Len Wein was a comic book writer and editor best known for co-creating DC Comics’ Swamp Thing and Marvel Comics’ Wolverine, and for helping revive the Marvel superhero team the X-Men (including the co-creation of Nightcrawler, Storm, and Colossus). Additionally, he was the editor for writer Alan Moore and illustrator Dave Gibbons’ influential DC miniseries Watchmen.

DC editor Joe Orlando hired both Marv Wolfman and Lein Wein as freelance writers. Wein’s first professional comics story was “Eye of the Beholder” in DC’s Teen Titans No. 18 (Dec. 1968), for which they co-created Red Star, the DC Universe’s first official Russian superhero.

Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson created the horror character Swamp Thing in The House of Secrets No. 92 (July 1971). Over the next several decades, Swamp Thing would star in DC series and miniseries – including an initial 1972–76 series begun by Wein and Wrightson, and the mid-1980s Saga of the Swamp Thing, edited by Wein and featuring early work by writer Alan Moore, as well as two theatrical films, and a syndicated television series.

Wein co-created the Human Target with artist Carmine Infantino and wrote the character’s appearances as a backup feature in Action ComicsDetective Comics, and The Brave and the Bold. The character was adapted into a short-lived ABC television series starring Rick Springfield which debuted in July 1992, and was briefly revived in 2010 for a two-season series on Fox that starred Mark Valley, Chi McBride, and Jackie Earle Haley.

Len Wein was ask to create a character Wolverine, who is Canadian and of small stature and with a wolverine’s fierce temper. John Romita, Sr. designed the first Wolverine costume, and introduced the retractable claws. Wolverine first appeared in the final “teaser” panel of The Incredible Hulk #180 (cover-dated Oct. 1974) written by Wein and penciled by Herb Trimpe before making his first major appearance in The Incredible Hulk #181 (Nov. 1974) by the Wein and Trimpe.

In 1975, Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum revived the X-Men after a half-decade’s hiatus, reformatting the membership in Giant-Size X-Men No. 1 (May 1975). They added Wolverine and created Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossus, and Thunderbird. Wein plotted the early “new X-Men” stories with artist Cockrum. These issues were then scripted as Uncanny X-Men No. 94 and 95 by Chris Claremont, who subsequently developed the title into one of Marvel’s leading franchises as well as a huge movie franchise for 20th Century Fox.

Wein underwent quintuple bypass heart surgery on February 10, 2015. He died on September 10, 2017.

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Len Wein was a comic book writer and editor best known for co-creating DC Comics' Swamp Thing and Marvel Comics' Wolverine, and for helping revive the Marvel superhero team the X-Men (including the co-creation of Nightcrawler, Storm, and Colossus). Additionally, he was the editor for writer Alan Moore and illustrator Dave Gibbons' influential DC miniseries Watchmen. DC editor Joe Orlando hired both Marv Wolfman and Lein Wein as freelance...