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Petter Myhr Ness
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Posted: 11 September 2017 at 1:01am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Incredibly sad news. Len Wein was a giant. A huge loss for the comic book community. My condolences to his family and friends.
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Mario Ribeiro
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Love that Once Upon a Time story too, and of course...



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Marc M. Woolman
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One of my absolute favourites, such a
loss.
RIP.
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Vinny Valenti
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 Greg Kirkman wrote:
He also wrote THE UNTOLD LEGEND OF THE BATMAN mini

Thanks, Greg - I was wracking my brain trying to think of where JB and Len had worked together. I believe that was the only time.

On another note, I'm thinking about BATMAN/HULK, and how in the tradition of Hulk calling Nighthawk "Bird Man" and Dr. Strange "Magician", he calls Batman...."Bat Man!" Simple, but brilliant.


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I was very charmed to learn, through JB's "Big Enilwen" character from She-Hulk, that the man who created Wolverine, one of the darkest, most violent of all super heroes, also collected teddy bears. Sounds like a well-rounded human being. Condolences to the people who loved him, which seems like just about everyone.
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Quite the legacy. Sad to hear the news.
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Andrew Bitner
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He's one of those on a short list whose impact on comics is far greater than casual readers might imagine. Beyond creating Swamp Thing and Wolverine (not to mention several of the All-New X-Men), he was a brilliant editor and mentor to many.

Comics as a whole owes him a huge debt of thanks.
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Very sad news. Len was truly a "comic man" if such a title exist. He enriched, created and influenced the comic industry.
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Gundars Berzins
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Also one of my favorites, sad news a loss indeed. RIP.

 
A really nice interview with Len.


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Loved his work. Sad news.
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Larry Gil
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Such a range of great storytelling. Very shocking and sad news.
RIP
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James Best
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Co-created Wolverine and edited both Swamp Thing and Watchmen.

The angels have a new storyteller in their midst. I hope they are grateful.

Rest In Peace.

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Michael Casselman
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His work shaped my formative years as a comic reader. I can't imagine never having read and loved his Justice League, Batman or other DC work that I read either off-the-rack, in my earliest found back-issues or in a digest comic. One of the first names I came to recognize as I scanned story credits.
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So sad to hear about Len's passing. I started paying attention to the credit boxes around the mid-70s, and I noticed that so many of the comics I enjoyed over the next several years were written by Len. RIP.
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Co-created Wolverine and edited both Swamp Thing and Watchmen.

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He co-created Swamp Thing, with Bernie Wrightson, and the new X-Men with Dave Cockrum.

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So sorry to hear of this news.  My deepest condolences to Len Wein's family and friends.  Len Wein was a big favorite of mine (although I didn't know it for many years!!).

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Huge fan of his work, particularly since one of his stories ('Dark Messenger of Mercy, BATMAN # 307) was among the first comics I remember reading, at age 4. Shortly after leaving that title in 1980, he began editing books for DC, returning to JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, for a strong run highlighted by George Perez's too-short stint as artist, following Dick Dillin's death.
Highlights of that era included the three classic early-80s JLA-JSA team-ups(and, yeah, the 1983 stinker);the epic two-parter featuring Starro, the team-up with Jonah Hex and other western heroes, and, of course, the 'jam' in # 200. Wein also took time to write the series' first Annual, featuring Dr. Destiny, with guest-shots by John 'GL' Stewart and the 70s version of Sandman. 
The early 80s was 'my' ear for the Justice League, and Wein was as much a part of that as editor as he'd been as writer a decade earlier.
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Like a lot of you, Len was all over my personal "golden
years" of comic reading, so this is a really tough one.
Condolences to his family and friends.
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Very nice story about Len: News from ME.
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I was glad that NPR recognized Mr. Wein:

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So, I was out to a comic show on the weekend and purchased some comics from the $2 bins, almost all from the early 1970s. One was Korak, son of Tarzan, volume 8, issue no. 46, from May-June 1972 and was the first DC issue. I am sure I owned it new back in '72 and certainly recognized it when I saw the Joe Kubert cover and the interiors were stories I had read and seen before. The Korak story was drawn by Frank Thorne, the Carson of Venus story was by Mike Kaluta and the final story of Pellucidar was drawn by Alan Weiss. All 3 stories were written by Len Wein.





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I was glad that NPR recognized Mr. Wein:

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Quite pleased to hear this yesterday on the drive home. 
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Fabrice Renault
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Really sad.
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Link: http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/why-len-wein-felt-a-close-bond- to-his-most-iconic-creations-wolverine-and-swamp-thing

In a way, it’s ironic to think that some of the most powerful characters we’ve ever rooted for were inspired by health issues that rendered their creator, Len Wein, physically sapped of power. But according to Wein’s wife, Christine Valada, that’s exactly how the comic legend’s most well-known creations came to be.  

"Most people don't know exactly how sick Len was throughout his life," Valada (shown above with Wein and Hugh Jackman at SDCC 2008) told The Hollywood Reporter, after Wein passed away on Sunday. "He was in and out of the hospital since he was three years old. And I have always felt his characters reflected a lot of what he went through. Swamp Thing was a reflection of this body that didn't work for him. But then there was that healing factor of Wolverine, which kept getting him through it."

How cool is that? Instead of laying down and letting what ailed him derail him, Wein used it as fuel to energize his own creative powers. By finding power in weakness, Wein created some of our most beloved comic characters.

Interestingly, out of all the creations that Wein is known for – including those above and Storm, Colossus, and, Nightcrawler – the one who proved to be the most profitable was more of supporting player than a series anchor. Granted, that ensemble member was Lucius Fox, played by Morgan Freeman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, which made a gazillion dollars.

With Batman being Wein’s “No. 1 comic hero,” it seems appropriate those films would help him attain some financial comfort. Although Valada, a lawyer specializing in creators' rights, made it clear that once comic book movies started catching on big time in the early 2000s, such compensation wasn’t always so easily forthcoming, particularly on Marvel’s end.

But in the end, "[Wein] was always like, 'I know what I have done and the people who know me know what I have done.'"

And so do we, Len. So do we.

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Grew up reading many, many of his books, starting with the second comic I would ever own, The Incredible Hulk #202. I regret I never met the man to add his signature to this cherished book...



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