Another industry legend has gone. It’s being reported that Len Wein has passed away.
Wein had been having medical issues for some time, including having heart surgery back in 2015. It’s unkown at this time what the cause was, but no matter what, the world has lost a great creative force.
Over the years, Wein had created multiple characters for DC Comics, most notably Swamp Thing (along with Bernie Wrightson) and Lucius Fox. He also wrote the classic, kind of insane but all around excellent The Untold Legend of the Batman, and served as editor on some of DC’s biggest books, including Batman and the Outsiders, The New Teen Titans, and Watchmen. Over at Marvel, he co-created Wolverine with John Romita, Sr. and Herb Trimpe. Most recently, Wein teamed up with equally-legendary illustrator José Luis García-López on a comic adaptation of Harlan Ellison’s unused Two-Face script for the Sixties Batman series, as well as returning to Swamp Thing for a 2016 miniseries with artist Kelley Jones.
Wein was 69.
After my 1st Batman, I was struggling. Hated my stuff. Len wrote a note, said he loved the issue. Gave me the confidence to keep going.
— Tom King (@TomKingTK) September 10, 2017
Extremely saddened to hear of Len Wein's passing. Incredible writer, incredible person. Thank you Len for all you gave to us. RIP
— Scott Snyder (@Ssnyder1835) September 10, 2017
I just choked realizing that Len Wein won't see what I do with Swamp Thing.
— Greg Capullo (@GregCapullo) September 10, 2017
One of the industry's best writers.
One of the industry's best editors.
One of the industry's best people.
— Fabian Nicieza (@FabianNicieza) September 10, 2017
Just heard about the passing of Len Wein. Heartbreaking. A person I never met who helped shape my childhood and made every day since richer.
— Matthew Rosenberg (@AshcanPress) September 10, 2017
Rest in peace and thank you so much, Len Wein. pic.twitter.com/ULLXr1CCJV
— Greg Pak (@gregpak) September 10, 2017
Very sad to hear about the passing of Len Wein. Writer and editor and nice guy. Nobody had a better track record in the 70s than Len.
— Tom Brevoort (@TomBrevoort) September 10, 2017
No no no no. Len Wein passed away?! I knew he was in and out of surgery, this is just terrible news. What a loss for the comics industry.
— Julie Benson (@TheJulieBenson) September 10, 2017
Len Wein created, wrote, or edited some of the most enduring characters and stories in comics. Important, influential, popular work. RIP.
— Andy Khouri (@andykhouri) September 10, 2017
Comics lost one of its true greats today. RIP, Len Wein.
— Mitch Gerads (@MitchGerads) September 10, 2017
Co-created Wolverine & the new X-men. Co-kickstarted the modern comic book era with its most powerful metaphor. And more. RIP Len Wein. pic.twitter.com/TSiWChvfdI
— Joss Whedon (@joss) September 10, 2017