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RIP Len Wein, creator of Wolverine, Swamp Thing, editor of Watchmen

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Comic-book writer and artist Len Wein, co-creator of Wolverine and Swamp Thing, died on Sunday at the age of 69.


A master of many aspects of the form, Wein worked as an artist and editor, but was primarily known for his writing, having written for a veritable who’s who of classic characters, including Daredevil, Flash, Superman, Spider-Man, Batman and the Hulk.



Wein had suffered from various health complaints, undergoing a quintuple heart bypass in 2015 and regularly updating fans on Twitter with hospital updates, many written by his wife, photographer and lawyer Christine Valada. In March, Wein tweeted that he was going into surgery with the hashtag #IWantWolverinesHealingFactor, a joke about the near-invulnerability of his cantankerous creation. Most recently he had undergone surgery for an abscess on one of his heel bones. Two days before he died, Valada tweeted: “Out of surgery, which went very well.”


Comics fans and professionals posted tributes to Wein. In a series of tweets, author and comic book writer Neil Gaiman said: “I just learned that my friend and writing inspiration @LenWein passed away this morning. My love and condolences to his wife. He wrote Swamp Thing, Phantom Stranger, & my favourite Batman stories. He showed 12 year old me that comics could be literature. Len Wein was the editor who brought the British creators to DC. He was one of the nicest people I’ve met, in 30 years in comics. He will be missed. And I will miss him.”


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