Comic-Autor Len Wein ist im Alter von 69 Jahren gestorben.
Der Mann hatte in den 70ern die X-Men relauncht und erfand dafür einige der bekanntesten Charaktere, unter anderem Storm und Nightcrawler, und während seiner Zeit als Hulk-Autor erfand er den heutigen Marvel-Juggernaut Wolverine. Mit dem jüngst verstorbenen Bernie Wrightson erschuf er das Swamp Thing, für das er dann später einen damals noch jungen Comic-Autoren anheuerte – Alan Moore – und mit genau dem arbeitete er dann auch später an den Watchmen zusammen.
Switching mainly to scripting, Wein worked for DC until the early 1970s, when he moved to Marvel. There, with artists John Romita Sr and Herb Trimpe, Wein created the character Wolverine, who debuted in an issue of the Incredible Hulk. Wolverine later became a mainstay of the Marvel Universe when Wein and artist Dave Cockrum revamped the X-Men, a super-team originally created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the 1960s. When Wein and Cockrum’s Giant-Sized X-Men #1 was released in 1975, X-Men had not been published for five years, with the two introducing new characters including Storm, Collossus and Nightcrawler.
After returning to DC, Wein came up with the idea of Swamp Thing while riding the subway in Queens. He wrote the first issue in 1971, working with artist Bernie Wrightson (who died in March 2017). A shambling monster with the mind of a man, Swamp Thing was taken over by Alan Moore in the 1980s, with Wein serving as editor. The two would later work together on the classic comic Watchmen, with Moore writing, Wein editing and art by Dave Gibbons.