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Laren Farmer
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Posted: 10 September 2017 at 6:13pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Very sad.
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Adam Schulman
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Posted: 10 September 2017 at 6:14pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

My lord. This is completely unexpected. I'll have to look up the details. Quite the loss. So soon after Bernie Wrightson. Tragic.
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Rod Collins
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Posted: 10 September 2017 at 6:23pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Sad to hear.

Great writer and influential editor.
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Paul Go
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Posted: 10 September 2017 at 6:30pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I loved his work.  Sad.
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Kevin Brown
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Posted: 10 September 2017 at 6:33pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I'm at a loss for words.  

My condolences to his family.
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Shaun Barry
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Very, very sad news... a strong case could be made of Len Wein easily being in the Top 10 as one of most influential comic book writers in the business.

RIP



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Jim Petersman
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Posted: 10 September 2017 at 6:39pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I hope his passing was an easy one and that he knew how appreciated he was.
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Eric Smearman
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Posted: 10 September 2017 at 6:42pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Since learning of his passing, I've been thinking about how many
comics he wrote that I loved. The list is long. Really long.
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Posted: 10 September 2017 at 6:49pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

His death is noted on the IMDb. Appropriate. Comics are being taken more seriously than not so long ago, and Len's work laid much of the groundwork for that.
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Paul Kimball
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It's funny how certain books stay with you. I don't know why I loved it so much
but as a kid I must've re-read this issue literally a hundred times. Mr. Wein
gave me a lot pleasure.
http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Batman_Vol_1_307
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Jason Larouse
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His death is noted on the IMDb. Appropriate. Comics are being taken more seriously than not so long ago, and Len's work laid much of the groundwork for that.

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He was also in at least one X-Men movie



Edited by Jason Larouse on 10 September 2017 at 7:33pm
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Geoff Gibson
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Posted: 10 September 2017 at 7:38pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Very sad to see this. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this
sad time. His was a name that invariably guaranteed a good time
reading comics!
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Brian Miller
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Oh no. So sorry to hear this. He seemed like he could write just about any character well. A true legend. 
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Matthew Chartrand
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  Sad news. He will be remembered.
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Jason Czeskleba
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So sad to lose both Len and Berni Wrightson in the same year.  Swamp Thing is among my all-time favorites. 

If I were to list the five most important comics of my childhood (in terms of making me fall in love with the medium and the characters) Justice League #101 would certainly be on that list.  Len managed to juggle sixteen characters in that issue, and most of them had a chance to shine, display their unique personalities, and demonstrate why they were special.  This issue was also my first introduction to the concept of parallel earths, and I loved the idea.  I used to spend hours drawing the individual characters from this issue, none of whom (aside from Superman and Batman) had been familiar to me before I read the story.

Looking back as an adult, perhaps the most remarkable thing is that this issue was the second part of a three-part story featuring about three dozen characters total, and it dealt with parallel earths, yet I was not the least bit confused by it.  And I was five.  Truly a master class in storytelling.

Here's my favorite scene from the issue.  "Give me a minute to think."  Len sure as hell knew how to write Batman:


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Steven Myers
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I can't say anything about him everyone doesn't already know. But I did ask him a question at a panel once! He was a really nice guy. 
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Eric Jansen
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I was 9 years old and I loved this comic.  Mr. Wein may have made me cry.  I took note of who wrote it and I never forgot.
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Rick Whiting
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Posted: 10 September 2017 at 9:22pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Very sad news. My condolences to his family and friends. RIP.
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John Cole
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Posted: 10 September 2017 at 9:41pm | IP Logged | 19 post reply

RIP
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Stephen Churay
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There has been many writers that can
balance a story as well as Len Wein could.
He seemed to understand how to serve his
artists as well. As comic writers go, he
makes my top three.

He's been very open about his health
issues but it doesn't make this any
easier. I'm crushed, just absolutely
crushed by his passing.
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Mike Norris
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Posted: 10 September 2017 at 11:24pm | IP Logged | 21 post reply

The appearance of DC's Cain was modeled on Len Wein. 
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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 10 September 2017 at 11:43pm | IP Logged | 22 post reply

Oh, wow, this is a major drag. One of the all-time greats. I was just thinking about his INCREDIBLE HULK run, the other day. 

He also wrote THE UNTOLD LEGEND OF THE BATMAN mini, which is still my favorite take on Batman's origin and whatnot, since it pulled together all of the bits and pieces pre-CRISIS lore and weaved them into a coherent and entertaining whole.

A very talented and influential writer and editor.
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Mike Norris
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 11 September 2017 at 12:08am | IP Logged | 24 post reply

Love that short story,the art is brilliant and the use
of cliche is genius.
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Jani Evinen
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Posted: 11 September 2017 at 12:29am | IP Logged | 25 post reply

Very sad to hear this.
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