrawler, and Storm. Along with editor Roy Thomas and artists John Romita Sr. and Herb Trimpe, Wein crafted the brawling antihero in 1974 during his storied run as writer of The Incredible Hulk.

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Wein also worked as an editor on many titles, including groundbreaking DC series Watchmen and Camelot 3000. 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. That comic would turn out to be one of the most important single issues in the history of superhero comics - prior to 1975, the X-Men had been a low-selling, unpopular title that been effectively cancelled in 1970.

As a longtime comic book fan, it's sad to know such an fantastic talent is gone, but it's incredible to see this kind of support. It's no stretch to say that a comic fan of the 1970s would be hard-pressed to gaze at selection of comics on the rack in that era and not see Wein's unique championing on their favourite characters-as well as brand-new heroes and villains from his incredible imagination.

He is survived by his wife, Christine Valada. We offer our condolences to his family and friends during this hard time.

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