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Len Wein

Len Wein (born June 12) is an American 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).

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When I'm my own editor, there's very little difference between the first draft and the final. I wr
I try not to violate what came before me and to leave lots of wiggle room for those who will follo
I always wanted to fire rays out of my fingertips.
What makes a story is how well it manages to connect with the reader, the visceral effect it has.
Len Wein, Rich Buckler and Joe Sinnott present Fantastic Four on this week's show:
Like how they did with Gil Kane and José Luis García-López. 2/2. I don't think I have read anything by Len Wein?
Swamp Thing V1 by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. 1st App. Patchwork Man. See more @
These days, it seems that if you're not already in place, you can't get the...
Lord of the Rings, I think, is far and away the most brilliantly done stuff...
Unfortunately, there are writers whose only concern is how good they could ...
that Len Wein book is one my favorite of them.
A sequence in pencils from Legends of Tomorrow-Metal Men 2. Written by Len Wein.
The most unrealistic thing I've ever read in comics is when some group of c...
It all depends on which side of the desk you're sitting on.
My peak era for enjoying Hulk comics. creative team of Len Wein, Sal Buscema and Ernie Chan. Cover by Rich...
Legends of Tomorrow has Metal Men & hasn't even launched yet. By Len Wein too! Love that guy
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Batgirl -- this book is so consistent and solid & good. Swamp Thing -- OK 1st issue, better 2nd, now recommending new Len Wein series.
Sometimes you're not even sure which of your stories were failures. There a...
Len Wein was great and then later Alan Moore! Swamp Thing was treated well!
Swamp Thing is a superhero AND a monster in Len Wein's return to the icon
The true friend is someone who is on your side when they'd rather be elsewhere. - Len Wein
4 of 5 stars to Incredible Hulk Vol. 1 by Len Wein
Just found out about a new series by Len Wein & Kelley Jones, it's now my most anticipated comic of 2016
📷 slsblog: Smashed. Superman Cover by Nick Cardy. DC — Fury of the Energy-Eater! Script: Len Wein...
How would you like to have lunch with a living legend of Comics - Mr Len Wein ?Co creator of Wolverine and Swamp...
Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson's early and hastily rejected Swamp Thing concept art.
Len Wein. Got the Tales hardcover for Christmas, practically lived in it during the winter break.
I want an all-Englehart edition that includes his Batgirl story. The Wein issues go nicely in TALES OF THE BATMAN: LEN WEIN.
Batman Day signing with Len Wein, right now! @ Galaxy of Comics
ha! let's just get Danny Devito like Len Wein intended
Len Wein and Paris Cullins user star in their own book.
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A true friend is someone who is there for you when hed rather be anywhere else. Len Wein
Photo: Another beautiful Curt Swan page from *Superman* written by Len Wein. Love the engine leaping...
Hulk was 1 of the first books I read… Len Wein wrote it, Sal Buscema drew it & Joe Staton, then Ernie Chan inked it. Cool stuff
On the DC Convergence panel with Len Wein, Scott Lobdell, Marc Andreyko, Dan Jurgens, and Jeff King!
Worth repeating - no Art Adams, Len Wein or Marv Wolfman at Long Beach Comic Con this weekend.
Drat. What you got against Len Wein, if I may ask?
Len Wein has claimed he's made more money from creating Lucius Fox (due to Nolan movies) than Wolverine.
DC's soliciting a Batman 66 1-shot based on an unused Harlan Ellison TwoFace script by Len Wein and Jose Garcia Lopez! Wow
Three-day comic con features appearances from industry giants such as Image Comics founder Rob Liefield and Swamp Thing co-creator Len Wein
MARVEL TEAM-UP it's a MARVEL TEAM-UP comic! The first issue I ever had the chance to sample was a MARVEL TEAM-UP A sweet Len Wein story with art by Gil Kane delineated by Charlton's Wayne Howard. Howard is something of a Wally Wood-styled illustrator. His linework is rich and considerate. His one collaboration with Kane rates with any Wally Wood inks on Kane I've ever seen. The heart of MARVEL TEAM-UP, looking back on it now, seems to be the material with John Byrne associated with it - there's a good Hulk two-parter written by Bill Mantlo in TEAM-UP and 54, followed by a chapter in the life of Adam Warlock (and the Wallcrawler) in In the era began properly. Himself teamed with his X-MEN pardner, Chris Claremont, the two really poured it on. In sequence, there were Yellowjacket and the Wasp (over two issues), the sometimes star and not co-star of TEAM-UP, the Human Torch, Ms Marvel, Iron Fist,* Captain Britain, Tigra, Man-Thing, Havok and Thor in Byrne highly praised the inks of Tony Dezuniga there. His u ...
Nice to see Len Wein and Chris Claremont get Stan Lee style cameos as well. Marvel wasn‘t built by one man
I cannot say how other writers experience life. I know that for me, one of the best perks of being a writer is that sometimes you get to hang out with writers you admire -- especially writers you admire as people, because they get it about writing. And when you sit around swapping tales about the business of swapping tales, you not only learn valuable insights about writing, but occasionally you even get a bit of feedback on how your own work is regarded in the professional realm. Call it the self-selected personal Algonquin Round Table. (No, I will not explain it. Look it up.) For me, that round table includes Harlan Ellison, Len Wein, Adam-Troy Castro, Daniel Keys Moran, David Brin, Josh Olson, John Shirley, and Spider Robinson. There are others who I would name, but I don't get to see them or correspond with them enough. Like Samuel R. Delaney, Ben Bova, and goddammit, Fred Pohl, who had the bad taste to die earlier this year, just when I was getting to the point that I thought I could write a story go ...
Thor meets The Guardians of the Galaxy. Mighty Thor Annual 1977. Sal Buscema, Len Wein, and Roger Stern
Thanx for accepting me to the group. I'll start with my holy grail. Though its a "restored" label. I bought this raw for $400 at an anticipated grade of 6.0 and then added Stan Lee's signature and it csme back a 7.0. I was more than pleased but disappointed that I could in no way tell there was restoration. Ive since cracked it out and added Len Wein's signature as well. Held grade.
Len Wein developed a comic idea while riding a subway in Queens and referred to it as 'that Swamp Thing I'm working on.' The name stuck.
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The Wolverine Marvel editor-in-chief Roy Thomas asked writer Len Wein to devise a character specifically named Wolverine, who is Canadian and of small stature and with a wolverine's fierce temper.[10] John Romita, Sr. designed the first Wolverine costume, and believes he introduced the retractible claws, saying, "When I make a design, I want it to be practical and functional. I thought, 'If a man has claws like that, how does he scratch his nose or tie his shoelaces?'"[11] Wolverine first appeared in the final "teaser" panel of The Incredible Hulk (cover-dated Oct.1974) written by Wein and penciled by Herb Trimpe. The character then appeared in a number of advertisements in various Marvel Comics publications before making his first major appearance in The Incredible Hulk (Nov. 1974) again by Wein and Trimpe, who said he "distinctly remembers" Romita's sketch and that, "The way I see it, [Romita and writer Len Wein] sewed the monster together and I shocked it to life! ... It was just one of those secondary ...
Reading 'Before Watchmen' leaves me with mixed feelings. Part of me feels great to read about the characters again, and in greater depth as written and illustrated by luminaries like J. Michael Straczynski, Brian Azzarello, Darwyn Cooke, Len Wein, Adam Hughes, Lee Bermejo, J. G. Jones, Amanda Conner, Jae Lee and Eduardo Risso among others...and part of me feels that 'Watchmen' worked because it was original. That spark of originality by the creators demands that other creators make up their own, fresh, new, original work rather than be openly derivative of something others made up.
Wonder Woman: Gods and Mortals features the much-requested origin and first adventure of the world's most famous super-heroine from her late 80's comics relaunch by superstar creator George Perez (Avengers/JLA, Crisis on Infinite Earths). With the help of Len Wein,Greg Potter, and Bruce Pattrson, Perez brings his distinctive creative style to one of the most legendary comic-book characters ever created,resulting...
Preston Payne becomes third Clayface in Detective Comics (August 1978) by Len Wein and Marshall Rogers.
Michael Kantor, Todd McFarlane, Len Wein and Gerry Conway at the Television Critics Association press tour c
"Lucius Fox has earned me a great deal more money than Wolverine ever has..." Comic book writer Len Wein on Marvel/DC movies
And yeah, Len Wein making more movie money off Lucius Fox than Wolverine seems so weird.
I still find it funny that Wolverine came about because Roy Thomas challenged Len Wein to write a Canadian accent:
It's disheartening that Len Wein's seen more in royalties from Lucius Fox being used in other media than from Wolverine.
Wolverine creator Len Wein (who also co-created Lucius Fox) made more money from The Dark Knight Trilogy than...
I'm doing a signing with Comic Legend, Len Wein (Creator of Wolverine and Swamp Thing) on August 3rd…
"I wonder what Ryan is reading this week?" Thanks for asking and here are Ryan's 3 Picks of the Week... 1) Before Watchmen Ozymandias / Crimson Corsair TPB - The Crimson Corsair reads very well and is great flavor to go along with the Watchmen prequels but Ozymandias is so supremely incredible that in my opinion it should retroactively be added to the original Watchmen story. It reads like Adrian's manifesto. How he went from wealth to self imposed poverty just to prove his capabilities to himself. His retracing of Alexander of Macedonia's footsteps to the deaths that shape the future of this universe's Earth. Beautifully illustrated by Jae Lee and written by Len Wein. This trade gets three hearts and a snap from the Irish judges. 2) Jupiter's Legacy - If you aren't reading this title you either hate comic books or are afraid of trying things outside of the mainstream. The rift between the fathers and their children widens as harsh words are exchanged and the steps towards a new better world or a simple e ...
completely agree. I just started reading Swamp Thing. Did Len Wein's run, now on Alan Moore
It includes stories by Chris Claremont, Len Wein, and Alan Moore.
Check out the first of my 2 shows covering C2E2! This first one is a couple of interviews; first is Len Wein,...
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A podcast dedicated to the convention experience.
In honor of Marv Wolfman's birthday, I'd like to re-present this classic story by Len Wein, Marv Wolfman, Neal Adams *** Giordano, and Julius Schwartz Forty-two years ago, the Dynamic Duo discovered the secret behind "The House That Haunted Batman!"
It irritated me bcos the joy of Watchmen is what you don't see but the art was gorgeous and Len Wein is a great writer.
Len Wein and Herb Trimpe discuss the development and evolution of one of Marvel's most iconic characters, Wolverine.
The best pictures of the flora and fauna, the most incredible moments in which nature never fails to surprise us.
Superhero Logic (i.e. comic book store conversations) illustrated in an easy fashion.
says, "Hey, DC... if you want me to buy one of your Superman comics again, just have Elliot S Maggin as the writer, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez as the artist, Dave Hunt as the inker, Clem Robins as the letterer and Len Wein as the editor and 'll gladly put my comic book reading money where my big mouth is if you do!"
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They had a "back door pilot" episode with Len Wein, Glen David Gould and Michael Chabon a few weeks back.
For February 21st of Black Comic Book History Month, I present Brother Voodoo. Created by Len Wein (who also created February 7th's entry, Storm, and February 13th's, Amanda Waller) and Gene Colan (who also created February 1st's entry, the Falcon) in 1973 for Marvel Comics, he debuted as a lead in "Strange Tales," Marvel's horror/fantasy anthology series most notable for its Doctor Strange stories, and continued as a backup feature in other similar titles. Jericho Drumm was born in Port-au-Prince, moving to America as an adult and becoming a successful psychologist. When his brother is murdered by a voodoo sorcerer, however, he takes-up studying as a houngan to exact revenge, acquiring great magical powers. When that task was complete, Drumm became known as Brother Voodoo and joined the superhero community, maintaining both his psychology and voodoo practices. Like Doctor Strange, he takes a manservant and makes his home in a vast estate that acts as a magical sanctum, becoming the resident hero of ...
In the near future, I'll be writing about the Marvel horror reprints of the 1970s, some of which I worked on. I know these issues were already put together when I was proofreading them, but neither Roy Thomas or myself can't remember who selected the stories for each issue. Can anyone recall anyone writing about this? Roy thinks it might have been Tony Mortellaro or Marie Severin, but wasn't sure.
Do Len Wein and Herb Trimpe get reprint royalties each time Incredible Hulk gets reprinted, does anyone know offhand?
I thought Len Wein created Wolverine but of those--Chris. And it further muddies the water. Where does creation begin and end?
there are dramatically less than Len Wein's era but Marvel Now & Nu 52 HAVE created new superhero characters.
Listening to Len Wein listing all the characters he created for superhero comics on the Nerdist Writers Panel.
This year's Gallifrey convention was the biggest yet in their 24 year history (and likely to stay that way since the convention is capped at around 3500 people). I had a lot of fun even though my fondness for Doctor Who really only extends to the modern incarnation. The convention was great, well run, and the attendees all seemed enthusiastic and excited to be there, a kind of energy that I haven't seen at science fiction or comic conventions in recent years. Along with the various Doctor Who writers and actors (from the TV series as well as the radio shows, podcasts, books, comics, etc.) there were a pretty fair number of non-Who (or very limited Who) pros around. People I saw and spent time hanging around with (and aren't too sleep deprived to remember) include Nancy Holder, Barbara Hambly, Deric Hughes, Erin Maher, Kay Reindl, Gabrielle Stanton, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman, and lots of others. I was on three panels over the weekend, the first two of which are in the photos herewith (taken and sent to me ...
I'm a neurotic New York Jew by birth. Creating characters is second nature to me. — Len Wein
I hate when actors make fun or imply that the comic characters they played are somehow less legit or not as important as other roles they played. All I see when I look at you Hugh Jackman is Wolverine. Not whatever fruffy french singing dude you are playing now,
Thanks for that! I'm going to tell my comic-loving son: "Len Wein said you have to see this movie." Now he'll go with me for sure.
Welcome to another issue of the EVERETT COMICS NEWSLETTER!! We have a great week in store for you this week!! Lots of great comics and special orders, new Doctor Who items, and statues! We will also be getting new items from Superhero Stuff, Hats, Shirts, and Sweatshirts. The Previews Countdown Clock stands at 17 days orders are due NO LATER than the 21st of December. As the end of the year approaches I would like to remind ALL of our box holders that your box needs to be 100% cleaned out before December 31st so that we may do our end of the year inventory. If you are unable to do that please tell one of us so that we can assist you. Featured Items for February; BEFORE WATCHMEN DOLLAR BILL (MR) DC COMICS (W) Len Wein (A/CA) Steve Rude "Are you kidding? I'm only an actor, not a real crimefighter." On sale Jan 30/...$3.99 FEARLESS DEFENDERS NOW Marvel Comics (W) Cullen Bunn (A) Will Sliney (CA) Mark Brooks NEW TEAM! NEW VILLAINS! NEW CREATORS! Valkyrie and Misty Knight are the Fearless Defenders and not sin ...
Wein and Rude Craft Before Watchmen: Dollar Bill One-Shot - DC Comics' Before Watchmen line continues to grow with a Dollar Bill one-shot from Len Wein and Steve Rude being announced for late January.
Silk Spectre is amazing. Minutemen is pretty good too. I'm interested in more but not "more by Len Wein".
I know Len Wein apparently made a lot of money since Nolan used Lucius Fox in his trilogy.
The Phantom Stranger all it does is make me miss the Len Wein & Jim Aparo 1970s version. Not my stranger!
Swamp Thing, a fictional character, is a humanoid/plant creature elemental in the DC Comics Universe, created by writer Len Wein and artist Berni Wrightson. Swamp Thing has had several humanoid or monster incarnations, depending on various story lines. He first appeared in House of Secrets (July...
.Hah! Roy Thomas to Archie Goodwin to Steve Englehart & finally Len Wein's 3+ year run! (Writing about it all now for my book.)
It's amazing that when you have such writers as Len Wein, Brian Azzarello, Darwyn Cooke and JMS, that they produce such bland stories for the Watchmen. Going into these books I knew they were completely unnecessary stories (Watchmen is really an entire story, no questions needed to be answered), but I at least expected well crafted stories. With the exception of Minutemen, all of these books are just pretty. No substance, all flash.
Before Watchmen fans: Have questions for Darwyn Cooke, Amanda Conner or Len Wein? Send them using and we'll ask some at
Help! I'll be working press at SDCC next week and I have an interview scheduled with some of the people behind "Before Watchmen"~ Darwyn Cooke, Amanda Connor and Len Wein. Anyone have any questions they'd like asked? I've got nothing so far... help! ~elizabeth ann
if DC makes Len Wein talk to the press with a minder present, that does more to prove Alan Moore's point than anything else!
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In each new issue of BEFORE WATCHMEN, there will be a two-page back-up story, THE CURSE OF THE CRIMSON CORSAIR, written by original series editor Len Wein with art by original series colorist John Higgins
John Higgins, a longtime contributor to the UK’s popular 2000 AD comics magazine and a prolific artist in his own right, is best known to most fans as the colorist behind Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ seminal superhero epic Watchmen. He’s also, along with series editor Len Wein, working on The Curse ...
Listen to what Len Wein thinks of Alan Moore's 'Before Watchmen' stance.
Spent the weekend hangin' with Peter Mayhew, Tom Kane, Mark Texeira, Lloyd Kaufman, Len Wein and Herb Trimpe. No big deal.
This time, David, Jeffrey and Michael sit down with legendary comic book writer and editor Len Wein for a chat about his time writing and editing Green Lantern. Wein discusses how he came on to the book, plot points from his run and the circumstances surrounding his departure. There’s also talk abou...
Comic Con Was awesome. Got to do more this year than I did last year, yet oddly spent less money this year than I did last year. Missed my chance to meet and get an autograph from James Marsters. By the time I went upstairs to get his autograph, he had gone to his photo op, then had a panel. After that, he left. I did meet Stan Lee (again for the second year in a row), Len Wein (creator of Wolverine) and Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, V) as well as alot of very cool fans. Also found an old friend from high school I hadnt seen in years. Sadly alot of other friends were there but due to the crowds I did not see them. Overall, Awesome day. Cant wait til next year. I wish I could go again tomorrow.
.Sunday's Nerdist Writers Panel is on Comics and TV with Jackson Publick, Len Wein and Ed Brubaker! 4:30 Start
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