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Len Wein, Co-Creator of Wolverine and Swamp Thing, 1948 – 2017

by on September 13, 2017

Variety has reported that comic book writer Len Wein passed away Sunday at the age of 69. His cause of death at this time is unknown.

Wein was born in New York City and started freelancing at DC Comics. The first comic he wrote was Teen Titans #18. Later on, he went to Marvel Comics where he wrote for The Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, and Thor. He spent most of his career writing for both Marvel and DC.

In 1974, Wein co-created the popular mutant Wolverine along with Amazing Spider-Man artist John Romita Sr., in issue #181 of The Incredible Hulk. A year later he wrote the first issue of Giant-Size X-Men which revived the X-Men comic and created a new team that includes Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, Banshee, Thunderbird, Nightcrawler and Sunfire.

Wein was also the creator of the DC Comics character Lucius Fox in issue #307 of Batman, and the character Swamp Thing in House of Secrets #92 along with the late Bernie Wrightson. He was also the editor of Alan Moore’s classic groundbreaking comic Watchmen.

Wein also wrote for several cartoons like Spider-Man, X-Men, The Transformers, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Street Fighter, Ben 10: Alien Force, and Batman: The Animated Series.

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