It’s never easy to write something in memormium, what else can you say that hundreds of others have not said? What could I say about a man who I only met once, when his former coworkers, friends, and family have already laid out his legacy? Those were the thought’s running in my head as I wrote this blog. Len Wein isn’t a name that the mainstream might not recognize, but he’s just as important to this industry as Jack Kirby.
I’m going to say it right now, but without Len Wein they’re would be no modern day X-Men. Yes Stan Lee and Jack Kirby original created the five teenage mutants in 1963 and Chris Claremont and John Byrne would define the X-Men for the next several decades, it all really starts with Giant Sized X-Men #1. The introductions of extremely diverse cast of characters and a bombastic story that would launch the X-Men into popularity they had never seen before. It was also my first issue of any X-Men comic (I still have my copy), and I remember reading it for days, it was the day that I became a fan of the X-Men.
On a relatively newer note, I deeply want to thank Len Wein for his co creation of The Swamp Thing. I’m ashamed to admit this, but I didn’t know that Swamp Thing was part of the stable of DC characters until Alec Holland was revived in 2010. Because of my interest why the internet was all in a flurry as to find out about Swamp Thing. What I discovered was one of the bigger tragedies in the world of superhero comics, it’s on the same level of Ben Grimm’s transformation but much worse. I’m just really happy that Len Wein got one last chance to write Swamp Thing before his passing.
Thank you Len Wein for you wonderful creations and contributions to the world of comics. You will be missed, and my condolences to your family. Rest in Piece Len Wein.