LEN WEIN Passes Away At 69

Giant-Size X-Men #1
Credit: Gil Kane/Dave Cockrum/Danny Crespi (Marvel Comics)
Credit: DC Comics

Len Wein passed away this weekend following an extended hospital stay, according to multiple sources including Brian Michael Bendis and Kurt Busiek.

Wein is best known as the co-creator of Wolverine, Swamp Thing, Storm, Nightcrawler, and several other characters.

Len Wein was born in New York City on June 12, 1948. After being introduced to comics while in a hospital stay at age 7, Wein began his love for comics as a reader and a creator. Wein, along with long-time friend Marv Wolfman, was active in the 1960s fanzine community as a writer and and artist.

Wein's first professional comics work was 1968's Teen Titans #18, for which he co-created the original Starfire (now known as Red Star), and went on to have runs on Justice League of America, The Incredible Hulk, Amazing Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, Fantastic Four, New Teen Titans, and more. Arguably his most iconic was revamping the X-Men title in 1975 with Dave Cockrum in Giant-Size X-Men #1, later passing the reins to Chris Claremont.

In addition to writing, Wein also served as Marvel's Editor-In-Chief in 1974, a DC editor on titles such as Watchmen and Camelot 3000, and editing Disney Comics in the early 1990s.

Wein is survived by his wife, Christine Valada, and several children.

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