Len Wein, the comics writer who co-created such iconic characters as Wolverine and Swamp Thing, has died. He was 69.
His death was confirmed by DC Comics on Sunday. In a statement, Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment, called Wein "one of the most welcoming people and legends in comics," and said there's "hardly a facet of DC's world that Len didn't touch." Wein grew up loving comics, and with collaborator and friend Marv Wolfman, sold his first scripts to DC in 1968.
In addition to creating characters, Wein was a prolific editor, working on Watchmen, New Teen Titans, and Saga of the Swamp Thing. "Not every writer can be a good editor," Geoff Johns, president and chief creative officer of DC Entertainment, said in a statement. "But Len deserves equal credit for both talents. He helped to revitalize the entire DC Universe." Actor Hugh Jackman, who has played Wolverine in several blockbuster movies, tweeted Sunday night that he was "blessed to have known Len Wein. I first met him in 2008. I told him from his heart, mind, and hands came the greatest character in comics."