Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Len Wein, 1948-2017, R.I.P. ~~ A "Comical Wednesday" Post

So, once again I must postpone my article about the infamous "Superboy Meets Bonnie and Clyde" story from Superboy #149...

I was shocked last Monday, when I read that comics' legendary writer/editor Len Wein had died at the age of sixty-nine.

In a close-to-fifty-year career, Len wrote countless stories, and edited countless stories as well.

Wein started at DC Comics in the late 1960s, one of the earliest of the comic book fans to break into the ranks of the comic professionals. Over the years, he left DC for Marvel, and then returned to DC years later. He also worked for Gold Key, Skywald, Comico, Eclipse Comics, Disney Comics, Dark Horse, Defiant Comics, Penny-Farthing Press, and Bongo Comics!

(And now, just for the hell of it, I'm going to reprint images of the original art from some pages Len wrote or edited. And no, fellow babies, these scans do not come from my private collection... so no use finding out where I live, just so you can steal 'em!)

Most notably, he co-created DC's Swamp Thing with artist Bernie Wrightson.

Len co-created Wolverine with artist John Romita, Sr., who was Marvel's art director at the time. Artist Herb Trimpe, often credited as being one of Wolverine's co-creators, said that he was merely the first artist to utilize the character in Wolvie's first three stories, published in The Incredible Hulk #180-182.

In 1975, with artist Dave Cockrum, Wein re-vamped Marvel's relatively unpopular team, the X-Men, into the so-called new X-Men in 1975's Giant-Size X-Men #1, and began the series that made them the huge hit that they've been for roughly forty years.

Among numerous other series, he edited Camelot 3000 for DC Comics...

...the Marv Wolfman/George Perez series, The New Teen Titans...

...and DC's Watchmen as well.

And, as I implied above, that's only the tip of the proverbial iceberg!

By the way, since I never met the man, I highly recommend that you click here for a terrific (and brief) anecdote by someone who did, his friend Mark Evanier.

R.I.P., Len.

Thanks for your time.


  1. Knew he'd be up when I saw he passed. Wolverine sure isn't too shabby a legacy to leave behind.

    1. Right. And evidently, Wolverine was only supposed to be just another Hulk villain, but Wein brought him back and put him in the X-Men, and look what happened.

  2. As a huge Swamp Thing fan this was sad news when I heard. The man has quite a legacy to leave behind though. Life gets us all in the end. I just hope to accomplish even half of what he did.

    1. He had an incredible list of credits, that's for sure. I always hate doing these tributes, because I have to omit so much!

  3. I'm sorry one of your heroes died, but I still want Bonnie and Clyde.


    1. It's scheduled for next Wednesday. Let's hope no other comic book professional dies!

  4. This sure is the tip of the iceberg. Sigh. Why is he gone, too?

    1. It was pretty hard deciding what should be mentioned out of a five-decade career, that's for sure.


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