Hall of Famer Len Wein has passed away at age 69.
Wein was a mainstay of comics from the 70s on, co-creating Swamp Thing with Bernie Wrightson, creating countless characters at Marvel, such as Wolverine, and writing some of the most memorable tales of the Bronze Age.
Wein grew up with his fellow fan Marv Wolfman and they were early comics fanzine editors and came up together as part of a new generation that reinvigorated comics in the 70s. He was briefly the editor in chief at Marvel in the 70s, as well. He took the title up again for a run at Disney Comics in the early 90s.
Len was one of a kind; infuriating, inspiring, unforgettable. There will countless Len stories over the next few days. I worked for him for a few years at Disney Comics, and learning from his wit and story sense was invaluable. Len had nearly died as a child from a freakish blood infection, and perhaps because of that had a relish for life and laughter that was infectious and never-ending. Even in recent years when his health took a very bad turn he was still laughing and enjoying conventions and friends.
I’m losing a lot of friends this year. Len is a tough one. My heart goes out to Christine Valada, his wife, and his stepson, Michael and the rest of his friends and family.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.