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Len Wein
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    (June 12, 1948-September 10, 2017)
    Born in New York City, New York
    Comic book writer/editor
    Wrote for ‘Swamp Thing’ (1971-74), ‘Justice League of America’ (1972-74,2009), ‘The Incredible Hulk’ (1974-77), ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ (1975-78), ‘Thor’ (1975-78), ‘Iron Man’ (1976), ‘Fantastic Four’ (1977-78), and ‘Wonder Woman’ (1987-88)
    Editor for ‘Justice League of America’ (1979-84), ‘The Flash’ (1979-82), ‘Wonder Woman’ (1979-82), ‘The New Teen Titans’ (1980-83), ‘Saga of the Swamp Thing’ (1982-84), and ‘Watchmen’ (1986-87)
    Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics (1974-75)
    Co-creator of the characters Swamp Thing, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Storm and Colossus
    Inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame (2008)
    As a teen, he took the public tour of DC Comics’ offices once a month.
    He originally wanted to be an artist before shifting to writing comics.
    He created Wolverine when a Marvel editor noted his knack for accents and told him to come up with a Canadian superhero; he later said about the first story, ‘I actually did a lousy Canadian accent. I thought he ended up sounding more Australian.’
    Fellow comic book writer Tom King called him a ‘nerd’s nerd.’
    Longtime ‘X-Men’ writer Chris Claremont observed, ‘The history of modern comics would be incredibly different if you took [Wein's] contributions out of the mix. The fact he doesn't get credit for it half the time is disgraceful.’
    Neil Gaiman said, ‘He showed 12-year-old me that comics could be literature.’
    He coined Len’s Law: ‘In comics, no one is ever really dead unless you can see the body… and usually not even then.’
    Much of his artwork, his awards, and his dog Sheba were lost in a house fire caused by a faulty heater (2009).

Credit: C. Fishel


 
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