Word of the Nerd is sad to report that legendary comic book writer and editor Len Wein passed away on Sunday 10 September. He was 69 years old.
Len Wein’s Contributions to Comic Books
Len Wein is best known for co-creating several of the most well known comic book characters: including Colossus, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Swamp Thing, and Storm. Most of these characters have become known outside the comic book world in the last thirty years, due to 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise (including last year’s Deadpool, which Colossus was in). He was also the editor of the notable comic Watchmen, which was adapted into a film in 2009. However, these are not his sole contributions to the genre.
Len Wein served as the chief editor for the short-lived company Disney Comics from about 1990 to 1993 and chief editor for Marvel Comics from 1974-5. In addition, Wein wrote on an almost countless number of comics series, including Detective Comics, The Amazing Spider-man, Green Lantern, Fantastic Four, The Defenders and many others. He also worked on several animated television series that related to comic book series including such titles as Spiderman, X-Men, ReBoot, and Pocket Dragon Adventures. This is by no means the full list of what Len Wein achieved. If you go to Len Wein’s Wikipedia page, his bibliography has to be formatted in three columns just to fit it all without making the article too long. He was an incredibly prolific creator and he will be missed enormously by everyone who loves comic books.
Tragically, his house was destroyed in a fire in 2009, killing his pet dog Sheba and destroying irreplaceable artwork that he spent his whole life collecting.
Len Wein was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2008.
Rest in peace Len Wein. Thank you so much for your contributions to comics.