Co-creator of Wolverine and Swamp Thing, Len Wein died on Sunday at the age of 69. Wein worked as an artist and editor, but he was known for his writing, having written classic characters, including Daredevil, Flash, Superman, Spider-Man, Batman and the Hulk.
Wein was born in New York in 1948, he longed to become a comic artist, regularly visiting DC Comics’ offices with friend – and eventually fellow writer – Marv Wolfman. DC editor Joe Orlando at last gave them both their first freelance work in 1968.
Wein worked for DC until the early 1970s switching mainly to scripting. There, with artists John Romita Sr and Herb Trimpe, Wein created the character Wolverine, who debuted in an issue of the Incredible Hulk.
Wolverine later became a mainstay of the Marvel Universe when Wein and artist Dave Cockrum revamped the X-Men, a super-team originally created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the 1960s.
Marvel comic writer Brian Michael Bendis wrote: “Len Wein, co-creator of Wolverine and Swamp Thing and more responsible for the X-Men you love than he gets credit for. Thank you”, adding: “He was VERY kind to me when I first started at Marvel. Encouraging and shiny. Sadly, not all his peers are. He was inspiring.”
Actor Hugh Jackman, who portrayed Wein’s creation Wolverine on screen wrote: “Blessed to have known Len Wein. I first met him in 2008. I told him – from his heart, mind & hands came the greatest character in comics.”